2019 Wanaka Rowing Club Awards

13 Jun

The Wanaka Rowing Club annual awards were held last Friday at the Lake Wanaka Centre. Celebrating an incredible season the recipients were as follows:

Rower of the Y​ear:Pipi Horan                                                                                                              Tony Wellman Electrical Trophy

Crew of the Year : Novice Quad                                                                                                          Hayley Ambrose, Pipi Horan, Ruby Boyd, Emily Findlay, Samara Goodall and Cox Patrick Hartley

Most I​mproved J​unior M​ale: Owen Lea
The David Varney Cup

Most I​mproved Junior ​F​emale: Aneka Rossiter
Bruce Family Cup

Coxswain of the Y​ear : Patrick Hartley
Ashton-Wilson Shield

Member of the Y​ear: Grainne Power
Galloway Trophy

​Most Outstanding ​Community S​upporter: Ian Farrant
Doug Stewart Cup​

Masters Rower of the Y​ear: Jaime Hutter

President’s Trophy: The Under 15 Octuple Squad                                                                            Hayley Ambrose, Pipi Horan, Ruby Boyd, Emily Findlay, Samara Goodall, Amber Hewitt, Aneka Rossiter, Sophia Perkins, Lyla Chamberlain, Bella Sarginson, Kaia Cassaidy, Neve Faed and Cox Patrick Hartley

Dedication to Coaching: Matt Rickard and David Ayres

Thanks also to everyone involved – our sponsors, parents, supporters, coaches and committee. We couldn’t do it without you. WELL DONE ALL.


Girls Novice Quad Remains Unbeaten this Season

21 Jan

Wanaka Rowing Club crews are tracking well for the forthcoming South Island Championships.

At this weekend’s Canterbury Rowing Championships at Ruataniwha the club took 22 juniors to the regatta which was eventually abandoned on the second day due to high winds.

With 1079 competitors from 36 clubs from all over the South Island , there was strong competition in the build up to the South Island Championships and Maadi Cup Regattas, in some extremely difficult and very variable conditions.

The Squad of Rowers all students at Mount Aspiring College – Sam Pearce, Maggie Stiven , Quin Curtis , Owen Lea, Rata Horan, Sophie Fenn, Sammy Harry, Emma Smith, Sophie Hodgkiss- Blyth, Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd, Pipi Horan, Aneka Rossiter, Amber Hewitt, Lyla Chamberlain, Neve Faed, Lucia Brown, Olly Thomas, Timo Fitzgerald, Tao Hawkey-Hight and Coxen Patrick Hartley are coached by Matt Rickard, David Ayres, Rob Bruce, AJ Humphreys and Amanda Inkster.

The squad took part in 27 races, qualifying on the for 13 A Finals and 2 B Finals. With high entries, progression through to the finals was tough with a few crews just missing out on time.

Once again the key performances were from the Novice Girls , Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd and Pipi Horan coxed by Patrick Hartley , who were the fastest qualifying Novice Quad in a time of 3.54 over a shortened 1000m course, with their nearest rivals some 8 seconds behind, and still unbeaten after four races this season. In the U15 Octuple, the girls were joined by Aneka Rossiter, Amber Hewitt, Lyla Chamberlain and Neve Faed where they qualified 3rd again on time.

In the Novice doubles Ruby Boyd and Aneka Rossiter were 1st in their heat and 2nd fastest overall, with Hayley and Emily unable to make the start line due to boat failure.
In the intermediate doubles Owen Lea and Olly Thomas had a stunning race winning their heat convincingly and placing 3rd overall on time and in the girls race Sophie Hodgkiss Blyth and Amber Hewitt, together for the first time, had a fabulous race qualifying for the A Final.

The senior squad had more success with both Quinn Curtis, Owen Lea and Rata Horan making the A Final of the U17 singles. In the boys race Quinn was 2nd and Owen 6th overall on time and Rata was 5th. The boys also raced in the U17 doubles coming 7th overall on Time.

In the club events Quinn teamed up with Sam Pearce in the men’s double and Rata teamed up with Maggie Stiven in the women’s double. Both crews placing 5th overall.
Maggie also stepped up a category racing in the Senior single where she was 7th.

It was a challenging weekend, with all of the crews working hard for selection to the forthcoming South Island Champs and Schools regattas. Full results are here: http://rowit.nz/cacc2019/results?cn=wnkc

Gold and Two Bronze Medals for Wanaka Novice Girls at Otago Rowing Championships

9 Dec

Gold and two bronze medals for the novice girls squad at the Otago Rowing Championships held at Lake Ruataniwha at the weekend. 1033 rowers attended the event from 35 clubs around the Otago area. Wanaka fielded a squad of 23 rowers. The crews raced in 26 events , placing in 10 A finals and 7 B finals.

The squad included the senior rowers – Sam Pearce, Owen Lea, Quinn Curtis, Maggie Stiven, Sammy Harry, Sophie Fenn, Emma Smith, Grace Shannon and Patrick Hartley and the novice rowers – Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd, Samara Goodall, Pipi Horan, Aneka Rossiter, Amber Hewitt, Lyla Chamberlain, Lucia Brown, Bella Sarginson , Neve Faed, Timo Fitzpatrick, Tao Hawkey Hight and Olly Thomas.

The highlight of the weekend was the performance of the girls novice squad who came away with a gold in the girls novice quads, Bronze in the U15 octuple and bronze in the U15 double, continuing their success from previous regattas.

The quad of Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd, Samara Goodall, coxed by Patrick Hartley in the heat and Pipi Horan in the final had a battle with Villa Maria but took the lead by 2 seconds, with the two lead crews finishing some 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

The other girls quad of Amber Hewitt, Aneka Rossiter, Lucia Brown and Neve Faed had a solid row in the B Final where they finished 4th.

In the U15 octuples final, the quad was joined by Aneka Rossiter, Amber Hewitt, Bella Sarginson and Lyla Chamberlain and took 3rd place just 10 seconds behind Villa Maria and Dunstan. A fabulous result given the girls were in a borrowed boat with no practice.

In the U15 doubles final , Hayley and Emily , both novices, were third again , narrowly missing 2nd place behind Villa and Dunstan, who are both experienced crews in their second year of racing. Ruby Boyd and Samara Goodall were pipped to 8th place.

In the senior squad, Quinn Curtis had a terrific row in the Boys U17 singles coming 1st in his heat and 5th in the final with a PB of 8.02. Owen Lea also raced in the U17 singles with another PB finishing 4th in the B Final.

Sam Pearce had his work cut out for him in the U18 and Club Singles placing 5th in both events and Maggie Stiven was 8th in Club single.

The Under 17 girls had some steady races but with new squad members joining the group in in the last couple of weeks, need a little more time to get fully up to speed. Both under 17 doubles made the B final with Sophie Fenn and Sammy Harry placing 2nd place and Grace Shannon and Emma Smith 5th.

The novice boys, were unable to field a novice quad due to injuries but Tao Hawkey Hight and Timo Fitzpatrick joined forces with the senior boys Sam Pearce and Owen Lea who took to the water for some racing experience in the Club quad. They knew they would be outclassed but it was a great training experience.

Overall, a very successful weekend boding well for the future season and much excitement in the camp from both rowers, parents and coaches.

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