Oamaru rowers performed well on the opening day of the New Zealand Rowing Champs at Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel yesterday.
Oamaru has 14 rowers present at the nationals with teams from the local high schools as well as the Oamaru Rowing Club.
Club captain Peter Scott said the rowers’ performances had been outstanding.
“We are all really proud of the rowers so far; they’re doing a fantastic job and will hopefully continue to row well.”
The men’s novice coxed quad sculls of Riku Koyama, Jared Brenssell, Oscar Pedersen and Gus Harper with cox Jessica Mulligan placed second in their heat and moved through to the semi finals to be held today.
Mr Scott praised the efforts of young rower Mark Taylor.
“He did really well considering he’s only 15 and competing against fellow rowers at least a couple of years older and we’re hopeful he can place in the repechage.”
Fifteen-year-old Taylor, who was performing in the under-20 singles, came fifth in his heat and will now look to place in the repechage.
Maysie Scott was fourth in the under-20 single sculls section and will move forward to the semi finals.
The men’s novice double sculls team of Brenssell and Pedersen came second in their heat.
Mr Scott was impressed with the performance of the two boys.
“They did incredibly well in their race and hopefully they can continue to produce some more fantastic results.”
The Oamaru Rowing Club women’s coxless quad sculls of Maysie Scott, Julia Fauth, Sydney Telfer and Micaela Irvine dominated their heat from start to finish and placed first in their heat.
“They produced a fantastic row and look really good.”
Charlie Wallis was fourth in the men’s club single sculls heat.
Oamaru rower Johannah Kearney, who won a silver medal in the New Zealand coxless fours at the under-23 Rowing World Championships in Italy last year, is not competing because of illness.
Mr Scott said the Oamaru rowers would watch the sport’s stars, Hamish Bond, Eric Murray and Mahe Drysdale, in action.
The rowing runs until Saturday.
By Brayden Lindsay
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – The Oamaru Rowing Club men’s novice coxed quad sculls made it through to the semi finals after placing second in their heat.