05 Apr 2018

Thursday 05 April 2018

It was a successful result for King’s rowing last week, with the team coming away with one gold and one silver medal at the Maadi Cup National Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha.

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The College was represented by 13 athletes, all trained under Head of Rowing, Peter Jansen, who was proud of the efforts the team delivered.

“Over the week, the team performed credibly, reaching five A finals, two B finals and one C final,” says Peter. “All athletes went on to compete in a finals event.”

Off to a good start, the Boys Novice Under-18 quad placed sixth in their A final. Two athletes from this quad also teamed up to place fourth in their B final.

Also pleasing was the performance of the Girls Under-17 double. The girls reached an A final and then teamed up to win the B final of the Girls Under-18 Pair oar event. 

Over all though, it was the Senior Boys team who championed the day, wining gold in the Boys Under-18 coxed quad in spectacular fashion. After trailing behind a high-rating Hamilton Boys High School crew for much of the race, the King’s quad showed their class and patience with a withering burst of speed, overtaking the Hamilton crew in the last 250 meters of the race. Two of this crew then combined with two Under-17 athletes to win the silver medal, behind a polished Saint Peters College crew.

“This was a very successful event for King’s College and the medal count per athlete was among the highest of all schools competing,” says Peter.

Results include:

A Finals

Boys Under-18 quad sculls – Gold

Boys Under-17 quad sculls – Silver

Boys Under-18 double sculls – 5th

Boys Under-18 Novice double sculls – 6th

Girls Under-17 double sculls – 8th

B Finals

Boys Under-18 Novice double sculls – 4th

Girls Under-18 pair oar – 1st

C Finals

Boys Under-17 single sculls – 2nd