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Amy, Grace & Keely lining up for their race (second boat in)
 

National Rowing Champs

Barb Tasker —

Five KHS students took part in the 2021 Rocket Foods NZ National Rowing Champs.

Despite a lockdown, adverse weather, postponements and cancellations due to Covid-19 affecting regattas throughout New Zealand, the rowing team from Kaiapoi High managed some pretty impressive results this season.

The final event for the current season for our girls was the Rocket Foods NZ National Rowing Champs, from 18th-20th February. Covid-19 again caused havoc, as the National Champs had to be shortened due to a change in the alert level.

The team from Kaiapoi who row under the Cure Boating Club banner are; Alyssa McCartin, Amy Reddish, Beth Dunbar, Grace Cameron, and Keely Tasker. The girls are coached by Armin Svoboda and Alex Kennedy (a former Olympic Rower). The team made several finals and are a real credit to Kaiapoi High School.

The National Champs are a tough event and competition amongst the crews is fierce, so the results for our rowers were impressive.

Alyssa and Beth placed 2nd in their heat in the Intermediate Double and made a B final. They were also part of the Women’s Intermediate Coxed Four which placed fourth in the heat and came 5th in the A final. Alyssa and Beth also rowed in the Women’s Intermediate Coxed Quad where they placed 3rd in their heat, 1st in the Repechage, and placed 5th in the A final.

Amy, Grace, and Keely rowed in a Women’s Intermediate Coxed Quad and made a B final. They also rowed as part of the Women’s Intermediate Coxed four and Keely also rowed in a double.

Alyssa, Amy, Beth, Grace, and Keely made an A final in the Women’s Intermediate Coxed 8, where they placed fourth overall.

Well done to all the girls on what proved to be a difficult season for rowing. We look forward to more settled times ahead and more great results.