Meet the four most accomplished rowers in the history of Gippsland Grammar
Gippsland Grammar wrote the names Anthony Smith, Billy Osborne, Cameron Rule and Lindsay Hamilton in the history books following the school’s most successful Nationals campaign to date.
In April, the four senior school boys won two National titles, and one silver medal at the Australian Rowing Championships held on Lake Nagambie.
In less than two weeks, Smith, Osborne, Rule and Hamilton will board their boat on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England and take their place at the starting line in the Men’s Under-19 Coxless Quad Scull at the Henley Royal Regatta; one of the most prestigious regattas in the world.
The Henley Royal Regatta, running from June 28 until July 3, is the highlight of the summer rowing calendar and the social season in the UK.
To race the world-class event in Aussie style, Smith, Osborne, Rule, and Hamilton have grown out their luscious locks to ensure the best foundation for their pre-race mullet cuts.
Following the Henley Royal Regatta, Year 12 students Billy Osborne and Lindsay Hamilton continue to make Gippsland Grammar history as they represent Australia in the under-19 Men’s Quad Scull at the Rowing World Championships in Italy in July.
Gippsland Grammar harbours the only rowing team east of Melbourne, which sparks the question of how, in a region dominated by football and netball, did Smith, Osborne, Rule and Hamilton discover rowing? What does it take to win a national rowing title? A quick tip: eating at least three breakfasts and drinking litres upon litres of milk. Who is the person behind the oar and underneath that mullet of hair? And at the age of 17 and 18, with futures abundant in opportunities, what is next for the champion rowers?