Central Otago rowers win 33 medals at Masters
Central Otago rowers ‘‘exceeded expectations’’ after paddling away with 33 medals, including 19 golds, at the recent World Masters Games.
A combination of rowers from the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club and the Cromwell Rowing Club are ‘‘over the moon’’ at their suc- cess at Lake Karapiro a fortnight ago, rower Simon Smith said.
Smith came away with seven gold medals in age group A and B single sculls, double sculls, men’s quad, mixed double sculls and mixed quad.
He teamed up with Natalie Wilson in the mixed events.
Wilson also joined Maude O’Connell and Rebecca Kingan to win gold in the women’s B coxless four and silver in the women’s B quad.
Kingan then won gold in the women’s A pair and secured silver in the mixed B double sculls with Julian Geluk and bronze in the mixed B quad.
O’Connell added three more golds including in the E grade coxed four with Wayne Gloag in the mixed E double and in the mixed F-G double with Jeffrey Steel.
Gloag, Steel and Dunstan’s Quentin Annan also won a selection of other medals.
The focus for the team now turns to the South Island Masters regatta to be held on Lake Waihola at Queen’s Birthday weekend.