We provide a pathway for students to achieve at the highest level, if they desire, with many Walford students having represented the state.
Rowing provides all students with a platform to deal with adversity as well as success, building resilience and self-esteem. All participants benefit from the commitment, self-motivation and practice required. They learn that self-improvement can be achieved through tenacity and hard work.
The teamwork required ensures students learn to manage their relationships with others both in the boat and on land. Along with the physical fitness and health benefits, good communication, organisation and time management skills are developed.
Our rowing program is offered to students in Years 8 - 12. The season runs over the Summer months, during Terms 4 and 1. Training is held several times a week at West Lakes on the purpose-built AM Ramsay Regatta Course.
Walford’s rowing success has been recognised locally, nationally and internationally.
In 2014, Walford’s First Eight won the SA Head of the River for the fifth year in a row, equaling our record set in the early 1990s which has not been matched by any girls’ school since.
Walford has won the prestigious Florence Eaton trophy for the Schoolgirl First Eight race more times than any other school in South Australia.
As well as participating regularly in the Rowing SA regatta program, which culminates each year in the SA Head of the River, Walford also competes in interstate events such as the Melbourne Head Regatta and the Australian Rowing Championships, where Walford crews won gold and silver medals in 2013.
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