Two in a row for the EGGS team
Epsom Girls Grammar students have proven that a little persistence pays off.
The school’s rowing teams won medals at the Maadi Cup last month for the first time in 17 years.
The under-17 quad and under-17 double won silver in the event that featured 134 schools from around the country.
It was only the second time the school had won medals since the cup began 25 years ago.
Coach John Williamson first started coaching rowing at Epsom Girls when it began in the 1980s.
He returned after a long break two years ago and is not surprised by the girls’ success.
“They were coached smarter this time. But the credit is with the girls – they show dedication and are bright kids who worked and performed very well.”
The rowing team trained six days a week in the lead-up to the Maadi Cup. They also attended a camp near the Waikato River in January, and competed in regattas at Lake Pupuke, Mercer, Rotorua and the North Island secondary schools competition at Lake Karapiro.
With only nine rowers and one coxswain the girls were one of the smallest teams but still managed to make it to the finals.
Rowers Kayla Pratt and Olivia Stone won silver medals in the under-17 double sculls and then later in the day rowed with Anna De- long, Nicole Hook and cox Sarah Anderson to win silver in the under17 quadruple sculls.
Sarah says the group are thrilled with their achievement.
“We are stoked, it’s absolutely amazing.”
The group credits a new boat and oars, sports medicine assessment and lots of training for their achievement.
“Crossing the finish line is just the best feeling in the world,” says Nicole. “Winning is very motivating but we also feel lost without rowing.”
The girls plan to continue their rowing after they leave school.
“You get so fit doing it and make such good friends,” says Olivia. “And there’s nothing quite like a lovely morning out on the water.”
Row on: Epsom Girls Grammar rowers, from left: Nicole Hook, Sarah Anderson, Anna DeLong and Olivia Stone won silver medals at the Maadi Cup.