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