Oamaru rowers in form

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The Oamaru rowers performed well in the first regatta for the season at Lake Ruataniwha over the weekend.

The local contingent competed against crews from throughout the South Island in the R2K Singles event. There were races from under-14s through to Open Class, with some rowers going on to represent Otago in the Mainland Inter Provincial Tournament.

After waiting for winds to subside on Saturday, singles racing got under way at 7.30am on Sunday morning in fine conditions.

Due to the shortened time frame, no finals were rowed, with fastest times used for the prizes awarded.

Maysie Scott was first up for Oamaru Club, taking out her under-18 event in good style and in doing so, won a pair of Concept Sculling blades.

The under-18 boys’ race was won by Ollie Stephens of Nelson, who recently won a Silver Medal at the World Junior Champs as a member of the Men’s Quad.

Waitaki Boys’ High School’s Mark Taylor continued the class shown in his novice year and took gold in the boys’ under-15 race in convincing fashion.

Lightweight Sydney Telfer led the under-17 girls’ for a large part of her race but had to bow to size and experience in the run home.

Loren Cunningham placed second in the under-15 sections and Morgan Henderson was third best of the under-16s, while Tamara Gillingham and Tayla Evans performed well at their first experience of singles racing.

The Oamaru Club then made a good contribution to the Otago Team’s second place points tally of 33, narrowly behind Southland’s 37 points.

In the Open events, world under-23 silver medallist Johannah Kearney notched wins in the Women’s Open Pair with Hazel Cunliffe and Quad.

Kearney also stroked the Eight to second place behind an impressive Canterbury combination.

Sydney Telfer and Maysie Scott teamed up for wins in the under-20 Quad and Double with Scott impressing in the Singles over Ruby McManaway of Marlborough. Reserve Julia Fauth was called in at the 11th hour to compete in the Pair and finished in a respectable fourth place.

The local rowers will next be in action at the Aoraki 1000m Regatta at Ruataniwha in November.

PHOTO: Jess Mulligan, Maysie Scott, Sydney Telfer, Julia Fauth and Johannah Kearney at the inter-provincials.