The 2018 Aon Maadi Cup is the biggest secondary school sports event in New Zealand. Some of the numbers and logistics behind the event are huge. College Sport Media caught up with Sonya Walker from Rowing New Zealand and Hamilton Boys’ High School to gain some insight into some of the challenges in preparing for and organising the event. The Aon Maadi Cup is held all next week on Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel.
1 - The Aon Maadi Cup is the largest secondary schools sports event in New Zealand and one of the largest regattas in the Southern Hemisphere.
5 - The number of official referees. The umpiring roster for the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup is: Chief Umpire: Peter Midgley, Chief Starter: Justin Wall, Chief Judge: Darryl Purton, Race Committee: Andrew Carr-Smith.
6 – The number of days the regatta runs for. It starts on Monday March 19 March and concludes on Saturday March 24. Sunday 25 March is a reserve day.
120 – The number of secondary schools from across New Zealand lining up at the regatta
2,283 – The total number of athletes at Aon Maadi Cup (entered rowers prior to the regatta).
52 – The number of events that will be on offer throughout the regatta
1436 – The total number of crews entered throughout the regatta
64 – The number of crews competing in the Girls U17 Single Scull – making that the event with the largest entries
4 – The number of age group categories - U15, U16, U17 and U18 – in a range of boat classes including singles, pairs, doubles, fours, quads, eights and octuples.
8 – The Boys’ and Girls’ U18 Eights will be competing for the prestigious Maadi Cup and Levin Jubilee Cup silverware. The number of Maadi Cup titles that Hamilton Boys’ High School have won since 2005.
71 – The number of boys’ Maadi Cup regattas there has been. The first was in 1947 and won by Auckland’s Mount Albert Grammar School.
13 - The number of times a South Island school has won the Maadi Cup trophy. North Island schools have won 58, with Wanganui Collegiate winning 17 of these, but not since 2004.
Sonya Walker Rowing New Zealand
Sonya Walker is one of three staff at Rowing New Zealand assigned the task of organising the Maadi Cup. Rowing New Zealand also works closely with South Island rowing to ensure the event runs smoothly. Walker attended the Maadi Cup while a student at Wakatipu High School. She later became a coach before taking on a full time role in administration. Walker says her highlights working at the Maadi Cup have been the “greater spread of schools on the podium” which reflects, “the increasing strength of rowing in New Zealand.”
Boat Storage: The boats are stored at a huge outdoor boat park near Lake Ruataniwha. The boats are tricky to transport and store because they are 22-metres long. Most teams bring them to the venue with a trailer and those coming from the North Island ship them over on the ferry.
Accommodation and Transport: The schools look after their own accommodation, staying in hotels, hostels or home stays. Because Twizel is only a small place schools stay as far away as Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo and in some cases drive an hour one way to reach the venue daily.
Bad Weather: There is only a week to complete the entire regatta. Sunday is a spare day. If things get really bad races are shortened. It's the job of the licensed race officials to determine the suitability of the weather. Only once in Walker’s time at Rowing New Zealand has Sunday been required to complete racing.
Health and Safety: There are a number of health and safety considerations. New Zealand rowing works with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Association and local council to ensure regulatory standards are met. Maritime New Zealand assess the safety of the water and ambulance staff are on site in the event of serious injury.
Spectator Needs: A considerable number of spectators attend the Maadi Cup. Though no official number is recorded finals day on Friday and Saturday attracts an estimated 10,000 people. It's the obligation of the host rowing club to supply food stalls and toilet facilities.
Volunteers: There are between 75 and 100 volunteers who help run the event. This includes everybody from food suppliers for officials, general inquiry assistants, individuals handing out numbers to racers and cleaners.
Hamilton Boys’ High School
Hamilton Boys’ High School have won the Maadi Cup eight times since 2005 making the Waikato college the most successful in the regatta over the last decade.
The logistics of transporting the Hamilton team to Twizel is massive as are their efforts to win medals.
Hamilton is taking 65 boys out of a programme of 95. It will cost about $1,800 per person, which includes transport (flights, buses and three minivans), meals, accommodation and regatta entry fees.
Students are expected to cover their own costs. However a benefactor (a rowing old boy's mother) usually helps about four boys per year with part of the cost). There is also a Headmaster’s hardship fund that families can apply for. Boys are encouraged to find individual sponsorship to help with their rowing costs. Extensive fundraising also helps keep costs down.
Hamilton have three vehicles with trailers which left to Wellington on Tuesday. The boats are then loaded on to the ferry and hauled across the South Island. It costs anywhere between $200 and $400 to transport a vehicle on the Interislander ferry. Hamilton Boys’ will also assist some of the moving of Hamilton Girls’ boats.
Hamilton is staying at the High Country Lodge in the centre of Twizel, in dormitory accommodation.
Teachers at school supply the boys with homework. The boys have had to approach staff to ensure they will have work to do. The team manager helps monitor the boys’ school work, though Hamilton also places onus on the senior boys to organise themselves.
