SHGC Rowing took a squad of 18 girls to the NZ Secondary Schools Rowing Championships (Maadi Cup) last week at Lake Karapiro. All girls learnt lots throughout the week, including that not only are there more crews to compete with but the intensity of the races goes up another level.

The SHGC novice coxed quad (Kate Mcquilkin, Rosa Dickey, Erin Tickelpenny, Paris Staheli and Annika Mills) finished the week of with a 5th place in the D final, an overall placing of 29th out of 48 entrants.

The small team of U17’s rowed themselves to 1st place in the B Final of the U17 Coxed Four (Louise Goodwin, Quinn Tierney, Sinead Cooper, Brooke Pitchford and Madeline Stephens).
An outstanding effort was produced from Louise Goodwin in the U17 Single Sculls after only 15 times in the single Louise placed 7th in the A Final, The U17 single had the most entries with 69 entries.

The U16 coxed quad (Kate Missen, Holly Watson, Penelope Roberts, Savannah Freeman and Emma Ritchie) placed 7th in the B final.

U16 Coxed Eight (Paris Staheli, Savannah Freeman, Sinead Cooper, Brooke Pitchford, Kyla Turner, Kate Missen, Holly Watson, Ashlie Turner and Annika Mills) took out the win in the B Final with 2nd place nearly 10 seconds behind them.

The final race for SHGC was the A final for the Girls U16 Coxed Four (Sinead Cooper, Brooke Pitchford, Holly Watson, Ashlie Turner and Emma Ritchie) who at the half way mark looked out of the picture. A huge determination and will power over the second half of the race saw the girls pull them selves into SILVER position, 2nd in New Zealand!

Congratulations to Brooke Pitchford who has gained a trial for the North Island U18 team.

U16 Coxed Four Silver (Photo Norrie Mailer, Light & Motion Photography)
Louise Goodwin, U17 Single (Photo Norrie Mailer, Light & Motion Photography)
Quinn Tierney and Sinead Cooper with Flags (Photo Mel Pitchford)