Older row­ers pull their weight at Lake Ro­toroa re­gatta

Whanganui Chronicle - - Sport/racing - Peter Irvine

AF­TER all the ex­cite­ment of the Maadi Cup re­gatta, the New Zealand ju­nior tri­als and the in­ter­is­land un­der-18 con­test, it was the turn of the older gen­er­a­tion to take cen­tre stage this week.

Row­ers from 22 clubs gath­ered at Lake Ro­toroa in Hamil­ton to take part in the Banklink Le­gion Mas­ters Re­gatta.

Aramoho Wan­ganui and Union Boat Clubs sent crews and they re­turned home with nu­mer­ous gold medals, which eluded our younger row­ers a few weeks back.

Aramoho Wan­ganui had crews rac­ing in 20 events and brought home 10 gold medals.

Their most suc­cess­ful rower had to be Trevor Rush who raced six times and snagged six golds. Crews race in age group events and Trevor is an F-grade rower.

He won three of his medals in F-grade events: the sin­gle, the dou­ble with Garth Ham­mond and the quadru­ple scull with Ham­mond, Tony Upchurch and Mur­ray Carey.

He also won an­other gold in the E-grade eight, which means there were a few younger men in the crew.

Fi­nally, with the help of his daugh­ters Stephanie and Jacs, he was suc­cess­ful in the mixed dou­bles and quadru­ple sculls with some help from John Ver­stap­pen.

Other mul­ti­ple medal win­ners in­clude Garth Ham­mond, who picked up four golds and also found time to go over to Kara­piro to catch up with the progress of the train­ing of the NZ men’s eight stroked by his son, Ben.

Un­for­tu­nately train­ing has been ham­pered by in­juries and the eight is called upon to fill gaps in the smaller boats when this oc­curs.

Back at Hamil­ton and the Mas­ters re­gatta, the Union Boat Club picked up their share of the medals with three crews bring­ing home gold.

Don Gor­don and John Palmer re­lived their glory days from the Cham­pion Union eights in the early 1960s with a win in the H-grade dou­ble sculls.

They then teamed up with John Glenn and Ken Howie to win the G-grade quadru­ple sculls.

A younger com­bi­na­tion of Des Healey, Frank Rawl­in­son, Brett Wat­son and Pat Car­roll won the D-grade quadru­ple scull.

I got some re­flected glory with my son, Sam, who stroked a win­ning Col­le­giate School Maadi Cup crew at Twizel back in 1985.

He got back in a boat this year af­ter some years of run­ning and cy­cling and came away with three gold medals, in­clud­ing a win in the open eights in a pretty use­ful Auck­land Row­ing Club com­bi­na­tion led by for­mer in­ter­na­tional Mur­doch Dry­den.

Dry­den rowed in the coxed four at the World Cham­pi­onships in 1994 and 1995, where he won a sil­ver medal.

His fa­ther, Alastair, rowed in the eight at the Tokyo and Mex­ico Olympics back in the 1960s.

The lo­cal win­ter long dis­tance se­ries of races be­gins this com­ing Sun­day.

The crews will be rac­ing over a 5km course start­ing at 9am from the Aramoho 2000m fin­ish line, rac­ing up­stream to turn off Ste­wart Street and then back to the fin­ish off the Na­tional Li­brary Cen­tre.

No doubt there will be a good en­try from the old brigade but it is to be hoped that our younger row­ers will be out in force with an aim to put to­gether a worth­while win­ter pro­gramme in prepa­ra­tion for an as­sault next March at the Maadi Cup Re­gatta down south at Twizel.


OARSOME DUO: Dad Trevor Rush and daugh­ter Stephanie row to yet more hon­ours.

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