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April 2023 Newsletter

It's been an awesome month of many awards! Heres our recap.

Whanganui High School athletes, flanked by our two Rangitikei Girls at the Marae looking very smart as they prepare for the street parade which preceded a very successful Maadi Cup Regatta. Everyone in this photo competed in A or B Finals!


North Island Secondary Schools at Lake Karapiro

An outstanding venture this season with WHS achieving fourteen(!) A Finals and four B Finals. Our Rangitikei duo of Robyn and Samantha also made one A and two B Finals.

Views from the podium were enjoyed by:

SILVER -Boys Under 15 2X: Nicky Maxim and Bryn Morgan

GOLD – Girls Under 15 4X: Te Atakura Potaka Osborne Milner Skudder, Mae Emmett, RubyArmishaw, Keira Barnett, and Lauren Davies (Cox)

SILVER – Girls Under 15 Octuple: TeAtakura Potaka Osborne Milner Skudder, Mae Emmett, Keira Barnett, Ruby Armishaw, Ava McDonough, Addison Jenkins, Lily Rose Flack, Fiana Tweeddale and Morgan Wood (Cox)

SILVER – Boys Under 16 2X: Jake Newton, William Herd

GOLD – Girls Novice Quad: Lacey Gilmore, Ava McDonough, Addison Jenkins, Fiana Tweeddale and Tegan Dunn (Cox)

BRONZE – Girls Novice Quad: Te Atakura Potaka Osborne Milner Skudder, Ruby Armishaw, Mae Emmett, Lauren Davies and Morgan Wood (Cox)

BRONZE – Boys Under 17 4X: Jake Newton, Eli Kuehne, William Herd, George Hughes and Morgan Wood (Cox)


Maadi Cup Regatta 2023

Whanganui High School and Rangitikei College parents who had not previously attended this prestigious fixture could not have been more impressed at the size of this spectacle with 2087 athletes from 113 schools competing over 6 days of fierce on water racing. Some schools had crews not progressing any further than heats over the first two days, however the 20 rowers from WHS and 2 from Rangitikei College were most definitely not in this category!

Whanganui High School were extremely successful overall with crews securing nine A Finals and three B Finals.

Our parents and supporters were absolutely delighted when WHS took 2 nd and 3 rd placings in the Girls Novice Quad Sculls from 37 entries!

Lauren Davies featured on the dias both as a rower and coxswain over the two

finals days – a remarkable effort!

A special mention has to be made of the talented Jake Newton who stroked the WHS Under 17 Quad to 4 th place (less than 1 second off 3 rd place and 2 seconds from 2 nd place!), to then be transported by car to the start where he worked solidly in the three seat of the Boys Novice Quad which gained a Silver medal! Jake also returned home with another Silver medal (Novice 2X, with Nicky Maxim) and Bronze medal (Under 16 2X with William Herd), completing a very busy week for him!

The Club congratulates everyone who made this years “Maadi Campaign” so successful – All our athletes, coaches, parents, and especially Lisa Murphy who performs an outstanding role organising such a large group of diverse students and parents so admirably!

Nicky and Jake showing signs of a gruelling race after being nudged into 2 nd place by their nemesis Whakatane High School.

Proud Coaches Dave Dudley and Axel Dickinson on dias with Jake and Nicky

Jake and William after receiving their Bronze medals in Under 16 2X

Under 15 Quad with Silver Medals: Keira Barnett, Mae Emmett, Ruby Armishaw, Lauren Davies (Cox) and Te Atakura Potaka Osborne Milner Skudder, with coach Dave.

Novice Quad Bronze Medals: Fiana Tweeddale, Ava McDonough, Coach Dave, Addison Jenkins, Lacey Gilmore, and Tegan Dunn (Cox)

“Up the Swamp!” Silvers and Bronzes featuring in this shot of Novice Girls: Ruby (S), Fiana (B), Tegan (B), Lauren (S), Lacey (B), Mae (S), Addison (B), Te Atakura (S), Ava (B) and Morgan Wood (S).

Novice Boys Silver Medals: Quin Vivian, Charlie Brougham, Jake, Nicky and “Super Cox/Rower” Lauren, with Axel and Dave.

Rangitikei College Scullers, Sam and Robyn, who secured three B Finals. Robyn’s 2 nd place in the B Final of Under 16 1X was overall 8 the fastest in the Finals of this event which originally had 31 entries.


RIP Barbara Thiele

We sadly report the passing of Barbara Thiele, long term partner of Life Member Brian (Inky) Ingram. The Club extends its condolences to Inky and to Barbara’s extended family.


AWRC features at Cambridge!

Valerie Broadbridge (Blenheim) sought AWRC singlets a couple of years ago to take part in the Triumph Nationals – an event postponed due to Covid.

She and husband Leon finally attended at Cambridge in February. Valerie is the daughter of the late Colin Johnstone, former Champion Coxswain. On the back of the banner there was a “Claim to Fame” which featured where and when the numerous medals of Colin were gained.


Former Wanganui Rowing Club Receives a Heritage Plaque

The old building on Taupo Quay has been recognised as a “Heritage NZ Category 2 Building”. On 24 March, a plaque was unveiled in recognition of this, with a group of former Wanganui and Collegiate Rowers in attendance. The building now houses the River Boat Centre and Museum.


Elite News

AWRC Members Georgia Nugent-O’Leary (Womens Sculling Team) and Jackie Gowler (Womens Sweep Team) have been selected to attend the World Cup 3 and World Championships this year. Your Club congratulates them on their selections and wishes them well for the challenges of winter training at Karapiro and ultimately the international



Coming Up...

Saturday 20 May: Club Prizegiving at AWRC Lounge.

Following our very successful season this will be BIG so diary it now! Parents and supporters very welcome!

Friday 9 June: Quiz Nite!!!

... Contact Becky Ivory with your support ideas. We want this to be an amazing night to generate plenty of money!!! Are you able to donate to the raffle? Do you know someone who can? Get in touch!


More great shots from this rowing season

Thanks for such a great season folks!


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