Hamilton’s training for the event has been intense. From September until the end of March, junior crews train about six hours per week, which includes on water and land training, plus fitness work in their own time. Seniors commit eight hours to training. Additionally three week- long camps in January, July and October and six weekends are spent at Mangakino.
Onslow College is a large co-ed school in Johnsonville, Wellington. Nestled in the shadows of Mt Kaukau, the school has produced several outstanding mostly land-based athletes through the years, such as former winter Olympian turned New Zealand multisport legend Richard Ussher.
But the school also has a proud rowing tradition dating back to the 1950s, and recent rowers that have represented New Zealand include Hayden Robertson (Onslow College Rowing 2009-2014), Jamie Hunter (2007-2010), Joe Wright (2007-2009) and current school rowing coach Tufi Sele (2005-2007).
Onslow is a regular entrant at the Maadi Cup regatta, holding their own against, and often beating, bigger rowing schools from the Waikato, Auckland and Canterbury.
This weekend the school is sending an eight-strong team to the 2018 Maadi Cup regatta in Twizel, including recent North Island Secondary Schools (NISS) U18 Girls Double Sculls winners Olivia Clark and Constance Stirling.
Olivia and Constance powered to victory in the U18 Double Sculls A final at the recent NISS regatta on Lake Karapiro.
“That was a come-from-behind win for us,” said Olivia, “we were in third or fourth a lot of the way but towards the last 500m that we moved ahead of the others and held on for gold.”
Olivia and Constance won ahead of Westlake Girls’ High School in second, Wanganui Collegiate in third and St Peter’s School in fourth.
Their gold followed on from by their win in the same event at the previous Karapiro regatta, the Cambridge Town Cup in January.
As well as the U18 Double Sculls at Maadi, Olivia and Constance will be competing in the U18 Coxless Pair together and individually in the U18 Single Sculls.
The pair has had previous Maadi success together, winning bronze in the U16 Double Sculls in 2016 and making the U17 A Double Sculls final last year and finishing fifth. The bronze was Onslow College girls’ first Maadi medal in over 40 years.
Last year they were in a quad boat. “We were also part of a crew boat last year at Maadi and finished fourth in the U17 A final,” said Constance [missing out on third by less than two seconds]. “But one of the girls has got injured so we are now focussing on what we can do this year, which is the doubles.”
The original senior girls crew of Olivia, Constance, Maggie Booker, Alice Loretto and coxswain Ella Greenslade achieved A Finals, in 11 out of 12 major regattas since they started rowing in 2014.
Olivia also finished seventh behind Ashburton College’s Veronica Wall in last year’s U17 Single Sculls A final.
Onslow’s rowers are affiliated to the Wellington Rowing Club. Training on the water can sometimes be difficult, as Constance explained. “Wellington is known for wind so we don’t get out on the water a lot. We do a lot more land training, at our school gym and the rowing club, on the rowing machines and doing weights.”
“We don’t get to train on the water as much as other schools, but we spend a lot of time concentrating on our fitness and that is beneficial to us when we come up against them in tight races.”
Olivia and Constance are hoping to earn NZ U19 Junior representative trials after the Maadi Cup regatta. If successful, they would go on to represent New Zealand at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic later in the year. Olivia was selected into the NZ U18 team last year for the North versus South competition.
At the recent Club Nationals competing for the Wellington Rowing Club, Olivia and Constance competed in the senior grade in 12 races and were generally the youngest rowers in their events, competing against older and more experienced rowers. They made A finals for all their crew events and a B final for their singles.
Both are hoping to keep rowing when they finish school. “I want to get into a Regional Performance Centre when I leave school and train in that programme. There are four across New Zealand, Auckland, Waikato, Blenheim and Christchurch,” explained Olivia.
Beyond rowing, Olivia is looking at doing computer science study next year while Constance is looking into studying finance.
Overall, the Onslow College rowers had a successful time at the recent NISS regatta finishing as the top equal Wellington school on the regatta points table alongside Queen Margaret College. Both placed slightly ahead of Wellington Girls' College and Wellington College.
The Onslow College rowing group finished the regatta with four A Finals, six B Finals and two C Finals with over half of the 40-strong rowing group represented in the Finals.
Onslow College's 2018 NISS rowing A finals results:
1st - GU18 Double
Olivia Clark & Constance Stirling
4th - GU18 Pair
Olivia Clark & Constance Stirling
5th - GU18 Single
8th - BU15 Octuple
Sam Martin, Anthony Deng, Josh Clark, Jack Bacchus, Daniel Dolan, David Mowat, Max Westphall, Tarek Patchett and cox Ella Greenslade
Onslow College’s Maadi Cup regatta crews:
Senior Girls: Olivia Clark, Constance Stirling
Senior Boys: Liam Watters, Harry McCarthy, Sumer Harker, Oli Fahey, Georgia Henderson
U16 Girls: Issac Jelbert
The 2018 New Zealand Secondary School Championships (Maadi Cup) is at Lake Ruataniwha from 19th - 24th March (reserve day Sunday 25 March).
Over 2000 competitors from 120 schools are expected and around 10,000 people watch the finals from the bank.
