Sisters row to Rio

Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club members Vintaea (left) and Jelly Carlos training for the Rio Olympics.
Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club members Vintaea (left) and Jelly Carlos training for the Rio Olympics. Geoff Potter

TWO Noosa sisters - 22-year-old Vintaea and 16-year-old Majella Carlos - have set their goals to be rowing Olympians at Rio.

"My friends have no idea that when I set a goal I will leave no stone unturned to try and make that dream come true," Vintaea said yesterday.

While they are relative newcomers to the sport, Vintaea and Majella are aiming to represent Australia at the 2014 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Jelly Carlos, a Year 11 student at Noosa District High, said her bold Olympic bid had the full support of her four older sisters and five brothers.

"Both my sister and I have been inspired by the London Olympics," she said.

"I am rowing with my sister five times a week and our plan is to compete as lightweights in the lightweight double event."

Simon Newcomb, a former Olympian who visited the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club recently to help re-establish a grass-roots youth rowing program, said that the sisters had all the pre-requisites to make their Olympic dreams come true.

Both girls are now training five days a week at the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club under the watchful eyes of senior rowing coaches Cherrie Morton and Kerrie Cooney.

Noosa Rowing Club captain Graham Lorking, a former Mosman Rowing Club and New South Wales lightweight sculler, said he was thrilled to have the girls involved.

"We have already had one Olympian, Hannah Every Hall come from our club and there is absolutely no reason why we cannot spawn two others from the young people now flocking back to the club," Lorking said.

The girls' Olympic bid coincides with a campaign to re-establish the Noosa club as a sporting powerhouse.

"We have a plan to get young grade 7 and grade 8 children involved from all of our local schools and colleges and to restore the Noosa Head of the River races we once held on the river in the middle 1990s," Lorking said.

"We want to restore the young base in rowing in Noosa with a five-year plan."

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