Dio eyes up row­ing gold

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A sense of ex­pec­ta­tion will greet Auck­land’s Dioce­san School for Girls when they travel to Lake Kara­piro for the 2017 Maadi Cup row­ing re­gatta next week.

Dio’s un­der 18 girls eight are the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pi­ons and if their re­cent form is any­thing to go by, all eyes will be fixed on them as the team to beat.

They re­turned from the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools Row­ing Cham­pi­onships last week­end with their third con­sec­u­tive North Is­land gold.

For head row­ing coach Rachel Wil­liams, the school’s over­all per­for­mance at the re­cent re­gatta is a tes­ta­ment to where the club has come in the last four years.

‘‘Over­all we made 17 A-fi­nals, which is the most in that com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘The squad raced re­ally well and it’s what we push a lot at Dio row­ing. We talk a lot about the whole club push­ing for the same suc­cess.’’

Wil­liams didn’t want her girls to get com­pla­cent, how­ever, and said that win­ning the na­tional ti­tle at the Maadi Cup was by no means a cer­tainty.

‘‘It’s the big­gest girls race at school row­ing in New Zealand. There’s some very good row­ing pedi­gree down in Christchurch and we’re ex­pect­ing some fast eights to come out of there.’’

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Dio’s un­der 18 eight row­ing crew won their third con­sec­u­tive gold at the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools Cham­pi­onships.

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