Today we held our annual Rowing Assembly, in preparation for this weekend's Head of the River Regatta at Champion Lakes.
The rowing crews and official party were piped in by the Trinity Pipes & Drums, and following the opening formalities, the MC, Year 12 student Jean-Paul Starkie, introduced guest speaker Mr Jamie Hewlett ('04). Following his graduation from Trinity, Jamie went on to pursue a PhD in Physics, while also continuing his rowing career. After reminiscing about his own experience in the 2004 Head of the River, Jamie went on to discuss what rowing means to him. He spoke about the resilience he has built as a result of his rowing experience and also about the sense of community within the Trinity Rowing Club.
Following the introduction of the rowing crews, the Captain of Boats, Alex Rossi gave an inspiring speech to his team mates and students. He spoke about rowing being an endurance sport, and one of the biggest factors in any endurance sport is getting past the voice in your head that wants you stop. He reminded his team mates to use their mental strength and courage in Saturday's race to overcome the biggest battle - the one fought in their head.
After an address from Mr O'Neill, the Director of Rowing, Mr Phil Jurjevich, presented Trinity's new boat, named after Jamie Hewlett, to the assembly. Fra Oscar blessed the boat while Mr Jurjevich said a few words about Jamie. He said Jamie has consistently demonstrated loyalty, bravery and honesty, and he is a role model for all Trinity students.
As is Trinity tradition, the assembly concluded with a performance by a lone piper, Alex Pagano, and a row past of the 1st VIII on the Swan River outside of the Sports Centre. We wish all of our rowing crews the best of luck in this weekend's Head of the River Regatta!