The North and South Island Secondary Schools rowing championships were held over the weekend. They serve as the main warm up before the Maadi Cup in Twizel from March 19-24. Defending Maadi Cup champions St Andrew’s College didn’t feature in the top six of the boys Under-18 coxed eight at the South Island Championships, but perennial contenders Hamilton Boys’ High School, Christchurch Boys’ High School and St Peter’s Cambridge appear to be in good shape.
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School claimed the prize as top South Island girls school for the second consecutive year at Lake Ruataniwha, also winning the Kate Strachan Memorial Cup for the Girl's Under-18 Coxed Eight. Rangi Ruru rowers won a total of six gold, two silver and a bronze medal as well as coming second in the overall points competition, behind Christchurch Boys’ High School who obliterated the boys field scoring 104 points compared with Dunstan High School who bagged 54 points. Maddi Cup champions St Andrew’s College didn’t feature in the top six of the boys Under-18 coxed eight.
Under-17 Singles Sculls: Jack McLaughlan, John McGlashan High School
Under-15 Double Sculls: Wakatipu High School
Under-18 Coxless Pairs Oars: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-16 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-18 Novice Double Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-17 Coxed Eight: Christ’s College
Under-18 Lightweight Coxed Four:
Under-18 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-16 Coxed Four: St Bede’s College
Under-18 Novice Coxed Eight: Christ’s College
Under-17 Double Sculls: John McGlashan High School
Under-15 Coxed Eight: Shirley Boys’ High School
Under-18 Coxed Four: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-16 Double Sculls: John McGlashan High School
Under-18 Singles Sculls: Jack Gibbs, Roncalli College
Under-15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-17 Coxed Four: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-18 Novice Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Cashmere High School
Under-16 Coxed Eight: Christ’s College
Under-18 Double Sculls: Roncalli College
Under-15 Coxed Four: Otago Boys’ High School
Under-17 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-18 Novice Coxed Four: St Bede’s College
Under-16 Single Sculls: Scott Shackleton, Shirley Boys’ High School
Under-15 Coxed Octuple Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-18 Coxed Eight: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Under-17 Coxed Four: Craighead Diocesan High School
Under-15 Quadruple Sculls: Dunstan High School
Under-18 Double Sculls: Nelson College For Girls
Under-16 Singles Sculls: Shakira Mirfin, Southland Girls’ High School
Under-18 Novice Coxed Eight: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Under-17 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Nelson College For Girls
Under-15 Coxed Four: Columba College
Under-18 Coxless Pair Oars: Craighead Diocesan High School
Under-16 Coxed Eight: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Under-17 Singles Sculls: Mollie Gibson, Ashburton College
Under-18 Novice Double Sculls: Timaru Girls’ High School
Under-18 Coxed Four: St Margaret's College
Under-16 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Dunstan High School
Under-18 Singles Sculls: Phoebe Trolove, Craighead Diocesan High School
Under-15 Double Sculls: Dunstan High School
Under-17 Coxed Eight: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Under-18 Lightweight Double Sculls:
Under-16 Coxed Four: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Under-18 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Villa Maria College
Under-17 Double Sculls: Craighead Diocesan High School
Under-18 Novice Coxed Four: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Under-15 Coxed Eight: Christchurch Girls’ High School
Under-16 Double Sculls: Southland Girls’ High School
Under-15 Coxed Octuple Sculls: Dunstan High School
Under-18 Coxed Eight: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Hamilton Boys' High School won 11 of the 25 titles available; including the Under-18 coxed eight and four. St. Peter's Cambridge were strong in the female section winning seven titles, including the main Under-18 coxed eight event. The regatta was held at Lake Karapiro in the Waikato.
