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Middle Front Rower Alex McKeever
Photo by Sharron Bennett Photography

King's Rowing

Wayne McMillan —

With the season now over the young men can look back on it with a sense of pride, pride in the progress made, the gains on and off the water, and pride in their individual accomplishments. 

Although we had a small team this year and faced challenges a plenty, the squad rose to the challenge and put their best foot forward. Charlie Melville, Alex McKeever and Rayne McKenzie represented the school with honour and dignity as they battled against schools with more developed Rowing programmes. The squad was bolstered by the Novice Rowers Shaun Thomson, Xavier Masaki and Elijah Trounson who, although not competing at regattas, trained like demons and helped develop the culture of King’s Rowing. Thank you, men, you have done the school and yourselves proud.

Rowing — Image by: Wayne McMillan

Without parent support these things never really get off the ground, we are so lucky at King’s to have parents that invest a lot of time, energy, and money into their son’s sport. A massive thank you must go to all the parents, especially those who attended regattas, had breakfast ready after trainings, organised accommodation; the list goes on and we can never really say thank you enough. 

The backbone of this effort has been Ann Melville, without her leadership the Rowing would never have happened. Our Coach Dave Hanan, you are an inspiration to us all, your dedication, perseverance, Rowing knowledge and your positive attitude have made the young men of King’s Rowing better people, thank you for all you have done this season.

With all that said, King's High School is now recruiting for the 2023-24 Rowing season, we love getting new rowers out on the water and into a supportive and dynamic team environment. Through Rowing you will forge lifelong friendships, not only with your school mates but those who you compete against. Once you sit in the boat and begin to realise your potential, your fitness, focus and discipline will develop beyond what you thought you were capable of.

We row out of the North End Rowing Club, located at 54 Magnet Street, with regattas at Twizel and Cromwell as well as on Dunedin Harbour. North End Rowing Club are an incredible club that has supported King's Rowing for several years. This support has now developed into the club providing club coaches for our young men allowing them the opportunity to develop their Rowing to the highest level. With opportunities to compete at local, regional, South Island and National Rowing regattas, why wouldn’t you give it a go.

We will be running winter training both on and off the water, if you are interested please see Mr McMillan or email wm@kingshigh.school.nz for more information.