08 Sep 2016

Thursday 08 September 2016

Oliver Maclean (Year 13, Selwyn) has made a mark at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

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Oliver Maclean and his team were in the New Zealand Junior Quad Scull crew, and with 25 teams from all over the world, it was a hotly contested event.

Coming in second place in the semi-finals, Maclean and his team was the second fastest qualifier for the final.

With the wind and cold extremes against him in the finals, his team did tremendously well to come in fifth place overall.

Vikki Maclean, Oliver’s mother, says she is humbled by the commitment and dedication Oliver shows to his sport.

“We have also been utterly amazed by the support shown by friends, the school community and further afield for him and his crew,” says Vikki.

Oliver has represented his country and school well and he couldn’t be more proud with the outcome.

“We achieved our goal of making an A final on the world stage, and I am very happy with what I have achieved in my sport.”

“It was great to get an insight into what it is like to be an athlete immersing oneself in the disciplined training and learning more about rowing,” says Oliver.

Oliver will also be training with Regional Performance Centre (RPC) to develop his skills even further.