Rowing at Sacred Heart has become a favourite among our young sportswomen, and the sport rewards dedication and team spirit with lifelong characteristics.

This season we welcome our two lead coaches, Tony Burns and Rachel Brown, alongside a team of specialist trainers and volunteers. The team strives for excellence and works to support our rowers in what can often be a challenging environment. An outcome of quality coaching is the potential of each rower is maximised, progressively moulding that potential into competitive, winning crews. 

Full details are in our Rowing Booklet.

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New Rowers/Coxswains
Our Learn To Row Programme runs for six weeks every year in Term 3 and is open to Year 9 students for the Curriculum Enrichment class in Terms 1 & 3.

Rowing Season
The rowing season operates from September to April, including during the school holidays. There may be optional training sessions available during the offseason, depending on the availability of coaches and rowers.

On-water training is from the Hamilton Rowing Club within short walking distance to the school. Land-based training is in the school Gym. The Head Coach distributes a training timetable at the start of each month that varies slightly throughout the season.

Training varies between water and land-based. Training sessions are generally mornings and afternoons 4-5 days per week, starting at 5:45am and 3:20pm. There are also Saturday morning training sessions from 6:30am to 12:30pm. Land-based training includes strength and conditioning, circuit training, ergs and Yoga.

The squad attends Regattas often held at Lake Karapiro between September and March. Details of the regattas are advised at the beginning of each season and are compulsory.

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

Rowers will attend camps held at the Rowing Camp in Mangakino or an alternative at Lake Karapiro throughout the season. There are generally four camps – October, January, February and March, coinciding with school holidays or long weekends. Those selected for The Maadi Squad will go into Camp two weeks before the Cup. Attendance at Camp is compulsory.

Learn to Row for new rowers/coxswains approximately $50 to cover the costs of coach boat use. SHGC Rowing Fees for the 2021/22 season (Commencing Day 1, Term 4) – Overall Fee $2500, plus additional for gear and camps.

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