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January 2022 Newsletter


Recap: Hawkes Bay Regatta

The Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club enjoyed 2 days of racing at Clive, to start the New Year at the Annual Hawkes Bay Rowing Regatta on 3 and 4 January 2022.

The provision of a towing vehicle from Wanganui Toyota enabled 28 competitors from the Rowing Club to take part in the Regatta, where the Club was victorious in a number of events over the two days.

The ages of the Club athletes competing ranged from 13 to 66 years and the Club is indebted to the long-standing generosity of Wanganui Toyota.

Our most successful athletes were Messina and Georgina who secured 4 A Final victories.

Pictured are the Club Athletes and Supporters with the Toyota HiLux SR5 vehicle, after loading the boats onto the trailer and preparing for the 3-hour journey back to Whanganui.


AWRC in action

Zac Visser and Barry Banks completed a successful regatta after winning the Mens Club 2X event.

The “Young and Restless” – Messrs Banks, Visser, Stewart and Wright winning the Club Coxless 4 event.

Our Club Patron, attending Hawkes Bay Regatta for the 70th (? ) year, pointing out an item of interest.

AWRC Girls Novice Octuple racing for a 2nd placing.


NZ Club Championships 2022

The decision has been made to shift the National Club Championships to Lake Ruataniwha this season, due to Covid limitations at Lake Karapiro, which also has seen the cancellation of the North Island Club Championships this season.

This is extremely disappointing for our small number of Club and senior school athletes who had been training diligently for both of these events and has resulted in an extremely truncated Club racing season for these rowers.

Stating the obvious, the sooner Covid 19 departs the environment the better, with both the North Island Secondary Schools and Maadi Cup Regatta’s being threatened with potential abandonment due to the pandemic.


Historic Item - Reunion of 1972 Wanganui High School Maadi Cup Winners

Pictured is the crew that successfully secured the Maadi Cup for Wanganui (as it was spelt in 1972) from Wanganui Collegiate on Kerrs Reach, Avon River, in Christchurch

Coached by the famous Wanganui Rowing Coach, and thanks to Jock Byers, who encouraged healthy lifestyles, the crew are all still alive and are having a reunion to celebrate this achievement of 50 years ago, at our Club Lounge on Friday 4 March.

The evening is not limited to the crew/partners. and all former members of Whanganui High School Rowing and others from our rowing fraternity are most welcome to attend.


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