Rowers in good form at regatta


Ashburton College rowers produced some good performances at the Canterbury Championships held at the weekend at Lake Ruataniwha.

The club regatta drew 1200 competitors and was held in hot conditions.

Zane Cameron and Matthew Pearce rowed to fourth place in the men’s double sculls final, finishing the 2km race in a good time of 7m:17.76s. The pair was just over three seconds behind the second place boat.

Cameron went on to qualify for the A final of the men’s club single sculls, where he finished ninth and Pearce won the B final ahead of club mate Ged Wall, who was fourth.

Isabel Wall teamed up with her mother Charlotte Cox to finish third in the women’s intermediate double sculls final, ahead of Sophie Gibson and Honor Bradford, who finished fifth.

The women’s intermediate coxed four boat of Ruby Leverton, Isla Connelly-Whyte, Sophie Gibson, Laura Jensen and coxon Chloe Braas was fourth in the A final, bettering their heat time by 12 seconds.

Other A finalists included the men’s novice coxed four boat of Ashton Brook, Jordy McGillen, Travis Amos, Charlie Howden and coxon Lily Davidson, which finished fifth, the girl’s U16 coxed quad sculls boat of Isabel Wall, Isla Connelly-Whyte, Sophie Gibson, Sienna Skilling and coxon Lily Davidson that finished sixth, and the girl’s U16 double sculls boats of Isabel Wall and Honor Bradford (eighth) and Sophie Gibson and Sienna Skilling (ninth).

The next regatta for college rowers is the South Island Rowing Championships on January 29 and 30 at Lake Ruataniwha.