Oamaru rowers produced an impressive set of result at the South Island Club Championships at Lake Ruataniwha last weekend to collect six gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals from 18 A finals.
The weather made for ideal rowing conditions. There was not a breath of wind and the lake remained calm for both days of racing.
Coach Owen Gould’s squad led the charge, with outstanding performances from Maysie Scott, Julia Fauth, Micayla Irvine, Sydney Telfer and Coxwain Jessica Mulligan to finish first in the women’s under-19 coxed quad sculls and third in the women’s under-19 coxed four.
Telfer and Scott went on to win the A final of the women’s under-19 double sculls. Irvine and Fauth finished fifth.
Mark Taylor, also trained by Gould, was again in exceptional form in the boys’ under-16 single sculls, winning his A final, in a time of 7:04.61.
Taylor then joined Charlie Wallis in the boys’ under-17 double sculls, coming second in the A final after narrowly losing out to Saint Thomas, of Canterbury.
Taylor then teamed up with crew members Adam Sewhoy, Kalas Taukamo, James Scott and Coxwain Jessica Mulligan to take gold in the boys’ under-16 coxed quad sculls.
The promising St Kevin’s College pair of Molly Kay and Georgia Dyson charged home in their heat of the girls’ under-16 double sculls to finish second and progressed to the A final in which they came fifth.
Morgan Henderson, of Waitaki Girls’ High School, showed promise in the girls’ under-17 single sculls, finishing eighth in her A final.
The combination of Reuben Mihaere (St Kevin’s) and James Scott (WBHS) in the boys’ under-16 double sculls saw them place third in the A final, taking away bronze in a time of 7:24.25.
Coaches will be pleased with the progress displayed in the novice classes. The men’s novice coxed quad sculls of Riku Koyama, Jarrod Brenssell, Oscar Pederson, Angus Harper and coxwain Jack Souness made their A final and came second in a time of 7:19.14.
Rosie Streat and Fran Yanzick were the best novices in the field of the B final of the women’s novice double sculls finishing first by a boat length.
The Oamaru Rowing Club will now look ahead to the Bankstream 2015 National Championships for its senior rowers in Twizel from February 17-21, while the schools train towards the Meridian South Island Secondary School Championships at Lake Ruataniwha on March 7 and 8.
By James Ford