Boats named after principals

Kelmscott SHS student Victoria Buck with former student and assistant coach Kate Farley and former Armadale SHS principal Joe Kalajzich with the boat named after him. d403210
Kelmscott SHS student Victoria Buck with former student and assistant coach Kate Farley and former Armadale SHS principal Joe Kalajzich with the boat named after him. d403210

The boat was named the Tony Terry, in honour of the school’s principal of 20 years, who had supported the school’s rowing program in its early stages.

The naming ceremony was held during a school assembly.

Meanwhile, the Champion Lakes Boating Club also named two boats, one after Joe Kalajzich, who helps out at the club.

Mr Kalajzich was involved with Kelmscott SHS for many years and was the head of Society and Environment before moving to principal positions at Roleystone and Armadale Senior High School.

Mr Kalajzich volunteered his time to help establish the rowing program at Kelmscott.

He has remained with the squad since its inception and is now trained as a level one coach.

Senior rowing squad head coach Lee Blackwell was honoured with the naming of a scull after him as a nod to his help to significantly improve the squad and act as a role model and mentor to members.

The naming ceremony was attended by Armadale MLA Tony Buti, school board chairman Keith Hancock, and members of the Champion Lakes Boating Club, including captain Daniel Foucar and president Glenn Baker.

Kelmscott SHS competed in their first regatta for the year on June 22.