Duo’s splash of silver

Georgia Wheeler and Lucy Jenkins celebrate their success. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d401637
Georgia Wheeler and Lucy Jenkins celebrate their success. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d401637

The dynamic duo teamed up only two months before the Sydney nationals, where Georgia also won gold in the single scull event.

‘We were so excited because we hadn’t trained very much in the doubles as much as the other boats, so we didn’t really expect what the competition would be like there,’ Georgia said.

For the Year 10 Perth Modern student, the success in Sydney was a great achievement after only picking up an oar for the first time 18 months ago.

‘I just always wanted to try a different sport and when I heard about rowing I thought I’d give it a go,’ she said.

Methodist Ladies’ College Year 11 student Lucy, of Claremont, said she started out in the sport 2½years ago after swimming at a national level because of her school’s strong rowing program.

‘The head of rowing offered to let me join halfway though the season and I really liked it,’ Lucy said.

Leading up to nationals, the girls trained 11 times a week, but juggling six gym and five rowing sessions with school paid off, with the pair recently receiving their silver medals.

‘It was so much fun, the atmosphere was amazing,’ Lucy said.

‘We just went out to try our best and hoped we’d win it.’