Row­ers strike gold

Schools shine on the lake

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Cen­tral Otago high school row­ers re­turned from the weekend’s South Is­land champs with five gold medals. Wanaka rower Ri­ley Bruce was one of the stars col­lect­ing gold medals in the un­der-17 sin­gle sculls, men’s club sin­gle and in the dou­ble sculls with Nathan Redai. Redai also col­lected a sil­ver in the un­der-16 sin­gle sculls. Bruce is only 15 and will this year be de­fend­ing his un­der-16 na­tional sin­gle cham­pi­onship ti­tle. Wakatipu’s win­ning cox­less four of Latham Jones, Reid Long, Willem van der Kaag, Chris John­son and coxswain Henry Mathews fol­lowed up on last year’s na­tional suc­cess with a win in the men’s club coxed four and sec­ond in the men’s open cox­less four. The Wakatipu boys un­der-17 duo of Ja­cob Flana­gan and Dy­lan O’Con­ner were first in the dou­ble sculls and sec­ond in the un­der-19 dou­ble sculls. The champs were held on Lake Ru­atani­wha at the weekend with more than 41 row­ing clubs, 1194 ath­letes and 1066 crews rac­ing. Wakatipu, Wanaka and Cromwell Row­ing Club sent squads. In other re­sults from the Wakatipu Club the men’s novice coxed four of Har­ri­son Long, Con­nor Kennedy, Rene Schae­fer, Louie Tatom-Cross and coxswain Oliver San­der­son were sec­ond while the women’s un­der-19 coxed quad sculls crew of Jac­qui Bell, Monique Lynes, Jor­dan Mur­phy, Ge­or­gia Bewley and coxswain Bella Martin were third. Third places were also gained by the men’s un­der-19 coxed quad sculls crew of James Ram­say, Hay­den Bewley, Daniel Hal­li­gan, Richard McLach­lan with Nick Fo­ley as coxswain and the men’s club coxed eight of James Ram­say, Dy­lan O’Con­ner, Hay­den Bewley, Ja­cob Flana­gan with coxswain Henry Mathews.

Photo: EACHANN BRUCE

Good as gold: Wanaka row­ers Nathan Redai and Ri­ley Bruce won the men's un­der-17 dou­ble sculls with Nathan Redai at the South Is­land Row­ing Champs at the weekend.

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