Under-17 Singles Sculls: Seth Hope, Cambridge High School
Under-15 Double Sculls: New Plymouth Boys' High School
Under-18 Coxless Pairs Oars: Westlake Boys' High School
Under-16 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Under-18 Novice Double Sculls: St. Peter's, Cambridge
Under-17 Coxed Eight: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Under-18 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: King’s College
Under-16 Coxed Four: Sacred Heart College
Under-18 Novice Coxed Eight: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Under-17 Double Sculls: St. Peter’s, Cambridge
Under-15 Coxed Eight: Hamilton Boys' High School
Under-18 Coxed Four: Hamilton Boys' High School
Under-16 Double Sculls: Wanganui Collegiate
Under-18 Singles Sculls: Sam Hogan, Cambridge High School
Under-15 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Hamilton Boys' High School
Under-17 Coxed Four: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Under-18 Novice Coxed Quadruple Sculls: St Peter’s Cambridge
Under-16 Coxed Eight: Auckland Grammar School
Under-18 Double Sculls: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Under-15 Coxed Four: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Under-17 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: King’s College
Under-18 Novice Coxed Four: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Under-16 Single Sculls: Finn Hamill, Cambridge High School
Under-16 Coxed Octuple Sculls: Hamilton Boys' High School
Under-18 Coxed Eight: Hamilton Boys' High School
Under-17 Coxed Four: Waikato Diocesan School
Under-15 Quadruple Sculls: Macleans College
Under-18 Double Sculls: Onslow College
Under-16 Singles Sculls: Holly Chaffe, Glendowie College
Under-18 Novice Coxed Eight: St Peter’s Cambridge
Under-17 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: St. Peter's Cambridge
Under-15 Coxed Four: Waikato Diocesan School
Under-18 Coxless Pair Oars: St Peter’s Cambridge
Under-16 Coxed Eight: Epsom Girls’ Grammar
Under-17 Singles Sculls: Rebecca Leigh, St Peter’s Cambridge
Under-18 Novice Double Sculls: St Peter’s Cambridge
Under-18 Coxed Four: St Peter’s Cambridge
Under-16 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Tauranga Girls’ College
Under-18 Singles Sculls: Andrea Fick, Westlake Girls’ High School
Under-15 Double Sculls: Queen Margaret College, Wellington
Under-17 Coxed Eight: Waikato Diocesan School
Under-18 Novice Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Tauranga Girls’ College
Under-16 Coxed Four: Waikato Diocesan School
Under-18 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Baradene College
Under-18 Novice Coxed Eight: Diocesan School For Girls, Auckland
Under-17 Double Sculls: Mount Albert Grammar School
Under-18 Novice Coxed Four: St Paul’s Collegiate
Under-15 Coxed Octuple Sculls: St Peter’s Cambridge
Under-16 Double Sculls: Westlake Girls’ High School
Under-18 Coxed Eight: St Peter’s Cambridge
The countdown is on for one of the biggest events on the national secondary school calendar, the 2018 AON Maadi Cup, held at Lake Ruataniwha between 19-25 March.
The North Island and South Island Secondary School Championships take place on the weekend of 2 and 3 March.
Many secondary school crews hoping to feature at the North Island and Southland Championship and Maadi Cup National regattas took part in this past weekend’s South Island Club Championships at Lake Ruataniwha and the Cambridge Town Cup and North Island Club Championships respectively.
School boats fared particularly well in the South Island Championships that ended on Sunday, winning 25 of 72 A finals.
2016 Maadi Cup champions Christs College eight finished second to the Southern High Performance squad in the Men’s Open Coxed Eight race, while five Christchurch Boys’ High School crews won A final golds.
In the girls, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School enjoyed a successful weekend, winning six golds, including winning the Women’s Open Eight. Rangi Ruru also won a silver and a bronze.
Four days of rowing on Lake Karapiro wrapped up on Monday, starting with the Cambridge Town Cup on Friday and then then the North Island Club Championships over the next three days of the long weekend.
Secondary school boats were to the fore in the Cambridge Town Cup, with Hamilton Boys’ High School winning 11 races. Several girls school crews won their A finals. A number of rowers were also competing for their clubs and not their schools in this regatta as well.
See below for results.
Cambridge Town Cup winning A Finals School winners were:
Boys U18 Coxed Eight: Hamilton Boys’ High School
William Thompson, Luke Taylor, Campbell Crouch, Elliott Jenkins, Flynn Watson, Ryan Campbell, Matthew Humphrey, Max Wilson, Mitchell Kay
Boys U18 Double Sculls: Saint Kentigern College
Alec McRobbie, Harry Church
Boys U18 Coxed Quadruple Sculls:
Ben Franich, Alex McRobbie, Harry Church, George Beggs, Grace Barry
Boys U18 Coxed Four: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Campbell Crouch, Ryan Campbell, Flynn Watson, Luke Taylor, Mitchell Kay
Boys U17 Coxed Eight: St Paul’s Collegiate
Harris Moana, Adam Jefferis, Sam Harcourt, Seth Peake, Max Dobbe, Issac West, Jeremiah McDonald, Max McLean-Bluck, Gus Hanham
Boys U17 Coxed Four: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Sam Cook, Heath MacEwan, Ali Henderson, Brooklyn Elliott, Jacob Stent
Boys U16 Coxed Four: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Joshua Gordon, Jack Read, Jesse Renner, Beckham Raffan, Kieran Joyce
