Article by Juliet McKinlay, Year 6
"I arrived on Thursday night in time for an early start on Friday morning to watch the Maadi Cup regatta finals. There was a record of 131 schools attending from across New Zealand and 2166 athletes competing throughout the week, hoping to make finals on Friday and Saturday.
Three Carncot old girls, Charlotte McKinlay (Year 13), Alyana du Fresne (Year 11) and Emily McKinlay (Year 10) were part of the Whanganui Collegiate squad of 28 rowers. This included 3 coxes, 9 junior Under 15 girls, 7 senior boys and 9 senior girls.
Rowers face backwards during the race so the cox helps steer the boat, encourages the rowers and gives them directions on when to start their sprints as well as telling them where they are in comparison to all the other boats in their race. Rowers can be in the boat by themselves or part of a crew of 2,4 or 8 people and can have one or two oars each. Boats with one or two people don’t have a cox.
The Under 15 girls crew, which my sister Emily is part of, made it into two A finals, placing 5th in the Under 15 octuple sculls final and 8th in the Under 15 eight final.
My older sister Charlotte and Oliver’s older sister Alyana, were part of the senior squad. They placed 6th in the Under 17 four final and 5th in the Under 18 eight final. Charlotte also placed 4th in the U17 Quad sculls final, just missing out on a bronze medal by 0.06 of a second!
After the regatta, Charlotte and Alyana were very pleased to be selected to trial for the North Island U18 girls rowing team."