Teams on a high with big medal haul at nationals

Last updated 12:00 22/02/2014
 Kirsty Thompson and Anna Miles
POWER ON: Kirsty Thompson and Anna Miles on their way to winning gold in the women’s pair at the national rowing championships on Lake Karapiro.

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The Nelson Rowing Club's men's quad have broken the New Zealand record for their age group in what was a golden couple of days for the team.

Stroke Sean Ducray, Olly Stephens, Sam Johnston and Joseph Brady combined to win in a slick 5min 59.72sec at the Bankstream National Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro yesterday. They beat home Whakatane Rowing Club who took silver in a time of 6min 04.41sec. Aramoho/Wanganui Rowing Club took bronze.

The senior women's coxless four of Kirsty Thompson, Hannah Starnes, Anna Miles and Charlotte McIntyre remained unbeaten in finals this season to take the national title in a time of 7min 00.61sec, beating their nearest rival - Waihopai Rowing Club - by nearly seven seconds. West End Rowing Club took bronze, a further four seconds behind.

Thompson and Miles then combined to take gold yesterday in the senior women's pair in a time of 7min 30.67sec. McIntyre and Starnes were in medal contention until the rudder on their boat broke. Hawke's Bay were second in a time of 7min 43.42sec and Hauraki Rowing Club took bronze.

In the final race of the day for the Nelson club, Thompson and Starnes combined to take bronze in the women's senior double in a time of 7min 53.24sec.

Coach John Robinson said last night that understandably morale in the team was really good with another day to go of finals.

Of the men's quad he said they were quietly confident going into the final.

"They've got a good stroke in Sean Ducray. They're all good mentally but he's driven. He drives the boat from the stroke seat and that's what makes it tick," said Robinson.

"They all add to it, of course. One man can't do it by himself." He said the team of 17 rowers were all supporting each other over the five-day regatta.

"If you know rowers, by the time they've done it for a couple of years, you don't get many mongrels. You're dealing with people who have a bit of character. They've got a bit of stickability, they're strong minded and great to work with."

The national rowing championships finish this afternoon.

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