Chris Brennan returns from NSW State Masters Rowing Championships with a bagful of medals

THE success of Chris Brennan at the NSW State Masters Rowing Championships could flow onto the Scone Grammar School’s (SGS) sporting community.

The secondary PE teacher returned home from the Sydney International Regatta Centre, at Penrith, with a total of four medals.

Brennan contested the “F” category, which covered the 60-64 age group, and collected a bronze in the single skull, silver in the doubles and gold in the quad.

To cap off a brilliant competition, she also moved into the 65-69 years’ division and won the women’s quad.

“I’m ecstatic with the results,” Brennan said.

“I’ve been attending the state and nationals [Masters] almost every year since 2001.

“This is first time I’ve snared gold [at state], so it’s something a bit special.

“Also, we weren’t expected to win the women’s quad [in the 65-69 section].

“To beat the Sydney Rowing Club was a thrill.

“They came from everywhere to race at state.

“And, the Sydney International Regatta Centre is a spectacular venue.”

Brennan still rates her two “silvers” at the nationals as her greatest achievements in the sport.

“I’ve finished second in the singles, as well as the doubles,” she said.

“You always appreciate medalling at that level.

“But, the 2017 nationals will be the first one I’ve missed in the past 13 years.”

It’s an incredible accomplishment for Brennan, who only learnt to row in 2001.

“I absolutely love it.

“I have a bung knee, so I can’t do athletics anymore,” she added with a laugh.

“But, it’s such an addictive sport.

“I represent Lake Macquarie on weekends at regattas in the Central Districts.

“The social side is wonderful.

“And, as you get older, the health and fitness aspect of it is important.”

Now, the school’s rowing coordinator is turning her attention to the SGS program.

“Over the past few years, I’ve been keen to establish the sport [at SGS],” Brennan said.

“Every Tuesday afternoon we head out to Lake Glenbawn.

“Next season, we’ll have crews – nine to ten students – ready to race.

“However, I’d like to see more pupils take on rowing.”