Boys U16 Coxed Quaruple Sculls: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Heath MacEwan, Jack Read, Jesse Renner, Beckham Raffan, Sam McArthur
Boys U16 Double Sculls: Wanganui Collegiate
Blake Hogan, Leo Hanna
Boys U16 Coxed Eight: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Josh Gordon, Jack Read, Jesse Renner, Noah Kerbers, Casey Calver, Zac Paterson, Hunter Moon, Beckham Raffan, Sam McArthur
Boys U16 Single Sculls: Takapuna Grammar School
Boys U15 Coxed Eight: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Sam Nelson, Morgan Gardiner, Blair Ellis, Alex Khatoev, Sebastian Langdon, Khan Caddy, Matthew Lander, Angus Barkley, Aaron O’Regan
Boys U15 Double Sculls: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Blair Ellis, Alex Khatoev
Boys U15 Quadruple Sculls: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Blair Ellis, Morgan Gardiner, Alex Khatoev, Sam Nelson, Aaron O’Regan
Boys U15 Coxed Four: Hamlton Boys’ High School
Sam Nelson, Morgan Gardiner, Blair Ellis, Alex Khatoev, Aaron O’Regan
Boys 15 Coxed Octuple Sculls: Hamilton Boys’ High School
Sam Nelson, Blair Ellis, Alex Khatoev, Morgan Gardiner, Sebasian Langdon, Khan Caddy, Matthew Lander, Angus Barkley, Kieran Joyce
Girls U18 Single Sculls: Westlake Girls’ High School
Girls U18 Double Sculls: Onslow College
Olivia Clarke, Contance Stirling
Girls U17 Coxed Eight: Wanganui Collegiate
Charlotte McKinlay, Catherine Pearce, Maddie McLean, Maddison Gundry, Lydia McLean, Maggie O’Leary-Noyer, Charlotte Robb, Chloe Lennox, Jack Monckton
Girls U17 Coxed Quadruple Skulls: Glendowie College
Sara Everitt, Francesca Treuean, Olivia Hay, Jamie Iro, Meg Rolton
Girls U16 Single Sculls: Wentworth College
Girls U15 Double Sculls: Queen Margaret College
Mila van der Wilt, Mollie Nicol
South Island winning A Finals school winners were:
Women’s Open Coxed Eight: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Izzy Inkson, Anneka Calder, Alice Sproat, Bella Carter, Millie Knight, Emma Stephens, Claire Watson, Samantha Vance and Amber Williams
Women’s Novice Coxed Eight: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Rosie Gray, Chloe Berge, Tessa Reid, Kyla Otway, Emma Ffwocs-Williams, Holly O’Laughlin, Rosa Blake and Sophie Pye
Women’s Intermediate Coxed Eight: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Franny Ullrich, Scarlett Bown, Penny Frost, Brianna Yates, Saskia Murray, Rosa Dalzell, Penny Procter, Holly Ellis and Jemima Porter
Women’s Club Coxed Four: Christchurch Girls’ High School
Gabriella Goodenbour, Sophie Bowden, Lucia Fuller, Eva Watson, Julia Coppens
Women’s U19 Coxed Four: St Margaret’s College
Grace Loveridge, Alice Elworthy, Kate Harris, Gaby McKellar, Emily Young
Women’s U19 Double Sculls: Villa Maria College
Kathryn Glen, Charlotte Freeman
Women’s U19 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Villa Maria College
Kathryn Glen, Hannah Glen, Samantha Coulthard, Charlotte Freeman, Emily Beattie
Women’s Intermediate Coxed Four: Columba College
Abby Griffin, Tessa Campbell, Niamh Paterson, Cara Busse, TamZin Burgess
Girls U16 Coxed Four: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Lauren Staplyton-Smith, Samantha Vance, Charlotte Gray, Lily King and Hilary Royds
Girls U16 Single Sculls: St Andrew’s College
Girls U16 Coxed Eight: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Francesca Gallaway, Samantha Vance, Charlotte Gray, Samantha Summerfield, Lauren Staplyton-Smith, Chloe Berge, Rosa Jones, Lily King and Hilary Royds
Girls U16 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Samantha Vance, Francesca Gallaway, Charlotte Gray, Lily King and Hilary Royds
Men’s Club Coxed Eight: Christchurch Boys’ High School
James Glover, Angus Templeton, Cameron Long, Max Zhang, Ed MacAlister, Ben Brown, Mitch Fraser, Liam Behrnes, Tim Heritage
Men’s Intermediate Coxed Eight: St Bede’s College
Fionn Sullivan, Jackson Kennedy, Sam Fairchild, Kaleb Hammond, Luis Guzmann, Sam Turner, Tom Goodland, David Glen, Ed Goodland
Men’s U19 Coxed Four: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Matthew White, Will Gilbert, Tom Fraser, Jack Chapman, Henry Shaw
Men’s U19 Coxed Quadruple Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
James Glover, Cameron Long, Lachlan Hill, Angus Templeton, Alex Taylor
Men’s Intermediate Single Sculls: Otago Boys’ High School
Men’s Novice Double Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Jose de Sousa, Lachlan Hill
Men’s Novice Coxed Quaduple Sculls: St Andrew’s College
Ben Chittock, James MacLean, Caleb Brown, Lachlan Muir, Hugh Green
Men’s Novice Coxed Eight: Christ’s College
Will Hutchinson, Tyus Dimbledy, Thomas Johnston, George Lill, Billy Harrison, Thomas McEwan, Louie Bethall, Gus Orr, Hamish McCulloch
Boys U16 Single Sculls: St Thomas’ of Canterbury
Boys U16 Double Sculls: Otago Boys’ High School
Jack Webber, Oliver Haig
Boys U16 Coxed Four: St Bede’s College
Thomas Arscott, Ben Visser, Ben MacGregor, Oscar Langridge, Caleb Parsons
Boys U16 Coxed Eight: St Bede’s College
Thomas Arscott, Ben Visser, Ben MacGregor, Oscar Langridge, Matty Barr, Will O’Brien, Lewis Meates, Ben Fleming, Caleb Parsons
Boys U15 Coxed Octuple Sculls: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Charlie Baker, Harry Medicott, William Bently, Archer Pascoe, Ben zino, George Pirie, Liam Carson
“Elliott Jenkins was the guy to beat. He set the fastest times in the heats. I hadn’t raced him until the final, but I knew when I did I had to go full-tilt from the start and make him stress.” Bradley Leydon explains of his strategy before the Under-18 Singles sculls final at the Maadi Cup regatta.
