Current Year 12 student Jane Perrignon has been selected to represent Australia at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Lithuania in August this year. Jane follows in the footsteps of past students Maddi Brown, Sasha Culley, Kirstie Green, Bridgette Hardy and Sarah Harte; members of the Australian Junior Women's Eight who traveled to Rio for the corresponding championships in 2015.


Jane was selected to represent Australia following the national selection trials in April. Jane was invited to the trials alongside fellow GGS rowers James Heath, Oscar McLachlan and Jamima Jamieson. While both the boys and girls crews won their respective interstate races by comfortable margins, Jane was the only GGS student to earn national team selection. From this point, it all becomes a bit of a whirlwind for Jane and her crew.

"We have a training camp with all the Junior and U23 crews at the end of June in Penrith before we leave Australia in mid-July and will have a training camp in Italy before we go to Lithuania," Jane said.


Hailing from Burleigh Heads, Jane joined the School in Year 7 and began rowing for the School with the 10E crew in 2015. She made the leap to the Girls' 1st VIII in 2016, winning the Girls' Head of the River title as well as Head of the Schoolgirls honours in a crew containing, among others, Sasha and Sarah. "It's really good to be able to talk to them about everything I'm going through and what's expected in the lead-up to the Championships," Jane said.

This year's National Championships marked Jane's final competition representing the Light Blue; an experience she looks back on with great fondness, even at this early stage. "I really enjoyed the Nationals this year especially as we weren't able to go last year (due to a scheduling clash)."

"But the highlight of the season would have to be winning at Heads of the River for the second consecutive year."