Annabelle Eaton started at Melbourne Girls Grammar in the 2009/2010 season as the 2nd VII Coach and Director of Coaching. She contributed to the School as the 1st VIII Coach for three seasons and has been an instrumental figure in rowing for both Melbourne Girls Grammar and as a representative for Australia.
On Thursday 16 January, rowers, parents, staff and alumnae gathered at the Richmond Rowing club to christen the new boats ‘The Merton’ and ‘Annabelle Eaton’.
“The name Annabelle Eaton is synonymous to the Merton Hall Rowing Club,” said Angus Seller Head of Rowing. “Annabelle is strong in her beliefs, unwavering in support of her rowers and her passion for forging confident, compassionate and well-rounded young women. It is only fitting that she be recognised for her contribution to this program and that her name inspires those within our program to be passionate, to support one another and to have fun.”
Annabelle was integral in setting the standard that brought home two HOSG and three National Championships, and on her return to MGGS, resetting the culture that has seen our program build to its current competitive position.
Captains of Boats, Beatrix Chirnside and Millie Bennetts warmly welcomed everyone in attendance and introduced Melbourne Girls Grammar Principal, Dr Toni E. Meath, who christened the boats, wishing the boat and club every success.
“My time at Melbourne Girls Grammar has a very special place in my heart. Our hard work set the scene for the program and culminated in three National titles,” said Annabelle. “From this, we saw girls represent Australia and travel to the US to take up rowing scholarships. We all remain friends and I couldn’t wish for anything more. Christening a boat in my name is a representation of all these things. Rowing is a special sport.”