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Novice rowers shine at regatta

Posted at 5:09am Thursday 01 Nov, 2018 | By Sports reporter sports@thewanakasun.co.nz


Wanaka Rowing Club took 22 junior rowers, two masters, four coaches and a team of parent help and supporters to the first regatta of the season at Lake Ruataniwha last weekend.

The 24 local rowers, which included seven member of the learn to row group and a further eight novices, competed in 32 races, reaching 19 A finals and 11 B finals.

The stand out performances of the day were from the girls' novice squad of Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Sophia Perkins and Samara Goodall (all 14), Ruby Boyd, Aneka Rossiter, Pipi Horan and Amber Hewitt (all 13).

It was the first time the club has ever fielded an octuple. The crew of novices with learn to row novice, Kaia Cassaidy, in the bow, borrowed a boat from Wakatipu Rowing Club, and, despite no practice, had a stunning race, finishing in second place on time.

The crew of Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Samara Goodall and Ruby Boyd coxed by Patrick Hartley won the novice coxed quads by a length.

The under-18 squad of Maggie Stiven (17), Rata Horan, Owen Lea, Quinn Curtis, Sophie Fenn, Sammy Harry, Sophie Hodgkiss–Blyth (all 16) and coxswain Patrick Hartley (15) continue to perform well and had some great results in singles and doubles.

Rata Horan was placed third in the A final of the under-17 single, and teamed up with Maggie Stiven to place fourth in the open double. Stiven also raced in the open single, rowing into fourth place.

In the under-17 doubles, Horan and Harry were fifth in the A final.

The under-17 boys, Owen Lee and Quinn Curtis, had a tight race in the under-17 doubles, placing fourth. In the under-17 singles, Curtis placed seventh in the A Final and Lee was pipped to third place on the line in the B final.

In the novice 50 percent races, the learn to row squad of Olly Thomas (16), Timo Fitzpatrick (15), Tao Hawkey-Hight (14), Lucia Brown (15), Lyla Chamberlain (14), Ella Salmen-Parker (14) and Kaia Cassaidy (14), teamed up with the seniors with some more great results.

A WRC member said the coaches were very excited with the results and are looking forward to a competitive fun season ahead.

“A fabulous start to the season for the novices and an absolutely, brilliant effort from the learn to row squad, who should be very pleased with their performances, given almost no time in the boats training.”


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