Rowing is open to all students from Year 9–13. No level of ability is required to begin, just enthusiasm. Students new to rowing must complete a ‘Learn to Row’ programme, which is offered in Term 1 and/or Term 3. The competitive season starts in September and runs until March.
Training takes place at Kerr’s Reach on the Avon River. Training camps occur at Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel and competitions are at Kerr’s Reach, Lake Hood, Lake Ruataniwha and Lake Karapiro.
Rowers begin with some small regattas, before progressing to four major regattas at Lake Ruataniwha. Maadi Cup, the national secondary schools rowing championship, is held in March in either Twizel at Lake Ruataniwha, or Cambridge at Lake Karapiro.
Our rowing programme is supported by top-level coaches, high quality boats, and an active parent committee, who assist with logistics and fundraises to help with costs. Competitive rowers are expected to train at least four times per week, which includes some gym work.
There are many benefits to being part of the rowing programme at St Andrew’s. Students can gain a high level of fitness, improve their time management skills, become more focused and self-reliant, and gain lifelong friendships.
With a combination of commitment, dedication and talent, they may even be highly competitive at national level. Some of our rowers have had the opportunity to be a part of a national rowing programme, and several of our Old Collegians are in the USA studying and rowing.
2017 was the most successful in the College’s rowing history, with our U18 eight crew winning the coveted Maadi Cup, the pinnacle of Secondary School rowing.
Our U18 coxed four won the Springbok Shield, the other glamour event at the regatta.
Overall, St Andrew’s rowers won two gold, four silver and two bronze medals at Maadi Cup, which was an outstanding achievement. St Andrew’s College also topped the points table to defend the Bell Trophy at the South Island Secondary Schools Championships.
Two of our Year 13 rowers, Thomas Russel and Benjamin Taylor, were selected to represent New Zealand at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Lithuania, where they won a silver medal in the Junior Men’s Four.
Co-ordinator: Mr Riley Gain – RGA@stac.school.nz