• Empowering the girls to strive for excellence
  • Working with them to develop a supportive but challenging environment
  • Providing quality coaching, which maximises the potential of each girl, and progressively moulds that potential into competitive, winning crews

Since its inception in 2002, Sacred Heart Girls College Rowing has been highly successful on the national stage, consistently ranking among the top ten rowing schools in NZ and achieving as high as second overall in 2005.

Rowing 2017
View the 2016/2017 Rowing Handbook
Teacher in ChargeMegan Eshuis
Coaches Duncan Grant (Head Coach)
Kaitlyn Shields
New Rowers/


Our Learn To Row Programme is run every year in Terms 2 and 3.  This is a 6 week programme for new rowers/coxswains to get a chance to try the sport and see if rowing is for them.
Rowing Season The rowing season operates from September to April, including during the school holidays.  There may be optional training sessions available during the off season, depending on availability of coaches and rowers.
Fees Fees apply for the Learn to Row for new rowers/coxswains, to cover costs of coach boat use.

Parents are advised of the annual fee at a meeting prior to the season commencing (August/September).

Additional costs incurred during the season for attendance and transport to camps, plus the cost of attending Maadi if selected.  These costs are paid at the time.

Uniforms Refer to the SHGC Rowing booklet.   The costs of the uniform are not included in the fees and are required to be purchased. There may be the opportunity to purchase second hand uniform items at the beginning of the season.
Training VenuesOn water training is from the Hamilton Rowing Club within short walking distance to the school. Land based training is in the SHGC Gym.
Practices A training timetable is issued by the Head Coach at the start of each month and varies slightly throughout the season.

Trainings vary between on water and land based.  Training sessions are generally mornings and afternoons 4-5 days per week starting at 5.45 am and 3.30pm respectively.  There are also Saturday morning training sessions 7.30 am to 12 noon.

Land based training includes strength and conditioning, circuit training and ergs.

Regattas Regattas attended by the squad are generally held at Lake Karapiro between November and March. The regattas are advised at the beginning of each season and are compulsory.

Maadi Cup, which is the National Secondary Schools competition requires selection, and is held alternate years between Karapiro and Twizel in the South Island. It is usually held March/April each year.

Camps Throughout the rowing season, girls will attend camps which are held at the Rowing Camp in Mangakino.  There are generally four camps ie October, January, February and March.

Camps are timed to coincide with school holidays/long weekends with the exception of “Maadi Squad” camp which is timed 2 weeks prior to Maadi and is based on selection.

Camp attendance is compulsory.

Rowing Reps 2016

NZ U21 Team – Finau Mosa’ati Fosita and Claudia Mecchia
North Island U18 team – Danika Caton and Kaitlyn Shields

Past Rowing Reps

Finau Mosa’ati Fosita – 2015 NZ Junior Womens Coxless Four

Claudia Mecchia – 2015 North Island U18 team

Lacey Pearce – 2013 North Island U18 team

Ursula Staples – North Island U18 team

Jessica Ria – North Island U18 team

Bridgette van Heuven – North Island U18 team

Rachel Arbuckle – NZ Juniors 2005, current Coach Auckland Diocesan School for Girls, Coach NZ Juniors 2016

Liz Jerrat – NZ Juniors 2005

Kate Reymer – NZ Juniors, NZ U23

Anna Reymer – NZ U23, Elite Double (Olympics London, 2012)

Head Coach

Sacred Heart Rowing is pleased to introduce Duncan Grant as the Head Coach for this season.

Duncan has a wealth of experience in rowing and coaching. Duncan was a part of the New Zealand rowing team for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. He was world champion in the lightweight single scull in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  He has a Bachelor Degree in Electronic Commerce from the University of Waikato and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary).

Thank you to the following businesses for providing sponsorship for the SHGC Head Rowing Coach Vehicle

Nicholson United Autos have sponsored a Holden Colorado Z7 vehicle


Power and Earth have sponsored for the sign writing of the vehicle

QAS have sponsored for the Fuel card and Road User charges of the vehicle

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