Rookie rowers to taste Maadi Cup competition

IT’S a familiar destination but a new experience for many of the Gisborne contingent racing at the Maadi Cup national secondary school rowing regatta this week.

Nineteen students from Gisborne’s three city high schools are among the more than 2000 rowers from 120 schools competing at the week-long championships on Lake Karapiro near Cambridge.

The nationals are the culmination of a summer of training and competition for the students, all of whom are Gisborne Rowing Club members, a good number of them rookies.

The club had a membership drive last September and added around 10 newbies to its ranks.

Coach Alex Hyland said the club was pleased with that and planned to do another push this September in a bid to boost the ranks of a club with a proud history.

While adding medals to that history will be a tall order this week, Hyland says the students are looking positively to the challenge.

“Most crews will be pushing to make finals and we’ll go from there,” he said.

“We try not to work them too hard but they will race hard. It’s important there is a good balance of racing hard but also being out there and enjoying it.”

The rowers know Lake Karapiro well. This will be their sixth trip there for the summer and Hyland was hoping they would peak for this pinnacle event.

Hyland has been joined in the coaching ranks this year by Luke Jenkins. The pair rowed together, winning a senior title at the nationals, but have switched their focus this year to coaching.

“To be honest, I don’t miss the stress of racing,” Hyland said, although he did admit to a few competitive juices flowing when watching from the lakeshore.

His priority, though, is on developing these young rowers in a sport that has enjoyed success up to the highest level but loses big numbers when students finish school.


Gisborne rowers — Gisborne Boys’ High School: Jayden Eccles, Joshua Kelly, Isaac Kinder, Nopera Rangiuia-Lindup, Sebastian Solomann, Sam Treloar, Cody Wright, Thom Simmons, Troy Deakin (coxswain).
Gisborne Girls’ High: Eva Mirko, Hannah Veitch, Lucy Coulson, Presley Gibson, Sarah Murphy (coxswain), Kate Barwick, Ronnie Brady, Willow Johnston, Philippa Murphy.
Lytton High: Mahinarangi Fisher.

IT’S a familiar destination but a new experience for many of the Gisborne contingent racing at the Maadi Cup national secondary school rowing regatta this week.

Nineteen students from Gisborne’s three city high schools are among the more than 2000 rowers from 120 schools competing at the week-long championships on Lake Karapiro near Cambridge.

The nationals are the culmination of a summer of training and competition for the students, all of whom are Gisborne Rowing Club members, a good number of them rookies.

The club had a membership drive last September and added around 10 newbies to its ranks.

Coach Alex Hyland said the club was pleased with that and planned to do another push this September in a bid to boost the ranks of a club with a proud history.

While adding medals to that history will be a tall order this week, Hyland says the students are looking positively to the challenge.

“Most crews will be pushing to make finals and we’ll go from there,” he said.

“We try not to work them too hard but they will race hard. It’s important there is a good balance of racing hard but also being out there and enjoying it.”

The rowers know Lake Karapiro well. This will be their sixth trip there for the summer and Hyland was hoping they would peak for this pinnacle event.

Hyland has been joined in the coaching ranks this year by Luke Jenkins. The pair rowed together, winning a senior title at the nationals, but have switched their focus this year to coaching.

“To be honest, I don’t miss the stress of racing,” Hyland said, although he did admit to a few competitive juices flowing when watching from the lakeshore.

His priority, though, is on developing these young rowers in a sport that has enjoyed success up to the highest level but loses big numbers when students finish school.


Gisborne rowers — Gisborne Boys’ High School: Jayden Eccles, Joshua Kelly, Isaac Kinder, Nopera Rangiuia-Lindup, Sebastian Solomann, Sam Treloar, Cody Wright, Thom Simmons, Troy Deakin (coxswain).
Gisborne Girls’ High: Eva Mirko, Hannah Veitch, Lucy Coulson, Presley Gibson, Sarah Murphy (coxswain), Kate Barwick, Ronnie Brady, Willow Johnston, Philippa Murphy.
Lytton High: Mahinarangi Fisher.

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