Sally Kehoe has claimed both the women’s single and double scull national titles at the 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington, Tasmania.
Kehoe, who heralds from the Queensland town of Toowoomba, has switched from sweep rowing to sculling in 2009 and showed her strength in the discipline with two commanding performances
In the final of the women’s single scull, Kehoe led for the entire race and crossed the line in a time of 8:25.94 to lead home Pippa Savage (QLD) by two boat lengths. South Australia’s Anna McRae rounded out the top three.
Kehoe, who won the event in 2005, is happy with her early season form as she decides whether to row internationally in 2009.
“It’s three years since I’ve concentrated on sculling events and it feels good to be back,” Kehoe said. “My intentions were always to get back into sculling and to win two national titles is great.
“It was a great race with Pippa today but I am just loving being back in the single again.”
Later in the morning Kehoe then combined with Sarah Cook (ACT) to win the final of the women’s double scull.
Cook and Kehoe, who are both rowing out of the Sydney University boat sheds, won in a time of 7:27.24. Pippa Savage combined with Anna McRae to win the silver medal, while Lisa Szatsznajder (VIC) and Emma McCarthy (QLD) won the bronze medal.
Kehoe was a junior world champion in the women’s double scull in 2003 and junior world champion in the women’s single scull in 2004.
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