2021 South Island Rowing Championships

31 Jan

Over the weekend Wanaka Rowing Club with their squad of 19 rowers and 3 coaches attended the South Island Rowing Championship Regatta held in Twizel. It was perfect racing conditions over the two days – blue bird skies and flat calm water. This allowed all the rowers to put their training into practice and it was great to see everyone improving their performance since the last regatta. Overall, the club gained some exceptional results and they brought home 6 gold medals and 3 silver medals. From the 22 events that athletes competed in crews made 14 A finals and 2 B finals. Some stand out performances to mention include the Intermediate girls who gained A finals in all their events. Firstly, the under 19 girls quad made up of Pipi Horan, Emily Findlay, Lyla Chamberlain, Neve Faed and coxswain Thomas Mitchell came second up against some tough competition who were a lot older than them. Soon after in the under 16 girls double, Pipi Horan and Ruby Boyd placed second. The Intermediate coxed quad with Neve Faed, Lyla Chamberlain, Bella Sarginson and Samara Goodall with coxswain Thomas Mitchell raced well with a comfortable first place win! A gutsy performance with an impressive follow up result occurred in the girls under 17 quad with Neve Faed, Emily Findlay, Bella Sarginson, Samara Goodall and coxswain Thomas Mitchell to take home another gold medal! Competition was hot in the girls intermediate double sculls with Lyla Chamberlain and Samara Goodall coming 5th in the A final against crew members Bella Sarginson and Ruby Boyd who placed 6th right on their tail with only milliseconds difference in race times. Aaron Maxwell a recent transfer into the club performed exceptionally well winning the mens intermediate single sculls with a comfortable 3 boat led. Aaron also joined Tao Hawkey-Hight in the mens intermediate double A final where they placed 7th. The novice girls crew of Ella Kaler, Amelia Craig, Kelly Quirke, Jess Gould and coxswain Thomas Mitchell also came out with a bang taking 3rd in their heats and coming a notable 9th in an A final which is excellent result considering they are all very new to competing. The clubs coaches have also recently returned to the water and proved to their rowers ‘they’ve still got it’ gaining a medal placing in all events. Rachel O’Connell had a confident win in her woman’s masters single, Rachel then joined Matt Rickard to win the mixed masters double with a cruise over the finish line first. They both then joined with Dave Ayers to create a composite masters quad with Matt Adams (Columba College Coach) to take home a silver medal! The Novice boys of Jem Curtis, Torben Craig, Anton Jones, Matai Wells, Max Good showed some strong racing over the weekend. Anton Jones also joined with a Timaru crew to fill a seat in their boys under 15 octuple sculls gaining an excellent 2nd place in the A final. As a small club we have performed remarkably well and it is gratitude due to many hours of hard work from both the athletes and coaches. Well done to all! We couldn’t perform like this without our wonderful sponsors either. Thank you to our sponsors and if you are interested in backing Wanaka Rowing Club please don’t hesitate to make contact with us.From left back row – Aaron Maxwell, Jess Gould, Kelly Quirke, Amelia Craig, Ella Kaler, Max Good, Jem Curtis, Torben Craig, Tao Hawkey-Hight From left front row – Rachel O’Connell (coach), Dave Ayres (coach), Pipi Horan, Emily Findlay, Neve Faed, Lyla Chamberlain, Thomas Mitchell (cox), Samara Goodall, Bella Sarginson, Ruby Boyd, Matai Wells, Anton Jones, Matt Rickard (coach). Report and Photo by Angela Rickard – Club Liaison

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