Lachlan’s a force to be reckoned with on the Fitzroy River
WHEN Lachlan Becker grows up he wants to fight crime, but for now he is happy fighting the current as he rows down the Fitzroy River.
The Rockhampton Grammar School rower is revelling in his success after clinching three gold medals at the Queensland Rowing Championships in Bundaberg over the weekend.
After rowing his way to top honours in the under-16 boys coxed quad event with team-mates Lawson Storey, Ben Ramsey and Rigardt Kruger, Becker joined forces with Storey in the U16 boys double skull before dominating the U16 boys single scull.
Becker, who first got behind the oars at the age of 13 said he felt like all of his hard work on the water had paid off following his achievements at the Queensland titles.
"I'm feeling pretty good about my results," Becker said.
"I knew I'd do quite well, but I didn't think I'd get three gold medals.
"It was really hard and after training quite a bit in the lead-up to the event all the training has paid off.
"We were in the water six times a week and in the gym twice a week."
The rising rowing star said while it could get tough out on the water, it was his team-mates who spurred him on.
"All of my team-mates did really well," he said.
"We talk to each other, help and motivate each other throughout the race and that is what keeps us going.
"In the individual event
it's a case of the faster I go the quicker I'll get to the end and I'm motivated to win."
With the state tiles done and dusted, Becker said he had changed his focus to the Australian Rowing Championships to be held in February.
"I'll still be training a few times a week over the holidays but next year when school starts again we'll get back into it," the 15-year-old said.
"I don't really have any expectations for the national titles because it's a really big regatta, but I'll try as hard as I can."