The 2015 Maadi Cup concluded on Saturday with rowers from St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Boys’ High School performing well at Lake Karapiro in the most prestigious event on the secondary school rowing calender.
Mark Taylor, of Waitaki Boys’ High School, was the standout of the Oamaruvians, producing an inspirational performance to earn a gold medal in the boys’ under-16 single sculls A final with a blistering 07min 51secs – four seconds ahead of Massey High School’s Jack Wilson.
Taylor said he was proud of his achievement and thanked his coach and parents for their continued support throughout the regatta.
“It took me a while for it to sink in, and as soon as it did I was over the moon,” he said.
“All week I’d been racing for my family and for my school and it all paid off.
“I’d like to thank my mum and dad and coach Owen Gould.”
Taylor was forced to withdraw from the boys’ under-17 single sculls after qualifying for the quarter-finals with a third place heat finish due to a schedule clash with the boys’ under-16 double sculls, where he and James Scott finished sixth in the A final.
Following the exceptional performances, Taylor has been selected for the South Island under-18 team trials from April 10-12 at Lake Ruataniwha.
St Kevin’s College’s Reuben Mihaere had a strong regatta, placing first in the boys’ under-16 single sculls C-final, while SKC duo Georgia Dyson and Molly Kay finished third in the girls’ under-16 double sculls B-final.
The eight of Marcus Bolli, Lucas Clarke, Ruben Houghton, Thomas Bedford, Thomas Williams, Jack Curphey, Kobi Abrahamson, Henry Fullerton-Smith and Matthew Deller, of Hamilton Boy’s High School, won the boys’ under-18 eights final for the Maadi Cup in the last event.