Such an assertive strategy won Leydon the Charlie Stapp Trophy by nearly four seconds.
“I went as hard as I could over the first 250 and managed to get a good lead. He gained half a length at the 750, but I dug deep and held on. Elliott is a great rower. I am stoked with the result.” Leydon enthuses.
Later Leydon was at it again in the under-18 double sculls, claiming the bronze alongside Lochie Bain.
Such success seemed unlikely four years ago when a clueless Leydon joined the sport.
“I couldn’t tell you why I took up rowing. It was four years ago and I went down to the Otago Rowing Club looking for something to do. I am a border from Wakatipu so I guess I wanted to make some new friends and it’s grown from there.” Leydon says.
This leisurely approach didn’t last long. After a period of trial and error in the under-15 and 16 seasons, Leydon struck medals at Maadi in 2016.
“I won bronze in the Under-17 single and double sculls. I won the doubles with my mate Alex Timmins. It was then I thought I could take this seriously, even more so when I realised the top two single scullers from 2016 were leaving school.” Leydon reveals.
In order to become top dog himself, Leydon was forced to overhaul his entire technique.
“My coach Jock Jolly noticed a lot of flaws in my technique which were holding me back. He basically taught me how to row again. I competed for the Wakatipu Rowing Club in the lead up to Maadi just to get more time on the water.” Leydon admits.
Leydon won the South Island title and his performance at Maadi has earned him selection for the New Zealand Junior squad.
“I fly up to Cambridge on Friday for a four day camp. It’s going to be intense, but I can’t wait. I would sit in any boat if I had a silver fern on my chest.” Leydon says.
A good performance in Cambridge could lead to international meets. Leydon is also in contention for a scholarship to Harvard University in the US.
“It’s pretty prestigious and competitive the US University since. There are more Kiwis going over there so it would be great to have a chance at that.” explains.
Impressively Leydon, a former basketball and rugby player, has overcome injured knee ligaments to flourish in rowing. In the little spare time he has Leydon enjoys photography.
The New Zealand Junior Rowing Team is coming home with one silver medal and some valuable racing experience from the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
The junior champions for 2017 were decided today on the waters of Lake Galve, including three New Zealand crews facing A finals and three facing B finals.
The junior men’s four asserted themselves as the second-fastest in the world with a confident silver-medal performance.
Daniel Williamson, Thomas Russel, Matthew Macdonald and Ben Taylor were strong contenders after a solid performance in yesterday’s semi-final.
Today Great Britain dominated the race to take gold, but New Zealand stayed calm and collected to maintain their silver medal position down the course.
New Zealand stayed hot on the heels of the British, winding the pace up in the last 250 metres and leaving Romania and Croatia tussling for bronze. Romania eventually managed to get one up on Croatia to round out the podium.
“We just said go in the last 500 metres. They (Great Britain) are a class crew, and this is a really special environment.” said crew member Matthew Macdonald, who is competing at the championships for the first time.
The nerves were high in the men’s pair A final, with a false start from Sardor Tulkinkhujaev and Alisher Turdiev of Uzbekistan forcing a restart.
New Zealand’s Sam Jones and James Hall finished fifth in the hotly-contested event.
Jones and Hall started conservatively while Stefan Constantin-Berariu and Florin-Sorin Lehaci of Romania, brothers Patrik and Anton Loncaric of Croatia and Turkey’s Ayden Sahin and Ismail Ali Bekiroglu made a breakaway.
Unable to bridge the gap, Jones and Hall were fourth equal with Uzbekistan at the 1500 metre mark but were beaten to the line by less than a second. Croatia took gold, Romania silver and Turkey claimed bronze.
Grace Loveridge, Kate Haines, Grace Watson and Kate Littlejohn finished the regatta as the sixth fastest junior women’s four in the world.
The four couldn’t quite match the absolutely rocketing pace in the A final, hanging on gallantly but unable to move up through the field despite best efforts.
Croatia won gold with a commanding lead while Romania held second for silver and USA took bronze.
Single sculler Bradley Leydon finished his world championship campaign with a sixth place in the B final
Leydon charged out of the blocks, leading in the first half of the race before running out of gas and dropping back through the field.
Janis Timbors of Latvia claimed the victory with Jonas Juel of Norway in second and Fabian Baranski of Poland in third.
Grace Holland and Rosie Ireland put in a powerful sprint finish to claim fifth in the women’s pair B final.
Rachel Heap and Celia Matthews of Great Britain took a convincing win, followed by Belarus and the USA.
Holland and Ireland dug deep at the 1000 metre mark to move from sixth to fifth and put in an impressive sprint on the line, finishing in a time of 8:08.50.
