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Congratulations Team. Awesome results!

25 Mar

Congratulations to the Wanaka Rowing Club whose rowers were representing Mount Aspiring College at last week’s National Schools Rowing Championships.

28828150_10156444504594789_3453851673407619277_oThe squad of Sam Pearce (16), Owen Lea (15), Quinn Curtis (15), Maggie Stiven (16), Peta McKay (16), Greer Porter (16), Macy Toovey (17), Rata Horan (15), Sammy Harry (15), Sophie Fenn (15), Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth (15) and Coxwain Patrick Hartley (15) who are coached by Rob Bruce and Matt Rickard had some fantastic results.

The squad of 12 competed in 15 races with crews reaching 11 finals. One of the best overall results for the club but sadly no medals. The results were as follows:

Two A Finals: GU16 single – Rata, GU17 quad – Rata, Maggie, Peta, Greer coxed by Patrick

Three B Finals: GU17 single – Peta, BU17 single – Sam, BU17 doubles- Sam & Quinn

Four C Finals: BU16 single- Quinn, GU16 singles – Maggie, BU18 single – Sam, GU17 double – Peta & Maggie.

Two E Finals: GU16 double – Sammy & Sophie, BU16 double -Quinn & Owen.

Repechage: G U18 double – Greer Porter and Macy Toovey, G U18 single – Macy Toovey

Heats: Girls U16 quad and Owen in B U16 single

A huge accolade for coaches Rob Bruce and Matt Rickard and testament to the hard work and dedication of the rowers. It’s great to see the Wanaka club punching above its weight and growing in stature each year.

The club will now regroup for next season and will be looking to recruit new school rowers from August. They already have a young squad of novice girls and are now looking to recruit some more novice boys to add to the squad.


Novices show potential at recent Regatta at Lake Dunstan

5 Dec

Following the impressive results of the Under 16 squad, the novice squad at their first regatta showed some great promise.

The girls had a very eventful novice doubles event with high gusty winds in the middle of the day creating trying conditions which put the regatta on hold for an hour. With a variety of crews colliding, restarts and crews enjoying some very interesting steering and some capsizing it really was a case of survival of the fittest. Thankfully all crews finished safely and they can honestly say that they are now ready to face anything.

In the quad sculls they were 3rd and 7th in the B Final.

In the novice boys events, Quinn Curtis and Gary Poilvert were 6th in the A final  with Owen Lea and Ethan Carleton 7th in B final. Quinn also teamed up with Under 16 sculler, Sam Pearce to come 6th in the A final.

Coxen Patrick Hartley had a busy day with back to back races in the girls, boys and masters crews pushing the Under 16 girls to their 3rd place.

For full results see the link at Rowit Results

Some of the novice squad: Maddi Frazer, Sara Wright, coach AJ Humphreys, Sophie Fenn, Sammy Harry,Rata Horan, Bella Culshaw, Quinn Curtis and coach Amanda Inkste


The Under 16 Squad Dominate at First Regatta of the Year.

5 Dec

A squad of 19 juniors attended the rowing regatta held at Lake Dunstan at the weekend. It was the first regatta of the year for the squad with some impressive results from everyone involved.

The under 16 squad –  Sam Pearce, Greer Porter, Hannah Humphreys, Peta McKay, Jordan Fox, Emma Smith and Estelle Norman.

The novice squad – Bella Culshaw, Sara Wright, Maddi Frazer, Emily Knoesen, Sammy Harry, Sophie Fenn, Meg Weedon, Gary Poilvert, Quinn Curtis, Ethan Carleton, Owen Lea and coxen Patrick Hartley.

The Under 16’s dominated the singles events with outstanding performances from Sam Pearce winning the boys U16 singles easily and then taking 3rd in the Men’s club event

In the girls singles, Wanaka were 1st and 2nd with 1st time single sculler Peta Mckay  just beating her fellow sculler Greer Porter, followed by 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the B Final for Hannah Humphreys, Emma Smith and Jordan Fox – with both Emma and Jordan also racing in singles for the 1st time. We can’t forget Estelle Norman who also raced to 5th in the B final, which was her 3rd ever outing in a single scull!

All six girls made the A final in the double sculls finishing with 2nd, 6th and 7th place and 3rd in the quad sculls.

It just proves that if you put the work in you will reap the rewards.

Photo: Estelle, Hannah,Sam,Greer,Peta,Jordan,Emma and Rob


Under 16 Squad and Coach Rob Bruce




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