Nine Maadi medals for Waipā

They rowed in 16 A finals, 23 B finals and one D final – and came home to Waipā with nine medals – three gold, three silver and three bronze from the national secondary school rowing championships.

The Maadi Cup regatta was staged last week in glorious conditions on Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel, and Te Awamutu College, Cambridge High and St Peters School were represented at the country’s biggest secondary schools’ event.

Gold medals were won by Cambridge High’s under-15 girls coxed four – Stella Hohneck (stroke), Felicity George, Olive MacDonald, Sienna Ropiha and cox Jack Charlton, St Peters boys under 15 double sculls – Jack Calcinai and Jakob Kampenhout and their under-17 double sculls combination of Molly McClintock and Peyton Barnard.

Te Awamutu rowers Asarina Johnson (left) and Casey Lee Baker relax on the pontoon after a training session at Lake Ngā Roto. Photo – Alya Mexted.

Te Awamutu sent two rowers to Twizel and Asarina Johnson and Casey Lee Baker came home as winner of the D final of the girls’ under-18 double sculls.

There were several multiple medal winners – including Cambridge High’s Tegan O’Dwyer, a past gold medal winner at Maadi who  picked up a pair of bronze medals, and from St Peters, Charlise Davison, cox Darcie Granwal and Olivia Henry.

Tegan O’Dwyer (Cambridge High School). Photo: Picture Show Ltd

St Peters’ Molly McClintock and Peyton Barnard both came home with a full set – a gold, a silver and a bronze.

The 2024 Maadi was also a successful one for Waikato – as Hamilton Boys High won the boys Under-18 final and also picked up the Star Trophy which goes to the most successful school at the regatta.

Hamilton Boys High School winning Maadi Cup crew. Photo: Picture Show Ltd.

GU15 Coxed octuple sculls: 1st – Cashmere High School, 2nd St Peter’s School (Shakayla Davison (stroke), Isabella Shuker, Meg Cannon, Neve Watkins, Molly Scott, Tara Peterson, Keiley Bennett, Zoe Verhoeven + Darcie Granwal – cox), 3rd Baradene College.

GU17 8+: 1st – St. Margarets College, 2nd – Rangi Ruru Girls, 3rd – St. Peters School (Charlise Davison (stroke), Maia Calcinai, Peyton Barnard, Molly McClintock, Kellee Cryer, Sophie Hunter, Olivia Henry, Brooke Weir + Letizia Hay – cox)

GU15 coxed fours – 1st Cambridge High School (Stella Hohneck (stroke), Felicity George, Olive MacDonald, Sienna Ropiha + Jack Charlton (cox), 2nd Gisborne Girls High School, 3rd Samuel Marsden Collegiate School.

BU15 double sculls: 1st – St Peter’s School (Jack Calcinai (stroke), Jakob Kampenhout), 2nd Dunstan High School, 3rd Whanganui High School.

GU17 2x: 1st – St. Peters School (Milly McClintock and Peyton Barnard), 2nd – St. Pauls Collegiate, 3rd – Marion College

GU17 Coxed quad sculls – 1st Cashmere HS, St Peter’s School (Charlise Davison (stroke), Molly McClintock, Peyton Barnard, Olivia Henry + Darcie Granwal – cox), 3rd – Twizel Area School

GU17 coxed eight B Final – 1st St Margaret’s College, 2nd Rangi Ruru Girls School, 3rd St Peter’s School Charlise Davison (stroke), Maia Calcinai, Peyton Barnard, Molly McClintock, Kellee Cryer, Sophie Hunter, Olivia Henry, Brooke Weir + Letizia Hay – cox)

GU18 single sculls – 1st Wellington Girls College, 2nd Ashburton College, 3rd – Cambridge High School (Tegan O’Dwyer).

GU18 double sculls – 1st Wellington Girls College, 2nd Ashburton College, 3rd Cambridge High School (Tegan O’Dwyer (stroke), Lauren Wood).

GNU18 4+: 1st – St. Margarets College, 2nd – Cambridge High (Olive MacDonald (stroke), Felicity George, Lily Cameron, Sienna Ropiha + Jack Charlton – cox), 3rd – Waitaki Girls High

The schools sitting on top of the points tables for the 2024 Aon Maadi Regatta were:

  • Star Trophy (for overall champion rowing): 1st – Hamilton Boys High School (29), 2nd – Rangi Ruru Girls School (27), 3rd – St. Margarets College (24)
  • Executive Trophy (for champion sweep oar rowing): 1st – Rangi Ruru Girls School (27), 2nd (equal) – St. Margarets College and Hamilton Boys High School
  • Presidents Scull (for champion sculls rowing): 1st (equal) – Wakatipu High School and Cashmere College (20), 3rd – Whanganui High School (19)


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