The Nudgee College Rowing Program has once again made history, recording its fifth consecutive 1st VIII Head of the River Championship on Saturday.

Coach Mr John Bowes has been at the helm for all five of Nudgee College’s Head of the River victories; an unprecedented achievement by any coach in more than 95 years of Queensland GPS Rowing.

During the race the Nudgee College 1st VIII overtook The Southport School at the 1000m mark to take the lead. They managed to stay in front until the end to win by 1.7 seconds.

“It took a lot of courage for the boys to back themselves the way they did to hang onto the lead,” John said.

Year 12 student Isaac Schmidt has been the coxswain of the 1st VIII crew since 2015, making him one of only three people to be listed three times on the O’Connor Cup for being part of a 1st VIII winning crew.

The Nudgee College rowers also managed to win the Old Boys’ Cup for the fourth consecutive year, which is awarded based on the results of all crews competing for their school at Head of the River.