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Head of Schoolgirls Rowing Regatta History

1985 VIC Head of Schoolgirls' Regatta

The first Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta was conducted on Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. The regatta host was MLC.

The first regatta comprised 7 events with 16 schools and 240 competitors. The regattas were planned to be hosted and run by participating girls’ schools, the task alternating each year.

One of the driving forces of the early years of this regatta was Susie Palfreyman.

Susie was a great coach and school administrator, commencing the MLC program in 1980, coaching many MLC crews to the highest Australia levels and established MLC as the dominant schoolgirl club of her era. In 1985 she coached Mercantile’s first ever winning women’s crew, inaugurated the rowing programme at Firbank and of greatest interest to this history, established the Head of the Schoolgirls regatta.

In 1984 MLC won the APS Head of the River women’s four and non-APS crews were not invited back. MLC remains the only non-APS crew to win an APS event. The need for the new regatta was critical to the success of schoolgirl rowing.

Susie Palfreyman was a founder and President of the regatta committee for over 20 years. She was the key person who developed the regatta into the important event that it now is. Her great input was her vision for the regatta, understanding what was possible and making that happen, bringing together the schools and making the regatta fun for all involved. She has built the regatta into the great success of today.

Susie was inducted into the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame in 2011 for bringing such fame and notoriety to the sport through this and other great work.


Susie Palfreyman being inducted in 2011 to the Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame

 


Organising Committee and Officials

Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta Committee: Not known

Jury: Not known


Race Results

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Single Scull Open Division 1

Distance - Not recorded

Time - Not recorded

1st Ballarat High School 

Coxed Four Open Division 1

Distance - Not recorded

Time - Not recorded

1st Methodist Ladies College 

Coxed Four Open Division 2

Distance - Not recorded

Time - Not recorded

1st Methodist Ladies College 

Coxed Four Open Division 3

Distance - Not recorded

Time - Not recorded

1st Geelong College 

Coxed Four Open Division 4

Distance - Not recorded

Time - Not recorded

1st Geelong Grammar 

Coxed Four Year 10 Division 1

Distance - Not recorded

Time - Not recorded

1st Geelong Grammar 

Coxed Four Year 9 Division 1

Distance - Not recorded

Time - Not recorded

1st Wesley College 

Sources

2011 Victorian Rowing Hall of Fame book by Andrew Guerin - published November 2011

Rowing Victoria: www.rowingvictoria.asn.au/competition/HOSG/

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