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June 2023 Newsletter

It's always busy at AWRC! Read on below of what's been going on.


Messina Su’a Selected For NZ Universities Eight

We congratulate Messina on securing a place in the NZ Universities Womens Eight to compete at the Australian Universities Regatta in August.

Messina is currently attending Otago University and performed with distinction rowing for Otago at the NZ Universities Regatta at Ruataniwha in April.


AWRC Prizegiving 2023

Our Lounge was packed to capacity on Saturday 19 May, which was a night where the Club and Schools achievements were celebrated enthusiastically!

“ Jake Newton was undoubtedly the most successful member this season – securing the Oscar Trophy (Most Outstanding Novice); the Jack Brock Memorial Cup (Quality, Technique and Team Spirit); Jones Family Trophy (Most Outstanding Sculler) and Display Associates Trophy (Most Outstanding Crew – with Nicky Maxim in the Boys Novice Doubles at NZ Championships and at Maadi Cup)”

Other winners during the evening were:

Premier Cup: Jackie Gowler (who is currently training with the NZ Womens Elite Squad in a Coxless Four to compete in the forthcoming International Season).

Thomson Trophy: Morgan Wood

Howells Family Shield: Lacey Gilmore

WHS Supporters Cup: Robyn van Dijk

Spriggens Cup: Rylee Dudley

Rush Family Trophy: Girls Under 15 Quad – Te Atakura Potaka-Osborne-Milner-Skudder; Ruby Armishaw; Mae Emmmett; Keira Barnett and Lauren Davies (Cox)

Wright Family Trophy: Messina Su’a

Gichard Family Trophy: Axel Dickison

Rob Mallasch Trophy: Trevor Rush

Amalgamation Trophy: Dave Dudley

Diane & Bruce Osborne Trophy: George Hughes

Note – A vast array of photos of the evening can be viewed on the Club’s Facebook page

A big shout out to all those who helped to organise an incredibly successful evening!


RECAP: Legion of Rowers Regatta - Karapiro (13 May)

Both recovering from the travails of their advancing years, Richard Brock and Trevor Rush again performed with credit at this regatta. Interestingly, this action shot of four of our 2022 Masters featured on the front page of this year’s programme!


Well done to the graduates from the 2023 Learn-to-Row Programme

Thank you again to Jacs Rush for leading this year’s Adult LTR Programme, and to the six who graduated.

Four of the Graduates are pictured above: Nikoo Namini , Kellie Brougham, Claire Lilley and Katy Newton. Not present were Pam Muller and Aleisha Fairweather.


Club Yoga

Our comfortable lounge continues to see increased activity.

Axel has recently introduced Yoga Sessions on Monday evenings which are well-supported.


Quiz Nite Fundraiser

A remarkable evening organised by Becky Ivory and her outstanding team saw a much-needed $2,500.00 added to the Club's coffers!

A special thank you to our sponsors which included: Joe & Mandy @ the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge; Dean @ Mid-West Helicopters; Caroline’s Boat Shed; Olivia @ Odo Gifts; Glenn & Bec @ A Painters Touch; Jill @ Jillys Jams; Quiz Master Pete; Wade & Catherine @ Columbus Coffee; Matt & Vicky @ Barber Town; Howells & Luff Families; Deepak & Sumit @ BP Taupo Quay; BNZ Whanganui; Grant & Karine @ Hire Master. Please support them when you can….!

“A family outing of Monaghans, supported by Colleen and Dave Dudley, deep in concentration”

“Teams endeavouring to win “bragging rights!”


RECAP - Winter Series 6km (11 June)

A record 47 rowing boats and wakas, including 16(!) AWRC entries competed in this monthly event on perfect water, but chilly conditions.

The overall winner was Kevin Horan from Horowhenua with a prognostic score of 83%. Liam Collin and Axel Dickinson were the first AWRC crew with a 4th placing.


Volunteer of Year Award

The opportunity was taken at the after-match function of the 6km race at Union Boat Club, to present Grader Howells, with the Whanganui Rowing Association’s Volunteer of the Year Recognition.

“Grader found it very humbling to be accorded the award”.


RIP Jim Davidson

We sadly note the passing of Life Member Jim Davidson. Jim was a competitive rower for the former Aramoho Boating Club in the 1940’s and early 1950’s and stroked the winning ABC Youth Eight to victory at the NZ Championships in 1949. He also filled the role of Club Treasurer until the mid-1950’s.


RIP Peter (PJ) Scott

Peter will be remembered as a popular supporter and bus driver when the Aramoho Boating Club used Cooper Motors to travel to regattas in the early 1970’s.

PJ had an extremely active life and was well known for his passion for motor cycles, being both a participant and organiser of the Whanganui Cemetery Circuit annual event.

To members of Jim and PJ’s families, the Club extends our condolences.


Coming Up

Winter Series 6k Race - July 10th (after match at AWRC Lounge)


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