EMILY Carey boasts a perfect smile these days but she might be
glad it was not always that way.
Noticing how tall his teenage patient was, Carey's orthodontist
convinced her to give rowing a try and she has not looked back
since, pushing her way into the elite ranks in only two years.
The Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Rowing Club member won gold in
the under-17 double scull with Brisbane's Pippa Robinson.
The pair also combined with Trinity Lutheran College rowers
Rosalind Cartmill and Daisy Strubberfield to take bronze in the
"In a year, (coach) Gary Annand and Emily have gone from nowhere
to one of the best in the country," Carey's father Malcolm said.
"It's only going to get better from now on depending (on how
much work she puts in). She has the ability and hunger for it."
Carey's advice from her orthodontist coincided with a school
visit from Olympic gold medallist Duncan Free, who sparked an
interest in rowing from the then-Aussie rules player.
Carey was one of several Gold Coast rowers to dominate at the
national titles in Adelaide recently.
Free was among them with a win in the men's four and fourth
place in the King's Cup open eight with the Queensland crew.
Somerset College's Henry Leef won gold in the under-17 men's
single scull and teamed with Xavier Power to take silver in the
Regan Spark was among the successful crew in the under-19
women's eight and Khaney Lakaev, who rows for Toowong/Commercial
in Brisbane, took gold with the under-23 men's four and bronze
in the under-23 men's pair.
Cartmill added a single scull bronze to her medal in the quad
four, while Georgie Leake was third in the open women's quad
Pippa Robinson, and Emily Carey with (coach) Gary