Success at NZ rowing championships for local club


Oamaru rowers dug deep for top performances at the New Zealand championships on Lake Karapiro at the weekend.
The gold singlets returned with two bronze medals to show for a meritorious series of performances in Cambridge.
Maysie Scott and Sydney Telfer were third in the women’s club double, and Mark Taylor, Charlie Wallis, Jared Brenssell and James Scott matched that in the men’s club coxless quad.
Overall, it was a “very successful regatta” for the Oamaru Rowing Club, club captain Peter Scott said.
Scott and Telfer battled hard to reach the podium in a category that had a field of 40 rowers.
They had a slow start in the heat, finishing fourth, but recovered to advance to the semifinal by winning the repechage. They rowed well to won their semifinal, and grabbed bronze in the final.
The young Oamaru women also finished sixth in the A final of the senior women’s double.
The Oamaru men won bronze in a thrilling club coxless quad medal race. They had a titanic battle with a Hawkes Bay’s crew, but were pipped for silver by just 0.07sec, as they clocked 6min 14.69sec.
In the under-22 coxless quad, Oamaru’s crew was fourth, just three lengths behind three representative crews battling it out for spots in the coxless quad and the eight to race in the Rio Olympics.
Their strong showing in the race prompted the commentator to ask the crowd to show their appreciation for the Oamaru rowers who had performed so well against high quality opponents.
The Oamaru men reached two other A finals, finishing sixth in the under-19 coxed four and eighth in the senior coxless quad.

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