Waipā rowers won six golds at last weekend’s North island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships in glorious weather on Lake Karāpiro.
St Peters, Te Awamutu College and Cambridge High featured in more than 70 races over three days as rowers were tested for the last time in competition before the Maadi Cup.
That regatta over three days starts at Karāpiro on March 31.
Last weekend’s regatta attracted more than 1800 rowers from 79 schools.
St Peter’s fielded crews across all age groups and reached 17 A, four B and five C finals.
Its highlight was the boys U17 double sculls where two school crews took the podium. Harrison McClintock and Valentin Barrio-Frojan won gold and Josh Yeoman and Khaidar Tuikin bronze.
They then teamed up for the U17 coxed quad sculls and won gold. Harrison made it a triple when he won Bronze in the U17 single.
Finn Scragg won the boys U16 single sculls. The girls U16 coxed quad sculls (Olivia Henry, Zara O’Leary, Maia Suttie, Brooke Weir and cox Skyla Gillbanks) celebrated silver and the girls U16 coxed four (Olivia Henry, Molly McClintock, Maia Suttie, Sophie Hunter and Skyla Gillbanks) bronze.
The girls from the U16 coxed four then teamed up with Peyton Barnard, Genie Tuck, Maia Calcinai and Brooke Weir to row a superb race to win silver in the girls U16 coxed eight. Sophie and Molly then won bronze in the girls U15 double.
The boys U15 coxed quad sculls crew of Jack Calcinai, Angus Denize, Cameron Moores and Leo O’Reilly with coxswain Leon Lee took the bronze medal in their A final.
Cambridge High celebrated gold in the girls under 17 quad sculls, under 17 single sculls and under-17 double sculls.
The quad comprised Isabelle Murray, Libby Tonks, Tegan O’Dwyer, Lucy Eastwood and cox Jack Charlton. O’Dwyer won the single and Murray and Eastwood the double sculls.
Cambridge also finished third in the girls Under 16 coxed eight – the team comprised Makena Rodger, Elise Pickford, Keeley Rodger, Millie Balsom, Kendal Muir, Mackenzie Lawton, Charlotte Wilson, Annaliese Jenner and cox Mandy Peacocke.