Oamaru contests Sth Is champs


Oamaru’s elite and promising rowers made the most of perfect conditions on Lake Ruataniwha to produce some good performances at the South Island club championships at the weekend.
The club relished seeing both senior rowers on the podium and promising rowers deliver some excellent efforts.
Head coach Owen Gould will be rubbing his hands at the potential of his young crew that won the A final of the men’s coxless quad at a canter and is now set for a crack at the New Zealand title at Karapiro in two weeks.
Gould has trained Jared Brenssell, Charlie Wallis, Mark Taylor and James Scott hard this season and the work is paying off.
Taylor produced a solid performance to win a silver medal in the boys under-19 single, being beaten by only a boat length by Avon sculler Henry Joseph.
Maysie Scott and Sydney Telfer found some good form to finish second in the women’s club double behind powerful New Zealand Universities double combination Hazel Cunliffe and Natasha Bonhen-Cater.
Young St Kevin’s College scullers Molly Kay and Laura Preston and Waitaki Girls’ High School’s Rosie Streat had some solid performances in their respective events. Kay and Preston were fifth in the A final of the girls under-16 double, and Streat was fifth in the girls under-16 singles A final. Kay went on to stroke the St Kevin’s girls under-16 eight to the A final, while the Waitaki Boys’ High School under-16 eight, stroked by Denzil Edwards, came home strongly for fifth in its A final.
The event attracted 1350 rowers, including 65 from Oamaru, and was a good yardstick for rowers as they prepare for the national championships and the Maadi Cup in April.

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