Finn Jenkins, Mark Taylor, Luke Brady and Sam Monkley took sixth place in the men’s quadruple sculls B final.
The New Zealanders were sitting in fourth place at the 500 metre mark but by the mid way point all crews were within a length and a half of each other and the fight to the line was on.
It looked to be anyone’s race with crews ramping up the ratings in a final bid for victory however USA snatched the win in 6:17.89 with the Czech Republic taking second and Australia third.
The regatta concludes the season for the New Zealand Junior Rowing Team, who will now return to New Zealand before the domestic season begins later in the year.
Full results are available at worldrowing.com
Three New Zealand crews will race for world championship honours at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Lithuania.
The final line ups were confirmed after a thrilling day of semi-final racing on Lake Galve in Trakai.
With crews needing a top-three finish to secure a berth in the medal race the pressure was on and the pace was high.
Sam Jones and James Hall fought their way into the A final after a very tight men's pair semi-final which saw less than a second separating second and fourth.
Romania took a comfortable win while New Zealand, Uzbekistan and Italy were all bowball to bowball coming in to the finish.
Jones and Hall managed to nudge ahead to take second while Uzbekistan forced Italy into the B final by claiming third.
The women's four will also race for a medal in tomorrow’s A final following a third place finish in their semi-final.
Grace Loveridge, Kate Haines, Grace Watson and Kate Littlejohn crossed the line just behind China and the USA in a sensational race.
The New Zealanders held off a flying charge for the line from Great Britain to retain third place, with just 0.6 seconds separating the two boats.
The men's four of Daniel Williamson, Thomas Russel, Matthew Macdonald and Ben Taylor will also face an A final after a comfortable and confident second place in their semi-final.
For the length of the course the four put pressure on leaders Great Britain with a clear water advantage ahead of third place Germany. Britain claimed the win a canvas ahead of New Zealand and Germany retained third.
Bradley Leydon will line up in the men's single sculls B final after finishing sixth in his semi-final.
Moritz Wolff of Germany shot into the lead and left the rest of the field scrambling to chase down the course. Leydon started conservatively in fourth place but couldn't hold the pace and dropped behind the field to cross the line in sixth.
Grace Holland and Rosie Ireland faced a tough women's pair semi-final, also finishing in sixth place.
The Greek pair of Margarita Geogoudi and Christina Boumpou were untouchable, powering down the course to take a convincing win with Germany and Lithuania taking the other A final berths.
Holland and Ireland will contend tomorrow's B final.
It was a fast and furious race in the men's quad semi-final.
Finn Jenkins, Mark Taylor, Luke Brady and Sam Monkley slipped from fourth to fifth as frontrunners Switzerland unleashed a blistering performance. Italy and Denmark rounded out the top three.
The fifth place finish means the New Zealanders will contest the B final tomorrow.
Gus Olifiers and Manawa McLaughlin concluded their world championship campaign with a sixth place finish in the men's double sculls C final.
The duo were the fastest crew in the C/D semi-final earlier in the day but couldn't find the same speed in the flying final won by local favourites Titas Masanauskas and Paulius Cernevicius.
Olifiers and McLaughlin crossed the line in a time of 6:53.180.
Veronica Wall and Sydney Johnson finished a very tight women's double sculls C final in sixth place with a time of 7:31.82.
Wall and Johnson held a strong mid-field position down the course but a late dash for the finish line saw them overtaken by the USA and Denmark. Skyla Froebel and Taylor McCarthy-Smith of Australia claimed the win in a time of 7:24.250.
Racing concludes tomorrow with A and B finals.
Full results, schedule and live commentary at worldrowing.com
The New Zealand Junior Rowing Team will compete at the Junior World Rowing Championships, beginning tonight (NZT) in Trakai, Lithuania.The team includes 21 athletes in eight crews. Six of these athletes are returning rowers from the 2016 Junior Team who bring valuable experience to their crews.
The regatta runs from 2 - 6 August on Lake Galve, Trakai. Lake Galve was the host of the 2013 Junior World Rowing Championships, and the 2012 Under 23 World Rowing Championships.
New Zealand Junior Rowing Team 2017, to attend the World Junior Rowing Championships
Lake Galve, Trakai, Lithuania 2 - 6 August 2017
Junior Women's Coxless Four
Nick Barton (coach)
Junior Women's Double Scull
Bruce Jones (coach)
Reserve Junior Women's Coxless Pair
Nick Barton (coach)
Junior Men's Quadruple Scull
Ian Bright (coach)
Junior Men's Coxless Four
Tony O'Connor (coach)
Junior Men's Coxless Pair
Tony O'Connor (coach)
Men's Single Scull
Bruce Jones (coach)
Reserve Junior Men's Double Scull
Ian Bright (coach)
Rowing or netball? Netball or rowing? Until recently, year 13 St Paul’s Collegiate School student Kate Littlejohn has juggled both at the same time to a high level.
But her recent selection in the New Zealand team for the Junior Rowing World Cup in Lithuania from 2-6 August means she is prioritising the water over the court over the next couple of months at least.
