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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