Archive | January, 2018

Great results at the recent South Island Championships

15 Jan

A group of thirteen junior rowers, all students at Mount Aspiring College, attended last weekends South Island Championships at Lake Ruataniwha with coaches Rob Bruce and Matt Rickard. Water conditions were perfect but a new race programme with a variety of classes close together made racing in the extreme heat a challenge for some of the younger rowers

With entries in 12 events the club came away with 1 Silver medal, and qualification to 5 A Finals and 4 B Finals. A great effort given the Under 17 squad were racing up a grade in Club or Under 19 events due to new classification rules and events brought in by Rowing New Zealand for this regatta. Results were slightly disappointing but not unexpected given the lack of water time for some of the younger rowers in small boats.

The star of the weekend was 15 year old Rata Horan who won a Silver medal in the girls under 16 single sculls. Rata had the fastest qualifying time in the heat and led all the way in the final, but was pipped on the finish line to second.

Rata also joined forces with Peta Mckay (our top Under 17 sculler) in the Club Double. A steering problem with the boat contributed to them just missing qualification to the A Final. They won the B Final with fellow team mates Maggie Stiven and Greer Porter coming second a clear distance from the third placed crew. Jordan Fox and 15 year old Estelle Norman also raced in the Club doubles but missed out on the finals.

Rata, Peta, Maggie and Greer also qualified for the A Final of the Under 19 quadruple sculls coxed by Patrick Hartley where they finished 8th overall.

Peta, Greer and Jordan all raced in the Club single. Peta was third in her heat qualifying for the A Final where she finished 5th overall. Greer qualified for the B final where she placed 4th and Jordan had a good row in the heat but having been away overseas and lack of time in the boat was a little off the pace.

Sam Pearce had a terrific row in the Boys Under 19 single sculls coming 2nd in his heat and just missing out on the medals in the final, coming 4th. A huge result given that he was not 100% and had scratched from earlier events with ill health.

The under 16 Squad of Estelle Norman, Sophie Fenn, Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth, Quinn Curtis, Owen Lea (all 15) and Maddie Frazer (14) plus coxen Patrick Hartley (15) also had some good results with a number of them taking to the water again in single sculls.

Quin Curtis and Owen Lea had credible races in the Under 16 singles with Quinn qualifying for the B Final where he placed 5th.

Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth (novice) and Maddie Fraser (15) teamed up in the girls intermediate doubles having to race to the start due to waiting for a boat. They finished the race and literally jumped out of their double and into the Under 16 Quad with Estelle Norman and Sophie Fenn in a very quick change over qualifying for the B final.

Estelle and Sophie also raced the under 16 single with Estelle qualifying for the A final and Sophie the B final.

Both Sophies also raced the Under 16 double where they were 6th in their heat. A great achievement with Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth being a novice sculler this year.

Medals for Wanaka at Canterbury Champs

15 Jan

Finally the weather held and with a strong tail wind Wanaka had good racing conditions for the whole regatta some fast times and great results with the club ultimately winning 1 gold, 2 silver and a bronze medal – all from the Under 17 Squad.

A group of twelve rowers attended the regatta – Sam Pearce, Greer porter, Peta Mckay, Maggie Stiven (all 16) plus Rata Horan (15) in the Under 17 Squad and Sammy Harry, Sophie Fenn, Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth, Quinn Curtis, Owen Lea (all 15) and Maddie Frazer (14) plus coxen Patrick Hartley (15).

Sam Pearce won both his heats in the Under 17 and Under 19 singles and went through to win a gold medal in the Under 17 Singles and was 5th in the Under 19 Singles. He also teamed up with Quinn Curtis , one of our second year rowers in the Men’s Club doubles where they were a creditable 5th in the final.

The girls Under 17 squad had an exceptional day. The quad of Rata Horan, Greer Porter, Peta Mckay and Maggie Stiven, coxed by Patrick Hartley won a silver medal in the Under 17 coxed quad.

Greer Porter, Maggie Stiven and Peta Mckay also qualified for the final of the Under 17 singles. Peta won silver a medal, with Maggie missing out on bronze by a few seconds coming 4th and Greer 7th.

Rata Horan had the second fastest singles time of all the girls and just missed the final, coming 4th in her heat of the Under 16 singles in her 3rd ever race. Sammy Harry and Sophie Fenn also had good races both coming 5th in their respective heats.

Peta and Greer also took the bronze medal in the girls Under 17 doubles and Maggie and Rata raced up a grade in the Under 19 doubles coming 5th.

The younger Under 16 squad had some good races but are lacking race experience due to bad weather at the previous regattas and just need to be a bit more race savvy. Quin Curtis made a really good effort in the boys Under 16 singles heats and was lying in 4th for most of race but his inexperience led to him being rolled in last 100m to 6th and Owen Lea was 7th.

In the girls Intermediate doubles Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth (novice) and Maddie Fraser (15) placed 4th in the final. It was a good effort and with practice at steering we are sure they will improve in the future.

It’s a great start to the season and all crews are in full training for the up and coming South Island Championships on 26th January and hoping for wind free conditions.

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