Silver medal for Horan
Wanaka Rowing Club sent 13 junior rowers to the South Island Championships at Lake Ruataniwha last weekend, with Rata Horan coming away with a silver medal.
The rowers, all students at Mount Aspiring College, were entered in 12 events.
Coach Rob Bruce said water conditions were perfect, but a new race programme with a variety of classes close together made racing in the extreme heat a challenge for some of the younger rowers.
The star of the weekend was 15-year-old Rata Horan (pictured below), who won silver in the girls Under 16 single sculls. Rata had the fastest qualifying time in the heat and led all the way in the final, but was pipped at the finish line.
Rata joined forces with Peta McKay (the top Under 17 sculler) in the Club Double. A steering problem with the boat contributed to them just missing qualification to the A Final.
They won the B Final, with fellow teammates Maggie Stiven and Greer Porter coming second. Jordan Fox and Estelle Norman (15) raced in the Club doubles, missing the finals.
Rata, Peta, Maggie and Greer qualified for the A Final of the Under-19 quadruple sculls coxed by Patrick Hartley, finishing eighth.
Peta, Greer and Jordan all raced in the Club single. Peta was third in her heat, qualifying for the A Final where she finished fifth. Greer qualified for the B final, where she placed fourth and Jordan performed well in the heat, but was a little off the pace.
Sam Pearce raced well in the Boys Under-19 single sculls, qualifying second for the final. He just missed out on the medals in the final, coming fourth.
The under-16 Squad of Estelle Norman, Sophie Fenn, Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth, Quinn Curtis, Owen Lea (all 15) and Maddie Frazer (14) plus coxswain Patrick Hartley (15) also had some good results.
Quinn Curtis and Owen Lea had credible races in the Under-16 singles, with Quinn qualifying for the B Final where he placed fifth.
Sophie Hodgkiss-Blyth (novice) and Maddie Fraser (15) teamed up in the girls' intermediate doubles, having to race to the start due to waiting for a boat. They finished the race and literally jumped out of their double and into the Under-16 Quad with Estelle Norman and Sophie Fenn in a very quick change-over, qualifying for the B final.
Estelle and Sophie also raced the under-16 single, with Estelle qualifying for the A final and Sophie the B final.
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