As well as rowing, Kate is one of New Zealand’s leading secondary school netballers, having been selected earlier this year in the NZSS netball squad and until recently - when she had to pull out - was in the Waikato Bay of Plenty Beko Development League squad.
“This year I have done the seasons backwards, I was playing netball through the summer and now I will be rowing though the netball season,” she told College Sport Media.
“I’m training for rowing at the moment. We go into camp on 28 May at Karapiro and then start preparing for the Junior World Cup.”
Kate will be in the Junior Women’s Coxless Four in Lithuania. Kate is in the stroke seat setting the tempo and the pace with her St Paul’s Collegiate teammate Grace Watson, Kate Haines from Auckland Dio, and Grace Loveridge from Christchurch Girls’ High School all behind her.
Kate, who started rowing in year 10 and was sculling last season, qualified for the Junior World Cup following trials and after a fantastic Maadi Cup as part of the St Paul’s Girls U18 pair, the Girls U18 four and the Girls U18 eight.
“We won the four and won bronzes in both the pair and the eight.” Grace, who is also in the NZSS netball squad, was Kate’s partner in the pair and also in all three boats.
St Paul’s punched well above their weight at the Maadi Cup.
“The little story behind that is that St Paul’s has a very small rowing squad, We only have 13 rowers, four of whom are novices [first season rowers], so for us to have an eight in the pinnacle event and then to medal is pretty cool.”
The winning team that won the coxed four Dawn Cup at Maadi Cup was Kate, Grace, Olivia Warlow, Jasmine Fountaine and cox Victoria Chanwai. They beat second placed Nelson School for Girls by over 3 seconds, with 2016 winners Diocesan School for Girls in third. James Stevenson was the Dawn Cup-winning St Paul's coach, while Nick Barton was the St Paul's head coach and also coaches the Junior World Cup coxless four crew.
The NSSS netball team gets named in July, following the NZ U17 Championships. Kate said she has still made herself available despite not being in a position to put herself in front of the selectors.
“When we return from Lithuania I’ll be concentrating on netball again and hopefully help my school team qualify for the NZSS Netball Championships for the first time.”
Last year St Paul’s finished ninth at the Upper North Island Championships, the top six qualifying for the nationals.
“That was the highest that St Paul’s has finished. It was a bit disappointing but we had a tough draw playing three of the top four teams, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, Rotorua Girls’ High School and Saint Kentigern College.”
They only lost to St Kent’s by two goals, who went on to win the national title in Lower Hutt in October.
“This year we have relatively the same team, so things are looking promising.”
Kate’s position is goal defence/goal keep, while Grace is at the other end of the court at goal attack/goal shoot.
How do the two sports relate to each other?
“The team aspect is huge in both sports. I find that particularly in rowing where you have to work together in order to move the boat fast. In netball there is an aspect of it that is individual like shooting the goals or chasing the intercepts, but in rowing you must work as a team to win.”
Do the two sports complement each other in training?
“I found that because I was doing mostly netball throughout the recent rowing season I had to learn to cross train. So effectively it’s the netball training that got me now to where I am in rowing.”
Academically, Kate prefers the science and maths subjects in class. She isn’t sure of what she’s going to be doing next year when she finishes school, but there’s a fairly good chance much of her time will be spent either on the water or on the court.
To help fund their trip to Lithuania, Kate and Grace have set up a Givealittle fundraising page at: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/graceandkate
The New Zealand Junior Team to attend the Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, has been announced.
New Zealand Junior Rowing Team
To attend Junior World Rowing Championships
Trakai, Lithuania 2-6 August 2017
Junior Women’s Coxless Four
Kate Littlejohn, St Pauls Collegiate
Grace Watson, St Pauls Collegiate
Kate Haines, Diocesan School for Girls
Grace Loveridge, Christchurch Girls High School
Nick Barton (coach)
Junior Women’s Double Scull
Veronica Wall, Ashburton Rowing Club
Sydney Johnson, St Peters School
Bruce Jones (coach)
Reserve Junior Women’s Coxless Pair
Rosie Ireland, Diocesan School for Girls
Grace Holland, Tauranga Girls College
Nick Barton (coach)
Junior Men’s Quad Scull
Sam Monkley, Cambridge Rowing Club (Waikato RPC)
Luke Brady, Nelson College
Mark Taylor, Oamaru Rowing Club (Southern RPC)
Finn Jenkins, Whakatane High School
Ian Bright (coach)
Junior Men’s Coxless Four
Ben Taylor, St Andrews College
Matt Macdonald, Auckland Grammar Rowing Club (Auckland RPC)
Thomas Russel, St Andrews College
Daniel Williamson, Kings College
Tony O’Connor (coach)
Junior Men’s Coxless Pair
James Hall, Kings College
Samuel Jones, Westlake Boys High School
Tony O’Connor (coach)
Men’s Single Scull
Bradley Leydon, John McGlashan College
Bruce Jones (coach)
Reserve Junior Men’s Double Scull
Gus Olifiers, Trident High School
Manawa Mclaughlin, New Plymouth Boys High School
Ian Bright (coach)
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