Oamaru rowers have produced sterling displays in Twizel at the South Island Rowing Club Championships.
Despite a top team effort, Sydney Telfer’s double gold medal performance partnered by Georgia Dyson in the novice double and Tiana Mihaere in the Under -17 double for victory were the highlights for the local team of the regatta.
The Oamaru Under-15 boys Four, comprised of Mark Taylor, Kalas Taukamo, Josh Gregory Hunt, Adam Sew Hoy and coxwain Liam Proctor, showed their great potential by taking out a bronze medal in their A -Final while five other local crews were just off the pace, finishing fifth, just seconds off medal positions.
Record entries of more than 1200 rowers from all over the South Island forced a new time trial format for this regatta.
Rowers in the majority of events were required to race a 1500 metre time trial with the quickest eight advancing to the A-Final and the next eight to the B-Final, In fields of up to 35 crews to make the finals.
The club enjoyed its best South Island regatta ever withall 34 rowers advancing to either A or B finals, making a record 15 A finals and four B finals, which were all raced on the Sunday.
Oamaru Rowing Club’s Peter Scott cited the rowers’ dedication as the catalyst for success.
“The results were a welcome reward for all the hard work done training over the Christmas break,” he said.
“The rowers are tremendously fit and they are racing now rather than just rowing. “(The) standout performance had to be novice rower Sydney Telfer with two gold medals. She has a bright future ahead of her.”
By JAMES FORD