Gold medal performance at Maadi Cup
‘‘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.
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.