With 1272 competitors taking part from 42 clubs, Lake Ruataniwha saw great conditions and great racing last weekend for the Meridian South Island Rowing Championships.
Wanaka Rowing Club took their full squad of 25 junior rowers (pictured). The squad was entered in 29 events, qualified for three B finals, 10 A finals and brought home gold, silver and bronze medals.
The novice girls quad of Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd, Pipi Horan, coxed by Patrick Hartley, were the fastest in the heats and won gold in the final which they led from the start.
Novice doubles, Hayley Ambrose and Emily Findlay, and Ruby Boyd and Pipi Horan made the A final. Both crews won their heats, placing second and third behind Timaru on time. In the final, Boyd and Horan had a cracking performance sitting just behind Timaru to get the silver medal, while Ambrose and Findlay placed eighth. Aneka Rossiter and Samara Goodall finished sixth overall in the B final.
In the under-15 girls octuple, the crew of Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd, Pipi Horan, Aneka Rossiter, Samara Goodall, Amber Hewitt and Lyla Chamberlain, coxed by Patrick Hartley, won a bronze medal.
The senior squad made finals in under-17, under-18, club and senior events.
Against tough competition in the club and senior singles, Sam Pearce, 18, had a couple of solid rows placing eighth in the club A final and fifth in the senior B final. In the club doubles he teamed up with Quinn Curtis to place seventh in the A final in a time of 7.19. Curtis placed fourth in the under-17 single race. Owen Lea placed fourth in the B final of the under-17 single. Lea and Curtis teamed up for the under-17 doubles where they were placed eighth in the A final. Lea then raced to sixth in the intermediate A final.
Rata Horan, coming back into from injury, performed well in the heats of the under-17 single, but had to settle for seventh place in the final.
Maggie Stiven raced the club and senior singles having more success at the senior level finishing sixth overall in the A final. Stiven and Horan teamed up for the club double and just missed out on the A final.
The rest of the squad had some great races, but a club spokesperson said they need to do a little bit more work to get to the finals. “With four weeks to go to the South Island Schools Regatta it’s looking good for Wanaka who will be hoping for more medals.”