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Wanaka Rowers Win Four Golds

24 Mar

Wanaka Rowing Club,Mount Aspiring College rowers outclassed many of their secondary school rivals at the Meridian South Island Secondary Schools championships at Lake Ruataniwha, near Twizel, last weekend.

The squad of 17 teenage rowers won four gold medals and one silver medal in the A Finals and achieved three podium finishes in the B Finals.

The squad of girls, Pipi Horan, Ruby Boyd, Aneka Rossiter and novice rower Eva Humphreys (U15), Emily Findlay, Neve Faed, Lyla Chamberlain, Samara Goodall, Hayley Ambrose, Ella Salmen Parker and Bella Sarginson (U16), Rata Horan and Harriet Norris (U18) and coxens Patrick Hartley and Jem Curtis, coached by David Ayres and Matt Rickard, took top honours over the weekend in an impressive demonstration of rowing in the U15, U16 and U17 events.

The rowers, all members of the Wanaka Rowing Club (WRC), joined almost 1,000 other rowers from 49 schools scattered all over the South Island to compete in the three day annual schools’ regatta from Friday March 13-15. A similar regatta was also held in the North Island last weekend.

WRC coach David Ayers said the squad had been training hard and deserved their success. “I thought we had a shot at winning maybe two events but winning five medals was just fantastic,” he said.

Having efficiently won their heats, the new combination of Emily Findlay, Neve Faed, Lyla Chamberlain and Samara Goodall, coxed by Patrick Hartley, won the U16 quad sculls gold by a comfortable 10 second margin and, with Pipi Horan replacing Samara, the crew then went on to win the U17 coxed quad sculls by five seconds.

Gold medal winners Ruby Boyd and Pipi Horan flanked by their coaches (left) Matt Rickard and (right) David Ayres.

Pipi Horan celebrated a hugely successful regatta, adding to her gold medal tally by winning the U15 and Under 16 girls double sculls with Ruby Boyd in the former and Emily Findlay in the latter. Both pairs had blitzed the competition in the heats by 30 seconds but the finals were a different story with more fiercely contested races and Pipi and Ruby snatched victory in the U15 event by only a quarter of a second from arch rivals Wakatipu High School.

Wakatipu High School did gain the upper hand in the girls’ U15 coxed quad sculls however, as Pipi and Ruby, together with Eva Humphreys and Aneka Rossiter (coxed once again by Patrick) had to settle for the silver medal, five seconds behind Wakatipu.

The B crew of Hayley Ambrose, Bella Sarginson, Ella Salmen Parker and Aneka Rossiter, coxed by Jem Curtis, was second in the B Final of the U16 girls coxed quads.

Meanwhile, in the U18 competition, Rata Horan finished a respectable sixth in the A final of the single sculls; Harriet Norris rowed well into second place in the B Final singles; and the coxed quad of Neve Faed, Harriet Norris, Lyla Chamberlain and Rata Horan, coxed by Patrick Hartley, rowed into fifth in the A Final.

The successful regatta wasn’t just celebrated by the girls alone. Quinn Curtis and Owen Lea, coached by Rob Bruce, both made the B Finals of the U18 singles, with Owen coming first and Quinn in sixth place, and in U18 doubles Quinn and Owen rowed fifth in the B Final.

And while Tao Hawkey Hight, who made the B final in the U16 singles, didn’t reach a podium place, he pulled off an impressive feat nonetheless when he flipped his boat, managed to right it, clamber back in, and still cross the finish line.

Coaches David Ayres and Matt Rickard were concerned that the girls were lacking water time as it’s been so windy in Wanaka this season. The short, sharp erg sessions at Wanaka’s new watersports facility have paid off instead with the crews being supremely fit and rowing technically very well.

In added good news Pipi Horan and Emily Findlay have been invited to attend the NZ U18 trials this month in the North Island. New Zealand selectors attended last weekend’s regatta and selected the pair after witnessing Pipi and Emily’s commanding performance in the U16 doubles, where they won by at least four lengths of clear water.

The squad has been building towards the prestigious Maadi Cup Regatta due to start on March 28 but learned yesterday (March 16) it’s likely to be cancelled. “It’s a shame with the squad going so well but that is the situation we’re in,” David said.

PHOTOS: Rowing Celebration

Write up from: Diana Cocks, Wanaka App

Girls Novice Quad Unbeaten after four events…

14 Sep

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

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.

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