Roma rower makes Oz team
Roma's Jessica Scott is "over the moon” after being selected to represent Australia at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships, which are to be held in the Czech Republic in August.
Scott joined the sport in Year 8 after moving to the Gold Coast for school and has since achieved highly at state and national level.
She has been selected to represent in the coxless four team, with fellow team mates Leukie Smith, Hilary Ballinger and Phoebe Thompson, after their performance at the Australian trials.
The team will be competing in the 2km row.
Selection for the championships has been a long-term goal for Scott.
"We went into our grading race and managed to do a great time,” she said.
"The team was all very excited when we heard about the selection, as it's all of our first time in an Australian rep team.
"My teammate Leukie and I started our training in January - it was a great feeling to know that all of the hard work and early mornings paid off.
"We couldn't believe it at first, it seemed so surreal, but now we are starting to prepare, we have received a new boat for training and new oars, all with the Aussie colours on them.”
Prior to the Australian selection in Sydney, Scott and teammate Smith showed they were a force to be reckoned with at the National Rowing Championships in NSW.
The pair picked up three gold and two silver medals, placing them in good stead for the trials.
The team is hoping to medal at the world championships but all agree the experience of attending the event would be thrilling.
Scott was drawn to rowing after participating in multiple sports while attending Roma State College and has never looked back.
"Two of my older brothers rowed and I knew they liked it, so I thought I would give it a go,” Scott said.
"In Grade 8 I wasn't in the top crew at school but I worked my way up over the years until I reached the first eight in Year 12.”
Scott and her teammates will be jetting off to a training camp in Italy in July, before continuing on to the world championships.
Her parents, who still live in Roma, will be flying to the Czech Republic to support the team at the championships.