North Island Secondary Schools Championships
Lake Karapiro, March 8 -10
This is the penultimate competition of the Secondary schools Rowing calendar. The whole of the North Island competes over 2000m for medals and for school pride. Our girls did both!
Gold Medal in the U16 Single Scull - Grainne Walsh (8:20.44)
Gold Medal in the U17 Coxed Eight -Tara Williams, Amy Patten, Grainne Walsh, Lucy Burrell, Charlotte Rattray, Sophie Robinson, Charlotte Murphy, Lauren Page, and cox Sarah Simpson (6:50.89)
Silver Medal in the U16 Double Sculls - Grainne Walsh and Tara Williams (7:49.02)
Other notable results were...
- U16 Coxed Eight: Olivia Wrigley, Whetu Meihana, Charlotte Rattray, Sophie Robinson, Jessica Arndt, Stella Shaw, Ruby Bruce, Ana Vincent and cox Mackenzie Brown who came 4th in the A Final, missing the podium by 1 second and only 5 seconds off Gold (7:05.91).
- U18 Coxed Novice Eight: Hien Tran, Beth Smillie, Rhi Leigh, Clare McHugh, Sophie McDermott, Jenna Ensil, Tyler Lennox, Samara O’Hagan and cox Bella Donovan who came 5th in their A Final (7:51.11).
- 15 Coxed Eight: Isabella Murray, Jessica O’Connell, Cayla Morriss, Georgia Burrows, Rose Hunter, Jessica Dolan, Sophia Foliaki, Georgia Anderson, and cox Tessa Crean came 7th in their A Final (7:24.51)
With these impressive results across age groups and seeing our novice squad improve every week and at every regatta, the future of Baradene Rowing is in great hands. NZ Secondary School Nationals (Maadi Cup) is only a week away and we are looking in great shape. We head back to Lake Karapiro on Saturday 23 March for the week-long regatta and aim to improve our placings once again.
Thank you as always to our coaches lead by Caspar Hammond and the parent helpers lead by Di Hart. The support our girls get on and off the water is second-to-none. A huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Pasley for coming to watch the finals. The girls and parents all enjoyed spending time with you both and sharing the successes of the year so far.
Below are some photos of our medal winners and the of the amazing support from over the whole weekend.