Two in a row for the EGGS team

Central Leader - - Sport - By Lisa Sloan

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.”

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Row on: Ep­som Girls Gram­mar row­ers, from left: Ni­cole Hook, Sarah An­der­son, Anna DeLong and Olivia Stone won sil­ver medals at the Maadi Cup.

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