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May 2024 Newsletter

An amazing season celebrated appropriately in our packed lounge on Saturday 11 May 2024. A massive thank you to the organising team for setting up the venue and for coordinating the meal.

The selectors had a particularly challenging role choosing the awards this year! Congratulations to recipients, all our rowers, coaches, committee and supporters.

Click on the photo below to see all the photos from the night, big thanks to Jacs Rush.

Awards were as follows:

  • Top Female Regatta Points (35) – Ruby Hoekstra

  • Thomson Trophy – Coxswain over Winter Series and also top Coxswain Points: Morgan Wood

  • Premier Cup – Jackie Gowler (Not present)

  • Oscar Trophy – Most Outstanding Novice: (Jointly) Kynan Brewer and Achilles Paikea (Achilles also was Top Male Regatta Points winner with 63 points)

  • Howells Family Shield – Most Improved Novice: Edie Franks

  • WHS Rowing Supporters Cup – Most Outstanding School Oarswoman: Robyn van Dijk

  • Spriggens Cup – Most Outstanding Coxswain: Lauren Davies

  • Rush Family Trophy – Most Outstanding Secondary School Crew: WHS Boys Novice Coxed Quad: Cristian Kiriona, Kynan Brewer, Achilles Paikea, Jordan Hallett with Coxswain Lauren Davies

  • Wright Family Trophy – Most Outstanding Oarswoman: Messina Sua (Not

  • present).

  • Jones Family Trophy – Most Outstanding Sculler: Nicky Maxim

  • Rob Mallasch Trophy – Most Outstanding Master: Trevor Rush. And

  • Amalgamation Trophy- Most Outstanding Administrator Contribution: Grader Howells

  • Presidents Trophy – Most Outstanding Club and Team Spirit: Lauren Davies

  • Display Associates Trophy – Most Outstanding Club Crew: Mens Club Coxless Quad: Nicky Maxim, Lawrence Harkin, Jake Newton, Eli Kuehne

  • Jack Brock Memorial Cup – Outstanding School Oarsman: Jake Newton

  • Gichard Family Trophy – Most Outstanding Oarsman: Jake Newton

  • Display Associates Trophy – Jake Newton


Come along to our Sponsors Night - 3 July

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a Sponsors' Night on 3 July. This event is an excellent opportunity for current and prospective sponsors to come together, learn more about our club, and see firsthand the impact of their contributions. If you're considering sponsoring us, we warmly invite you to join us for a kōrero and explore how you can make a difference.

As we look towards the future of our club, ensuring its financial stability is paramount. Over the past few weeks, we have secured several new sponsors, and we are incredibly grateful for their support. These contributions will significantly enhance our ability to maintain operations and support our athletes effectively.

Read our proposal below

General AWRC Sponsorship Proposal
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Why Sponsor Us?

Declining grant funding and insufficient revenue from fundraising efforts have left us with a budget shortfall that impacts essential areas such as coaching, facilities maintenance, and athlete development programmes. Without additional financial support, we risk compromising the quality of our programmes and the overall experience for our members.

How You Can Make a Difference

We're launching a sponsorship programme where you can invest in the future of our club and its members. While any level of support is appreciated, we're specifically seeking sponsors who can provide financial contributions ranging from $500 to $10,000 or more. These funds will be used to support essential areas such as coaching, facilities maintenance, equipment upgrades, and athlete development programmes.

In return for your support, we offer a range of sponsorship opportunities tailored to meet your objectives and budget. From prominent recognition across our communication channels to exclusive event invitations and branding opportunities, we're committed to providing value and recognition to our sponsors.

Get in Touch

If you're interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities or would like more information, please reach out to us at A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide detailed information about the benefits of sponsoring our club.

Thank you for considering supporting the Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club. Together, we can ensure a bright and successful future for our club and its members.

Feel free to make any additional adjustments as needed!


Madeline Cox: NZ U 19 Quad

Maddy Cox recently trialled and secured a seat in NZ Womens Under 19 Quad which will compete in the World Junior Rowing Championships at St Catherines, Canada, in August.

Maddy transferred to our Club from the Waikato Rowing Club this season after formerly rowing at Hamilton Girls College. She was selected for the North Island Under 18 Team two years ago.

