This year the NZ national championships were held on Lake Karapiro in Cambridge, Hamilton. The club put forward one of its biggest squads in recent memory, with genuinely competitive crews represented in almost all grades.
The week overall was unfortunately marred by poor weather. The Club Men in particular got caught out on Thursday when the regatta was put on hold for 5 hours right before the start of their quad semi-final, before eventually being abandoned for the day.
The strongest crews this year came from the Women’s squads. A hard winter of training saw them enjoy some great results. The Club Women claimed 4 medals, 2 of them senior, and narrowly missed out on the Club 4+ title.
The Novice Women followed up on what is proving to be consistently good results year-in-year-out for our first time Women’s rowers, taking home 3 medals including a dominant gold medal winning performance in the Novice 4x+.
The men overall were not as successful as last year, but still put forward some respectable performances. The Novice Men took home two bronze medals, whilst the best the Club Men could manage this year was a 5th place finish in a very tight Club 4x- field.
Another noteworthy mention goes to Jamie Hunter who won the Men’s Premier 2-, defeating Hamish Bond and his LM4- crew mate James Jassche in the process. Well done Jamie!
Thanks to all the coaches for their time over the course of the season, here is hoping the club can put forward an even bigger and more competitive squad next season!
Here is a summary of our medal winning performances this year:
Check out this great article on the performance of the club at nationals here.
Below are some photo’s from the week.