There was no blood, but there was plenty of sweat, a few
tears and about 60 Logan Park High School pupils gasping for
air and flapping blistered hands, all rowing frantically in
an attempt to beat New Zealand rowers Mahe Drysdale and Emma
Unlike traditional rowing regattas, there were no boats, no
water and Drysdale and Twigg were not there.
Instead, four rowing machines were set up in the school hall
for the school's annual interhouse indoor rowing contest,
which was cheered on by about 150 noisy spectators.
Health, physical education and sport head of department Scott
Bayne said the school state-of-the-art Concept D rowing
machines were run via computer software which let the rowers
see their ''boat'' on a screen, its elapsed time and
real-time racing position in the regatta.
Pupils in teams of four, took turns to row 500m each in the
2000m races, with the aim of beating Emma Twigg's 2012
Olympic time of 8min 1.76sec, and Mahe Drysdale's time of
At the end of the day, two records fell and two records still
While the junior boys and junior girls failed to beat
Drysdale's or Twigg's times, the boys managed to beat last
year's school record of 7min 42.2sec with a time of 7min
14.8sec; and the girls managed to top last year's school
record of 8min 34.7sec with 8min 9.6sec.
For the senior pupils, it was the opposite, Mr Bayne said.
The senior boys and girls managed to beat Drysdale's and
Twigg's times again this year, but not the school's record
times, set by pupils in last year's regatta.
The records stand at 6min 36.5sec for the boys and 7min
49.2sec for the girls.
Mr Bayne said the event aimed to increase pupil participation
in physical activity while developing house spirit and
stimulating an interest in rowing.
Whatever the outcome, the event would have been a success, he