Rowers strike gold
Schools shine on the lake
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.
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.