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January 2024 Newsletter

Fundraising success

Thank you to all the athletes, and families who assisted with hay stacking this year - your efforts have resulted in earning $2,312.00 for your club” Outstanding mahi from all helpers!


RECAP: Jury Cup 2023

The Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club won the coveted Jury Cup for overall points for the first time since 2014 on Saturday 10 December 2023

While the Regatta was running to time on perfect rowing water from 8:00am, a frustrating wind arose in mid afternoon which resulted in the regatta being abandoned just after 2:00pm

 376 athletes from 9 Clubs representing Hawkes Bay, Wellington (4), Clifton as well local Clubs Union Boat Club, Whanganui Collegiate School and Aramoho Whanganui, contested 45 Events of the planned programme.

 At the time the regatta was abandoned, Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club were on 150 points, Whanganui Collegiate School and Star (Wellington) were second equal on 78 points with the Waitara based Clifton Club on 66 points.

Axel was obviously delighted with the performances of the overall Aramoho Whanganui Team, which has Men and Women athletes across all the grades of competition, from Novices to Senior and he acknowledged his fellow club coaches who have supported the large number of athletes. The majority of the current squad come from Whanganui High School which has seen a resurgence in rowing numbers this season. While the focus has been on sculling, a recent shift to the sweep oar discipline also proved to be effective with a number of AWRC boats enjoying sweep oar successes in the total of 21 wins.

Visiting Clubs to Whanganui were very complimentary to the work that has been undertaken by volunteers to significantly improve accessways to the River for visiting rowers, and Association President. Philippa Baker-Hogan paid tribute to this group at the presentations.

Photo: Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club Captain, Rylee Dudley, holds the Jury Cup amidst her jubilant Club Squad following the presentation by Whanganui Rowing Association Patron, Peter "Oscar" Smith. (Photo credit Jacs Rush).


AWRC Rowers Recognised by Whanganui Rowing Association

The opportunity was also undertaken at the Jury Cup formalities to present a number of awards to members of the Whanganui Rowing Association for their efforts over the past season.

Aramoho Whanganui Rowers included:

Vodanovich Challenge Cup - Most Outstanding Novice Individual or Crew of the Year -  Jointly AWRC/WHS Nicky Maxim & Jake Newton with WCS A.McHardy & J Morrah

William Webb Memorial Shield - Outstanding Eight/Octuple - AWRC/WHS Under 15 Octuple: T. Potaka-Osborne-Milner-Skudder, R.Armishaw, M.Emmett, A.McDonough, L.Flack, K.Barnett, F.Tweeddale, A.Jenkins & R.Wood (cox)

Wanganui Plumbing Trophy - Top Performing Secondary School At NZ Secondary School Champs - Whanganui High School

Trevor Coker Memorial Oar - Rower of the Year - AWRC Kerri Williams (Nee Gowler)


It's Christmas for the Cox Squad

Thanks to our funding fairies (Barb Hammond and Annie Pawson) we are lucky new recipients of some more cox boxes to add to our collection. This wouldn't have been possible without the grant from Four Regions Trust. Thank you to all to make this possible! Cox boxes are important tools for our rowing members on the awa.

Photo of one of the cox, Lauren Davies, looking ecstatic as!


RECAP: Christmas Regatta at Lake Karapiro

A massive logistical undertaking this year with 59 of our local athletes making the trip to this major fixture, with our Club making an amazing 36 A Finals which resulted in 3 First, 8 Second and 6 Third Placings.

Winners were Girls Under 15 4X+: Addison, Ruby Bullock, Shelby and Fiana with Cox Morgan;  Mens Novice 4X+: Kynan, Achilles, Joseph and Jordan with cox Lauren;  Boys Under 16 1X: Bryn.

Athletes, Coaches and Support Crew returned home happy but extremely fatigued after 3 days of action and organisation.... Congratulations to everyone!


RECAP: Hawkes Bay Regatta 2024

Aramoho Whanganui crews worked extremely strenuously at this 2 day regatta, with some individuals having up to 8 races on the final day! Nicky. Ava, William and Mae even found the energy to win the Mixed Quad "250 metre "Shoot Out Race" at the end of the day, winning a handy $100 for our Club!

Despite having overall lesser entries the battle for the points trophy was neck and neck all day with the host club. Ultimately Aramoho Whanganui secured the trophy by a mere 5 points - the first time Hawkes Bay has lost bragging rights since 2006! (Ironically to AWRC)

Well done to our 15 winning crews (from 34 events), helpers and supporters.

Also a big thank you to Matt Gilmour and Quinten Heap for their vehicle use in getting boat trailers to and from Clive.


Jake Newton Attends NZ Under 19 Junior Development Camp at Epworth, Lake Karapiro

In late December, Jake was selected for a 3 day Camp which consisted of 8 male scullers and 8 male rowers (with a similar number of promising female scullers and rowers).

On water sessions involved technique sessions as well as a 16 km row (two quads and an eight) on the final day which included a 3km piece at race pace against the other quad and the eight - Jakes quad won...

Off water sessions involved talks from NZ Elite rowers Logan Ulrich, Zach Rumble and Ella on what is required to make the NZ Junior Team, as well as opportunities which may arise at United States Universities after leaving secondary school in New Zealand, without compromising future rowing possibilities for New Zealand. Of interest, Jake was the youngest athlete in attendance being two years junior to most of the other men.


Get your hands on club kit (athletes & supporters welcome!)

The committee is delighted to share our official club kit, brought to life by Chantelle Hallett, owner of Dzign2atee and an enthusiastic AWRC supporter. This collection is entirely optional, designed for those eager to display our club spirit, whether you're on the water or cheering from the sidelines.

Our selection includes a variety of jumpers, shirts, and bags. You can view the full catalogue on our website here

Please take note of an important change: the ordering process has been updated. We've transitioned to a made-to-order system, enabling us to offer a wider variety of items without the constraints of stock levels. This means you'll receive gear that's been freshly crafted just for you. It’s similar to a typical e-commerce experience, where you won't be able to try the clothing on prior. However, a comprehensive size guide will be available to assist you in making the best choice if you need it (you will need to contact Chantelle).

For specialty items like rowing suits, we will continue to place bulk orders as before.

Ordering is easy: simply visit our website, choose your items, and follow the instructions to place your order. Chantelle will then be in touch regarding payment and collection details.


Coming Up

  • Sunday 21 January - RigTec Billy Webb Singles Challenge, Whanganui. A new Junior Trophy has been added this year - The Mahe Drysdale Cup for best Junior sculler. Will Messina Su'a defend the title she won last year? Come along and support our team.

  • 27 -29 January - North Island Club Championships, Lake Karapiro.

  • 13-17 February - New Zealand Club Championships, Lake Karapiro


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