Gold medal per­for­mance at Maadi Cup

Cambridge Edition - - SPORT - MIKE BAIN

‘‘St Peter's, for the third time, won the Dawn Cup in the coxed U18 fours.’’

St Peter’s and Cam­bridge High School are cel­e­brat­ing their suc­cess with a to­tal of 18 medals from the 2018 Maadi Cup.

A to­tal of 2283 ath­letes from 120 schools took part in the re­gatta at Lake Ru­atani­wha near Twizel.

It was the most pres­ti­gious event on the school rowing cal­en­dar.

St Peter’s haul of eight gold, six sil­ver and two bronze medals, along with the Star Tro­phy for the over­all Cham­pion School for the third time, makes it the most suc­cess­ful re­sult to date.

St Peter’s rowing coach Janey Wack­row said the results built on ear­lier re­gat­tas lead­ing up to the event. For the first time in the school’s his­tory, the U18 girls coxed eights won the Levin Ju­bilee Cup.

The U18 girls had a suc­cess­ful day win­ning all three sweep events, 2-, 4+ and 8+, with Brooke Kilmis­ter and Brie Perry be­ing part of all three crews.

St Peter’s, for the third time, won the Dawn Cup in the coxed U18 fours.

‘‘The boys pro­duced one of the high­lights of the day by roar­ing to a com­mand­ing win in the U17 boys coxed four,’’ said Wack­row.

The novices, both the boys and girls crews, car­ried on from their suc­cess­ful North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools Rowing Cham­pi­onships ef­fort, with Alis­ter Jenk­ins, Carter Grey, Holly Wil­liams and Madi Fuller win­ning gold in the U18 Novice 2X events.

Team mates Fletcher Pear­son­Ri­ley and Har­ri­son Lynch won sil­ver in the dou­ble and then com­bined with the two dou­bles to win gold in the U18 novice boys coxed fours.

‘‘One of the big­gest un­ex­pected results was from our U15 Girls 8+, un­der the lead­er­ship of se­nior coxswain Char­lotte Sier­mans, which stormed through the field to take an in­cred­i­ble sil­ver medal,’’ Wack­row said.

St Peter’s coach Norm Charl­ton won the Bill Eaddy Cup, for best coach of ju­nior crews.

Cam­bridge High School coach Sandy Stu­art was pleased with her teams’ ef­forts at Maadi Cup this year.

She said the ex­pec­ta­tion was for 32 mem­ber squad to make the fi­nals.

Their per­for­mance recorded 12 A, nine B and two C fi­nals.

Two medals re­sulted with the U17 dou­bles Sean Hale and Matt McHugh nar­rowly miss­ing out on gold, while U17 sculler Seth Hope achieved a bronze medal fin­ish.

STEVE MCARTHUR/ROWING NZ

St Peter’s School Cam­bridge GU18 Eight: Bri­ana Perry (stroke), Brooke Kilmis­ter, Mor­gan Blind, Anna Cairns, Re­becca Leigh, Katie Bell, Amy But­ler, Kaylin Wren and Lau­ren Gibb (cox). Coaches Kirsty Dun­hill and Norm Charl­ton.

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