Rowing success at South Island Championship for John McGlashan Rowing.

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Rowing at John McGlashan College continues to grow in 2017 with a set of fantastic results at the recent regatta in Twizel. Mitchell Parks takes a look at the event in more detail.

South Island Club

Championships ends with it being  McGlashan’s most successful ever
South Island Club Championships ends with it being  McGlashan’s most successful ever

Over the summer break, the McGlashan rowing squad was far from on holiday. The main event over the summer was a week long training camp towards the end of January for the entire squad. This started with three days rowing on what ended up being a flooded Taieri River basing out of Henly. After some hard on and off water sessions here the team spent a night in Dunedin before heading up to Twizel for the remainder of the week. Two days of physical work culminated in a regatta for the weekend, this being the South Island Club Championships. This regatta ended up being McGlashan’s most successful ever at this event with a record number of boys making finals and also winning medals, with huge congratulations to the following crews:

· Gold in the U15 double – Will Turner and Will Edwards

· Gold in the U15 Quad – Will Turner, Will Edwards, Bailey Dowling and Angus Kenny

· Gold in the U16 Double – Jack Mclaughlan and Alex Byars

· Gold in the U17 Quad – Josh Smith, Thomas Benny, Max Gomez and Ben Macdonald

· Silver in the U21 single – Bradley Leydon

· Bronze in the U16 Quad – Jack Mclaughlan, Alex Byars, Jez Nicholson-Kelly and Nic Chamberlian

Since returning to school, the squad has been out on the harbour in the early mornings throughout the week making the most of all the days left counting down to the major regattas of the season, reaching the pinnacle of the Maadi Cup at Lake Karapiro at the end of March. At the time of this being written a group of 12 are currently at the national club championships in Twizel for a week competing against the top club rowers from around the country, a great experience for these lads.

The squad is continuing to give it their all and will hopefully be gaining their desired results towards the business end of the season.