Maadi Cup glory for DHS team
A Dunstan High School rowing team has blasted the competition out of the water in winning in style at the Maadi Cup.
The girls under-15 rowing eight smashed their opposition by two boat lengths in the A-final at Lake Karapiro last week to record Central Otago and Queenstown’s only medal in the biggest and most prestigious rowing meet.
Coach Simon Smith was ‘‘absolutely rapt’’ and couldn’t have been more proud of his charges.
‘‘It’s fantastic. It’s fantastic for the school and the kids.
‘‘They [the girls] are over the moon.’’
The winning team of 14-yearolds Sky Morton, Kate Hanning and Abbie Harrison along with 13-year-olds Meg Creagh, McKenzie Ealson, Hanna Scarlet, Paige Furrie, Harriet Scherp and Sophie Williamson (cox) were ‘‘very dominant in the heats’’ and beat the best North Island team from Tauranga Girls by about seven seconds in the final.
‘‘I knew they were capable of it but I was more worried about things that could go wrong,’’ Smith said.
‘‘Nothing sort of got in the way of the performance.’’
The eight also won gold at the South Island Secondary Schools’ Championships at Lake Ruataniwha last month.
In all Dunstan High School rowing teams made four A-finals, two B-finals and two C-finals while Jas McIntosh was selected to trial for the South Island under18 team to row against the North Island later this year. Wakatipu’s Bella Jolly and Sophie Thompson will also trial.
Former Arrowtown pupil Bradley Leydon, who attends John McGlashan College, has been selected to trial for the New Zealand junior team.
As for the under-15 winning team, five of the girls would be back to race again next year which was a ‘‘huge advantage’’.
Wakatipu High School’s 30-strong team also competed well, making six A-finals across the week with the best finish coming from Ben Mason who was fifth in the boys under-16 single sculls.
The smaller Mt Aspiring College and Cromwell College teams competed well and made several B-finals.
The Maadi Cup is the biggest schools’ regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over 2000 of New Zealand’s best young rowers and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of secondary schools’ rowing.
DHS coach Simon Smith, left, with assistant coach Hamish Morton and the winning team.