Her talents have been recognised by Berkely University, California where she will take up a Scholarship next year.


Jake Newton: Winner of North Vs South Island Under 18 Boys Single

During the School Holidays, Jake trialled extensively for the NZ Under 18 Team for the annual North versus South Under 18 Regatta and was selected as the North Island No.1 single sculler.

Jake then raced the event, winning comfortably by 8 seconds from the North Island’s second entry and was 11 seconds ahead of his nearest South Island rival.

He also made the North Island Under 18 Boys Quad, who were defeated by 0.3 second in the first race and then by 2.6 seconds the next day.

Jake holding the North V South Points Trophy, decisively won by the North Island 80 points to 46 points.


NZ Beach Sprint Champs 2024

The Club sent a contingent of youngsters and Masters to this fixture, which was held at Titahi Bay on 3 May 2024, hosted by the Porirua Rowing Club.

This is a relatively new sport in New Zealand and has been given Olympic status for 2028 at Los Angeles.

Feedback received from our competitors was that this was a “fun day”, with AWRC being very prominent and winning three NZ Beach Sprint Championship


  • Club Mixed Quad: Bryn, Nicky, Abby, Edie and Lauren (Cox)

  • Club Women Double: Lauren and Agatha.

  • Under 17 Double: Jake and Will

The fixture also served as a NZ Trial. This will take at place at Orewa on 1 June,

where selections will be made for a NZ Open and Under 19 Team which will

travel to Genoa, Italy, in September. Jake Newton and William Herd have been

invited to attend these.

William and Jake competing on the placid waters of Titahi Bay.


Ron Gurr: Returned Serviceman WW2

The Gurr’s were a well known Aramoho family during the mid-1900’s (Gurr Street being named after the family) and Ron Gurr rowed for the Aramoho Boating Club before serving overseas in World War 2. On his return from war service Ron resumed work for NZ Railways and his support for the Boating Club, being a coach and being prominent in the building of the current boat house.

Unfortunately, Ron’s war service was not recognised on the Roll of Honour Board which resides in the Club gymnasium, a wrong that was put right recently when Display Associates updated the Honours Boards for our prizegiving function.


RIP Johnny Philipson

Johnny joined the Wanganui Rowing Club in the late 1940’s initially as a coxswain and then rowing in the Welterweight and Lightweight Classes. He was involved with the Club until his transfer with NZ Railways to Wellington in the 1950’s.

Johnny also played senior rugby for the Kaierau and Technical Old Boys Rugby Clubs and was an extremely accomplished cornet player with the Wanganui Garrison and Upper Hutt Brass Bands.


WhRA:Winter Series 1

A record 43 starters were made for the inaugural Blinkhorne and Carroll 6k Winter Series on Sunday 12 May.

Axel Dickinson and Tyler Scott (Whanganui Collegiate) combined some of the athletes into 6 composite crew entries with a view to developing some integration as the Whanganui Rowing Association looks ahead to contesting the North Island Inter Provincial Regatta at Lake Karapiro in September.

The winning crew was Toby Corcoran (WCS), Eli Kuehne, William Herd and Bryn Morgan, competing as a Men’s Club Quad with a prognostic score of 80.42%. Second place went to Wellington Rowing Club’s Jason Theobald (MInt 1X) who followed closely with a prognostic score of 80.22% with Union Boat Club Veteran Bruce Tate (MGM1X) third 80.03%.


Thank You David Williams from House of Travel Christchurch

David Williams, House of Travel Christchurch, has made a significant sponsorship contribution to our Club (more on this soon...!) as well as donating two high quality cox boxes which have just been received.

We are indebted to David for his amazing generosity!


Coming Up

  • 24-26 May – World Cup 2, Lucerne (featuring AWRC’s Jackie Gowler and Kerrie Williams in W4-)

  • 25-26 May – Neilsen Kellerman, Legion of Rowers, Karapiro (featuring 12 of our finest Master’s Rowers)

  • 25 May – 1.00pm Fund Raiser at Brunswick

  • 1 June – NZ Beach Racing Trials at Orewa

  • 9 June – Winter Series 2 – After Match at Union Boat Club


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