Eight masters rowers from the Blenheim Rowing Club (BRC) came home with a sackful of medals from the New Zealand Masters Championships at Lake Ruataniwha, near Twizel, last weekend.
BRC participants were Cynthia de Joux, Sarah Lissaman, Fiona McKay, Lindsay Fraser, Jeremy Best, Brian Parker, Mark Noble, Brian Hutchison and coach Kevin (Mouse) Taylor. Ages ranged from 34 to 81.
Each member of the Blenheim squad came away with a medal, a highly commendable result from one of the smallest clubs at the regatta. They contested 18 events, medalling in 14 and placing fourth in four. Overall the BRC contingent won six golds, four silvers and four bronze medals. Some members also medalled in crews from other clubs, winning another four golds.
Standout performances from BRC crews came from the women's quad (de Joux, McKay, Lissaman and Anna Olson) and four (de Joux, McKay, Lissaman, Karen Rickerby) who won both their races convincingly. De Joux took out the women's single against a very strong field while the mixed double of Noble and Lissaman, who had only one row together before the regatta, picked up bronze in a very competitive class. The mixed double of Fraser and Judy Penfold (Australia) won gold.
Five hundred and forty crews, comprising 290 rowers, contested 85 events and 123 races over the two days of the regatta. Rowers from throughout New Zealand and Australia competing, including a large number of former elite and international rowers.
The oldest competitor was 81-year-old Hutchison from the BRC and the youngest, 29-year-old Edwina Hooke from the Glebe Rowing Club in Sydney.
Added to the NZ regatta was a tri-series of races between selected South Island, North Island and Australian crews, racing in women's and men's quads and eights. BRC members selected were McKay, Lissaman, de Joux and Parker.
McKay and Lissaman were part of the winning South Island women's quad, beating both North Island and Australia, while de Joux was stroke of the South Island womens eight that dominated their Australian and North Island rivals.
Taylor said this was a "fantastic result for the Blenheim Rowing Club masters following on from last year's successes and achieved with a small number of rowers".
"It marked another very successful season for the club, including the South Island Masters Regatta in June where the club was the top overall club for the second consecutive year."
Women's single, Fiona McKay.
Men's single, Brian Hutchison.
Women's quad, Cynthia de Joux, Fiona McKay, Sarah Lissaman, Anna Olson.
Women's coxless four, Cynthia de Joux, Fiona McKay, Sarah Lissaman, Karen Rickerby.
Mixed double, Lindsay Fraser and Judy Penfold.
Women's single, Cynthia de Joux.
Women's pair, Fiona McKay and Cynthia de Joux.
Women's double, Cynthia de Joux and Sarah Lissaman.
Men's double, Jeremy Best and Lindsay Fraser.
Women's double, Fiona McKay and Edwina Hooke.
Men's single, Lindsay Fraser.
Mixed double, Mark Noble and Sarah Lissaman.
Men's double, Brian Parker and Brian Hutchison.
Mixed double, Jeremy Best and Cynthia de Joux.
Hutchison also won gold medals in men's quad four with three from the Dunstan Arms Club while McKay won gold as stroke in a women's quad with three members from Australian clubs.
- The Marlborough Express
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