Sil­ver for Porirua


A Porirua Row­ing Club crew have gone from the back of the repechage field as novices to a sil­ver medal, break­ing the club’s medal drought in the process.

The club women’s coxed four of Stella Parker, Breah McKay, Anna MacQuar­rie, Olivia Tay­lor and coxswain Ni­cole Tay­lor claimed sil­ver at the na­tional row­ing cham­pi­onships in Twizel ear­lier this month.

They be­came Porirua’s first crew to medal at na­tion­als since Ivana Gi­a­con took two medals in 2014.

Three of the crew are from Kapiti - Parker and McKay are both at Kapiti Col­lege, and Ni­cole Tay­lor at­tends Para­pa­raumu Col­lege.

All apart from Ni­cole Tay­lor rowed in crews which fin­ished well back in their repechage fields as novices in 2014.

‘‘We’ve worked so hard over four sea­sons, and we’ve really upped it this sea­son,’’ Parker said.

‘‘We were al­ways work­ing to­wards get­ting older and get­ting stronger.’’

The change this year had been in a 90-minute Thurs­day morn­ing train­ing ses­sion, start­ing at 6am, to go with a com­bined 11 hours of af­ter­noon train­ings, Parker said.

‘‘It gives you the edge I think, not phys­i­cally but men­tally.

‘‘You know you have to get up at 5:20am and work out.’’

The crew’s fi­nal time, 7:39.93, was about six sec­onds be­hind the win­ning crew from North Shore.

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