Josh Rose will row from Lismore to Ballina in a single cull to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
Josh Rose will row from Lismore to Ballina in a single cull to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. The Northern Star

Young rowing star to do gruelling scull for helicopter

TWELVE months ago Josh Rose had blisters all over his hands and could barely move.

The Bentley oarsman had just completed almost 10 hours of torture rowing in a single scull from Ballina to Lismore.

Rose, 18, is set to attempt the challenge for a second time next Saturday but isn't exactly feeling any more confident.

"It's probably worse because I know what to expect now," Rose said.

"The blisters on my hands were ridiculous and I could barely move for about two days.

"Mentally I know what to expect now and it's a big day on the water.

Fundraising facts

  • All money raised from Rose's big row goes to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.
  • People can donate a fixed sum or pledge a per km rate to a maximum of 115km.
  • To donate, text Rose on 0401 660 424 or 0429 239 359 before the challenge next Saturday.

"It's certainly not easy and not something you could do every day.

"I'll leave about 5.45am and probably get home just in time for dinner."

Rose will attempt to beat his 2014 time as he rows 115km along the Richmond River.

It took him 9 hours 48 minutes on his first attempt and he expects to beat that next weekend.

"It's something I said I would do again and I want to make it an annual thing," Rose said.

"You have to be tactical out there; it's not just mindless rowing.

"I treat it like a big training session and it's a good day out on the water."

Rose will raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.

He is only the second person from the Lismore Rowing Club to achieve the distance after John Power originally did it several years ago.

"Hopefully it's something that can grow and over time people might join in," he said.

"Any training before state titles is beneficial and to get to raise money is a bonus."

Rose is in the North Coast Academy of Sport and is preparing for the state titles in September.


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