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Jack Lawrence

Above: Jack in the bow with Angus Maloney at 2016 Wendouree Ballarat Regatta

 

Jack commenced his rowing at Ballarat Grammar and in 2012 raced in the year 10 number 1 crew which finished second in the Head of the Lake. In 2013 he raced in the 3rd four which won its race at the Head of the Lake and 2014, raced in the first four which finished second in the Head of the Lake.

 

In 2015 he broke his shoulder so his rowing was put on hold until winter. In June 2015, he started rowing with the Mercs youth squad and had a great winter preparation.

 

Youth crews

Above: 2016 Wendouree Ballarat Regatta – winning men’s and women’s under 21 eight – Jack standing far right

His 2015-16 season has been superb with great wins at the State Championships and is a member of the Victorian Youth Eight. Jack is now looking forward to a good National Championships.

 

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Above: Winning under 21 eight at Barwon – Jack third from left

When asked about his memorable races, Jack mentions his first race for Mercs in the Men’s B eight at the Melbourne Head.

 

Why rowing? “My cousin and sister rowed and were good at it. Told to try it and liked it. Love that it is a water sport and the mateship of it.”

 

Why Mercs? “Good people, good fun and it works.”

 

Andrew Guerin – March 2016

 

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