OBHS Rowing Maadi Cup - Lake Ruataniwha

By G Roydhouse | Posted: Tuesday April 12, 2016

Friday 1st April the Rowing squad headed up to Twizel to stay in their luxury training accommodation in the camping ground with Kates Kitchen.

Sunday saw the big parade to open the largest school sporting competition in the country with over 2,100 competitors from 119 schools. Monday races started with qualifying heats culminating in finals Friday and Saturday.

Squads/results:

U17 Four - Todd Bezett, Olly Higgins, William Sinclair, Jayden Henderson. Cox Tate Drummond

A Final and 6th in NZ!

U17 Eight - Crew as above plus Tobias Gruber, Anton Schroder, Jack Holland-Spinks. Cox Luke Hurdle

A Final and 8th in NZ!

U18 Pair – Aaron Roydhouse, Ben Sinnamon

B final first and 8th in NZ!

U15 Coxed Four – Jack Holland-Spinks, Michael Manson, Harry Hansen, Thomas Ryan. Cox Harry Brensell

B Final 3rd (11th in NZ)

U18 Double Sculls - Aaron Roydhouse, Ben Sinnamon

C Final 3rd (19th in NZ)

Other squad members: Ben Masterton, Angus Hewett, James Dennison, Jayden Bell, Jack Webber, Sam Henderson. Our coach Royce Wilson, who has put much time into the program this year was rewarded with being able to share success in what is a very strong competition. Our thanks to him!

After the competition it was announced William Sinclair was awarded a South Island Trial. Well done!

Special thanks to Nathan Dickson assisting from the school and the many parents who negotiated long days keeping a great supply of food, both in the camp and down at the marquee lakeside.

Also, a special thank you to the past parents (including Hamish Bond’s Mum!) who assisted the school hosting the “Maadi Shindig” (after event alcohol free social).

Our Rector, Mr Richard Hall attended Wednesday, Thursday and again Saturday, to share this special occasion with parents and pupils.

A great spectacle for all to share with thousands of people, cameras on the racing and big screen close by. A big stage to showcase our school in a very positive manner!