The event, held in Adelaide, showcased over 1400 entries from across Australia and New Zealand with 105 clubs taking part in the regatta featuring rowers aged 27 and over.
Both Parker and Real represented WA in the highly coveted Interstate Masters events, with Parker racing in the WA interstate masters women’s quad and Real in the WA interstate masters men’s quad.
WA stuck near the front throughout the race, but were eventually edged out, Parker said. ‘We both came fifth in our respective race, but we were right with them and very happy with the high competitive standard of the race,’ she said.
‘We are very keen to try out again next year for the state team and better our results.’
Victoria came out on top, claiming the D category events of interstate masters women’s coxed eight, interstate masters women’s quad and the interstate masters men’s quad.
But Queensland managed to retain its title of the interstate masters men’s coxed eight with a team that included three Olympians, Chip McKibben, Ian Luxford and Michal Toon.
Parker and Real joined other WA club crews to compete in a variety of double and an eight boat race events.
Real came away with a silver medal in the mixed D double and a bronze medal in the Men C double.
Parker made it through to the finals in the women’s double, which exceeded all expectations as the crew had only rowed together once prior to the race.
The Champions Lake duo were just outside the medals in the Champion Lakes Club double.
Parker and Real said that they both enjoyed the challenge of competing at national level and are eager to perform well at next year’s event.
They thanked their club coaches Pamela Pearson and Daniel Foucar.