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April 2021 Newsletter


Results: Maadi Cup Regatta 2021

This event this year was the largest ever with 2623 athletes from 122 schools competing and with an estimated 8000 support people/spectators in attendance.

With these numbers competition was obviously extremely fierce with our 29 Whanganui High School athletes finding reaching A Finals a big challenge in itself.

Whanganui High School finalists were as follows:

Girls U 16 Quad: Reeve Watson, Victoria Soutar, Awen Emmett, Eliza Maxey, and cox Campbell Monk 6th in A Final (overall 6 out of 47 starters). Note – this crew were also awarded the Bronze Medal in recognition of where they would have finished at the Covid cancelled NISS Regatta.

Boys U 18 Novice: Quad Dan Guan, Eli Kuehne, Petera Rogers, George Hughes and cox Campbell Monk 6th in A Final (6/42)

Boys U 18 Single: Jordan Manville 1st in B Final (9/61)

Girls U 16 Double: Reeve Watson and Victoria Soutar 2nd B Final (10/49)

Boys U 16 Single: Michael Sturdee 2nd in B Final (12/38)

Boys U 18 Novice Double: Dan Guan and Eli Kuehne 5th B Final (13/32)

Girls U 17 Double: Georgina Ross and Messina Su’a 1st in C Final (17/45)

Girls U 18 Double: Georgina Ross and Messina Su’a 2nd in C Final (18/54)

Girls U 16 Quad: Jordis Sheridan, Lana O’Connor, Hannah Palmer, Portia Eastabrook, and cox Lillie Taylor 8th in C Final (24/47)

The endeavours and commitment of volunteer coaches Alan, Luke, Tom, Dave, Des, Pete, and Grader over the season are acknowledged.

Also greatly appreciated again are the organisational skills of Lisa Murphy, who together with the outstanding support of parents and supporters ensured all off water requirements were undertaken seamlessly – Thank you for your support.

Our Maadi contingent were delighted to host our Club Tokyo bound Olympians, Kerrie Gowler, Jackie Gowler and Georgia Nugent O’Leary, who took time out of their busy training schedules to speak and encourage our team at our Marae accommodation. This was much appreciated, and we certainly wish them every success as the Olympic count down commences.


Olympic news

The Club is proud to report that Chris Harris has been confirmed in the NZ Mens Double Scull Boat for the Tokyo Olympics, which will be his 3rd Olympic Games selection – a wonderful achievement.

Chris will be partnered in the boat by the exceptionally talented Jack Lopas, who won the NZ Championship Single and Double Sculls Races at Lake Ruataniwha in February this year.

Coaching this Olympic Double will be former AWRC athlete Calvin Fergusson, who has developed a very impressive coaching cv at the elite level for New Zealand over recent years.


New double skull boat

We are very happy to advise that the Club has received a grant of $7000 from the Four Regions Trust to go toward the purchase of a new double scull skiff. Thanks to Annie Pawson and Barb Hammond for preparing a compelling submission.


Firewood working bee

The Club had an excellent turnout of young and old members to cut and split a large quantity of firewood at the property of Jeremy and Haley Emmett at Papaiti over two Sundays this month.

This was an excellent opportunity for everyone to combine and an excellent Club bonding exercise. Thanks to Jeremy and Haley for providing this funding opportunity and especially the after-match barbecue/refreshments!


In Memoriam: Wally Loader

It is with sadness we record the passing of Wally Loader. Wally was a former Teacher in Charge of WHS Rowing and daughter Helen was an active rower for several seasons.

Peter Bretherton has also passed away. Peter will be remembered particularly by former Wanganui Rowing Club members as coxswain for WHS and the Club in the late 1960’s.


Prizegiving 2021

Date: Saturday 22 May 2021

Time: 6:00pm

Location: AWRC Lounge

Dress attire: Formal


Quote of the Month

Kerri Gowler (again!). When asked how to push through when racing

competitively when feeling “the pain”. “It’s only ‘pain’ – you know it will go away

so focus on on your plan!”


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