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December 2022 Newsletter

RECAP: Bridge to Bridge/Head of River Race

Challenging flood water conditions almost resulted in this fixture being cancelled, however with several visiting Clubs visiting from as far away as Auckland (3 eights!), it was ultimately decided to conduct this event.

11 smaller boats competed from the Upokongaro Bridge to the former Computer Centre, a distance of 10.5 km, in extremely fast conditions. The sole single sculler, Pat Carroll from Union, winning with an incredible prognostic score of 113.8%!

7 eights competed in the Head of River event over the same distance, with a visiting Womens Masters Eight from the North Shore Club taking out the best prognostic time with 111.1%.

The Aramoho Whanganui Womens Octuple of Robyn van Dijk, Messina Su’a, Reeve Watson, Hazel Engert-Rogers, Mae Emmett, Bea Douglas, Charlotte Matthews, Te Atakura Potaka-Osborne with cox Rylee Dudley, were second, completing the course in just over 30 minutes, with a very credible 109.9% prognostic score.

Our young girls octy of Addison, Angel, Fiana, Lacy, Olivia, Keira, Ella, Ruby with cox Morgan, also performed with distinction covering the course in 33:20 minutes and beating 3 other entries with their prognostic time of 103.7%.


RECAP: Johns Trophy - Waitara

The wild weather across the country in late November also had an impact on the Waitara River, with marginal conditions at the start of the regatta and the racing being ultimately abandoned after 17 races.

“The AWRC Novice Quad of Jake Newton, Nicky Maxim, Harmon, Quin Vivian and cox Morgan Wood who gained a second placing in a good tussle with Whanganui Collegiate.”


RECAP: Jury Cup Regatta

Whanganui Rowing Officials were pleased to see this regatta completed for the first time in two years.

With 10 Clubs, 333 entries and 380 competitors in attendance, there was excellent competition across the grades for the 43 AWRC entries, which yielded a remarkable 16 victories!

One of the most exciting races of the day was the two AWRC Under 15 Octys duelling for the lead and ultimately taking first and second placings from three other entries.

A big thanks to all our volunteers who assisted in running the regatta and especially those who operated the Canteen during the regatta!

“Lisa Murphy captured this great action shot of an AWRC Octy in the Womens Club Eight Event. From the left it features Morgan Wood (Cox) Lauren Davies, Messina Su’a, Reeve Watson, Nicola Goss, Hazel Engert-Rogers, Mae Emmett, Fiana Tweeddale and Charlotte Matthews”.

“The AWRC Mens after winning the Open 4 Quad: Gabe Reynolds, Axel Dickinson, Tom Monaghan, and Luke Shannon”.


Hundred Club 2022 Results

1 st Murray Carey #78; 2 nd Alan Ritchfield #9; 3 rd Kit Croxford #80. Minor prizes went to Lois Rush, Bruce Osborne, Ewen Noble, Oscar Smith, Absolom/Barber Synd, Sue O’Leary, Fish Hadfield (2), Bev O’Loughlin, Pete & Carol Sweeney, Greg Osborne, Tom Monaghan, Becky Ivory, Trent & Jamie Williamson and Nev Mullany.

The ongoing support for this fund raiser is greatly appreciated and although there are no expectations to do so, a big thank you to those who made donations to the Club. Profits will be utilised toward coach expenses.


Thank You!!!

Annie Pawson and Barb Hammond for their compelling submissions to Mainland and Four Regions Trusts which yielded $10,000 and $2,000 respectively for our Club.

Annie also organised the Booster Wine fundraiser again in December which resulted in further income.

While Annie and Barb no longer have any family actively involved at AWRC, they both continue to contribute selflessly to the welfare of the rowing club!


Coming Up

16 to 18 December 2022: Christmas Regatta Karapiro

24 December 2022: Christmas Breakfast Fun Row at 7:00am

2-3 January 2023: Hawkes Bay Regatta (helpers needed)


Preparing for Karapiro Regatta

“Messina and Nicola practising their racing starts on a calm Whanganui River!”


Wishing all our Members and Supportive all the best for the Festive Season!

Grader Howells and Maddie Powers - on Behalf of your Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club Committee


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