Top row­ing re­sults ahead of Maadi Cup

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR HEALTH - EMMA JAMES

St Peter’s School was crowned cocham­pion with Hamil­ton Boys’ High School at the North Is­land Sec­ondary School Row­ing Cham­pi­onships.

St Peter’s coach Janey Wack­row was proud of the students’ ef­forts and is feel­ing pos­i­tive about the 2017 Aon Maadi Cup, which starts on March 27.

‘‘As the fi­nals day went on, the bat­tle for the over­all cham­pi­onship team swapped be­tween us and Hamil­ton Boys’ High School.

‘‘In the end it came down to the fi­nal race and with HBHS fin­ish­ing se­cond in the U18 + meant the two teams ended up tied for the Der­byshire Shield and we were crowned co-cham­pi­ons,’’ she said.

Both teams fin­ished on 63 points ahead of Kings Col­lege in third on 31 points.

The 78-strong team made it through to 31 A Fi­nals, nine B Fi­nals and 3 C Fi­nals.

‘‘This saw all of the ath­letes make it through to a fi­nal, which was a huge achieve­ment,’’ Wack­row said.

‘‘We bought home eight gold medals, six sil­ver medals and five bronze medals.’’

Syd­ney John­son won gold in the the U18 Girls Sin­gle and Reuben van Dalen won sil­ver in the U18 Boys Sin­gle.

Ja­son Nel took home gold in the U16 Boys Sin­gle.

Beckie Leigh and Clare Milne took home two golds by win­ning the U16 Girls Dou­ble and then com­bined with Ruby But­ler, Mor­gan Brown and coxwain Brooke Hous­ton to win the Quad.

The U17 Girls won gold in the Four, and in the Quad.

‘‘The sur­prise pack­age of the re­gatta was our se­nior novice girls who re­ally stepped up from the pre­vi­ous re­gat­tas win­ning gold in the Four and then com­bined with their team­mates to take sil­ver in the Eight,’’ said Wack­row.

The team had two more weeks of train­ing be­fore Maadi Cup and went to Whaka­maru for a train­ing camp.

Cam­bridge High School also had suc­cess at the event, tak­ing home six medals.

‘‘We made 13 A Fi­nals and 12 B Fi­nals,’’ said Cam­bridge High School coach Kirsty Dun­hill.

Cam­bridge High School won gold in the Girls Over 15 Light­weight Dou­ble, sil­ver in Boys U16 Coxed Four, sil­ver in Boys U16 Sin­gle Scull, bronze in Boys U16 Coxed Quad, bronze in Boys U17 Sin­gle Scull and bronze in Girls U15 Dou­ble Scull.

The teams now look for­ward to com­pet­ing in the Maadi Cup, from March 27 to April 1.

LAWRENCE GULLERY

St Peter’s Syd­ney John­son won gold in the the U18 Girls Sin­gle. In­set: Cam­bridge High School U15 girls Tayla Cook and Seren Dixon, won bronze at the sec­ondary school champs.

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