Good results at Canterbury Championships

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Victorious . . . Alejo Linares Fontona pushes himself to the finish line during the men's intermediate single sculls at Lake Ruataniwha. PHOTO: STEVE MCARTHUR

Another rowing season is under way and the Oamaru Rowing Club is already producing some strong results.

Club coach Owen Gould said he was impressed with the effort of his Oamaru crews at the Canterbury Championships, at Lake Ruataniwha, near Twizel.

“Everybody’s really stepping up,” Gould said.

“They all qualified for the A finals.”

Due to poor weather, the finals were cancelled and the crew’s results were determined by heat placings.

While there were several highlights for Gould, he said he was particularly proud of Alejo Linares Fontona, who won the men’s intermediate single sculls, with a time of 3min 56.63sec.

“That was his first ever win,” he said.

He hoped it would help give the young rower the confidence to gun for more first placings at future events.

“He knows that he can do it now,” he said.

Also celebrating success was Logan Docherty, who came second in the first heat of men’s senior single sculls, with a time of 8min 3.39sec.

Gould also sang the praises of the women’s novice coxed eight, consisting of rowers Harriet Heaphy, April Linares-Fontona, Annie Metcalfe, Jaimee Trainor, Ruby Bradley, Cassidy Harrop, Jessica Bayley and Isabella Hanning, whose combined effort put them in second place, with a time of 7min 37.85sec.

“The girls are humming too – the girls are really humming,” he said.

Since training started in September, Gould said he had noticed a big improvement in the club’s rowers and he had high hopes for the team at the Maadi Cup in March.

“Everybody’s looking really good,” he said.

The Maadi Cup will be held at Lake Ruataniwha from March 25 to 30.