Great start to the season for Rata

9 Oct


Fourth place for Rata Horan (15) in the girls under 17 singles event at this weekends R2K Regatta at at Lake Ruataniwha.

Rata Horan (15) raced in the Under 17 single scull event at the R2K regatta at Lake Ruataniwha on Saturday.

It was the first race of the season with overall entries for the whole event up on previous years and 23 girls entered in the Under 17 girls single.

With a very slight breeze and flat water, the race conditions were perfect, making for good competition.

Rata was second in her heat, with the fourth fastest time overall taking her to the final.

In the final, Shakira Mirfin from Southland, winner of the under 16 singles at this years Maadi Cup, led the field easily with clear water and won in a time of in 8.32.  The next three scullers had a really close race and it could have been any one of them over the line in second. Hannah Cunningham of Oamaru College just edged away to second place, with Sharni Ross and Rata over the line in what was almost a photo finish in a time of 8.59.58 and 8.59.90, with Rata having to settle for 4th place and the rest of the field a small gap away.

Rata was 6th in the A Final of the Under 16 Singles at the Maadi Cup Regatta in March and won a Silver Medal at the South Island Secondary Schools Regatta in the Under 16 Singles in February. After some hard winter training and being part of the Central Otago Winter Development Squad, she is now working hard with coach Rob Bruce to better those results this season.

Well done Rata and good luck for the season ahead.

Wanaka Rowing Club Annual Awards and Boat Naming Ceremony

21 May
Wanaka Rowing Club’s members and supporters gathered at The Upper Clutha Rugby Club Rooms last Friday evening for their Annual Awards and to name their lightweight quad.
The new quad was named  “Landmark Homes” after it’s main sponsor “Landmark Homes Central Otago”​owned by Andy Lawrence. Andy, a former rower, was unable to make the ceremony but fittingly his parents Graham and Christine​ Lawrence attended to christen the new boat. His father Graham won a silver medal in the coxless pair in the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth.

The club would also like to thank the other sponsors who made the purchase of the new boat possible – Dean Bartley of New World Wanaka – Foodstuffs, The Lion Foundation, Sky City Community Trust and the New Zealand Community Trust. (Pictured are Graham and Christine with the boat)

In the annual awards the club recognised it’s top rowers and thanked supporters, parents and coaches for their support in what has been one of the most successful seasons for overall results for the club. 
Rata Horan, 15, took home the The Tony Wellman Electrical Trophy for “Rower of the Year”after a tremendous season in her second year of rowing. She won a Silver Medal at the South Island Secondary Schools Regatta and was 6th in the A final at the National Schools Regatta in the Under 16 singles. 
Other awards were as follows: (Photos below)
Maggie Stiven won the Bruce Family Cup for Most Improved Female Rower
Quinn Curtis won the David Varney Cup for Most Improved Male Rower
Patrick Hartley was awarded the Ashton Wilson Sheild as Coxwain of the Year
Shane Gibson won Master of the Year
Matt Rickard received the Dedication to Coaching Award
AJ Humphreys received the Member of the Year Award
Jill Bruce received the award for Most Outstanding Community Supporter
Sam Pearce in his final year of rowing received the Presidents Trophy for his outstanding achievements and dedication to rowing over the last few years.



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.


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