Maadi under covid conditions was always going to be tough.
The week started out stressful with both coaches being taken out due to illness, leaving Mark Smith and Fynn Alison, the two senior rowers, to step up. Throughout the week we made it through the progression getting us closer and closer to the end goals and allowing us to hopefully walk away with some silverware for our efforts from the season, making all those early mornings worth it. Finals Friday started off well with the head coach back in the boat park and the U16 quad placing 5th in the A final. Moving on to lunchtime the U18 quad of Mark, Fynn, Matt and Ollie pulled off a blinder earning bronze in their final. An amazing achievement that lifted everyone's spirits and gave our camp a real buzz. The Saturday brought the fog and then another good day with more good results and fun had on the bank. Matt and Ollie won Silver in the U16 Double and Fynn and Mark where 3rd in the U18 Double. Angus Loe rowed an amazing race in the U16 single staying in touch with the top three with only a few 100m's to go finishing a very commendable 6th. In total John McGlashan rowed away with two bronze medals, one silver and finishing 16th best sculling school out of 95. It was a good achievement for them and a nice reward for their efforts all season. Mark Smith was invited to trial for the NZ U19 squad and Matt O'Meara for the U16 South Island squad. Thankyou to all the dedicated parent help over the season and our committed coaches Dylan Davis and Lauren Gibb for all the long early hours that you have invested into our rowing boys.
Photos Sharron Bennett Photography