Fine effort from novice rowers

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Novice rowers from the Oamaru Club showed plenty of promise at the Aoraki Regatta held at Lake Ruataniwha over the weekend.

Forty five rowers from the three local secondary schools participated their first regatta of the season and 15 novice rowers were given the opportunity to  row with experienced rowers in double and quad event, rising to the challenge with some pleasing results.

The Oamaru contingent achieved 11 golds in the womens open coxed four, mens open double sculls, mens open single sculls, boys under-16 single sculls, womens open double sculls, mens 50% novice coxed quadruple sculls, womens open coxed quadruple sculls, boys under-17 double sculls, boys under-16 coxed quadruple sculls,

womens open coxed four and mens open double sculls along with three silver medals and four bronze.

Club captain Peter Scott said the regatta was pleasing with some solid performances from rower of varying ability.

“I was very happy with the regatta because we performed at both ends of the spectrum,” he said.

” We won the main events and the novices showed some real promise and enjoyed the regatta. We’re looking ahead to a good season”.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Morgan Henderson, Ruby Perkins, Samantha Broomhall and Maysie Scott competing in the 50% Novice quad race where they finished in first place in the B Final.