Nathan Cohen breaks Invercargill Rowing Club drought with gold at national championships
Southland's golden rowing club is back in the senior gold medals at the New Zealand Rowing Championships for the first time since 2006.
For the first time together on Lake Ruataniwha in their original gold and black Invercargill Rowing Club colours, the Cohen brothers, Hayden and Nathan, raced the men's premier double sculls A Final and though only a length down from bronze, came home in sixth.
Just on an hour later Nathan brought home Invercargill Rowing Club's first senior gold medal since 2006 in the men's senior single final.
Younger brother Hayden placed fourth.
Nathan last rowed for the Club in 2006 before departing for RPC and NZ duties. Invercargill RC was the top sculling club that year.
Hayden last rowed for Invercargill at senior level in 2009.
A further silver medal was earned by Invercargill RPC rower Thomas Elder in the men's under 22 coxless four.
Wakatipu Rowing Club had nine crews competing in A and B finals. Its men's Club quad were the only crew to take a medal, after a bronze-medal in the club eight on Thursday.
Scott Barnsdale, Guy Barnsdale and John Morrison made up a composite crew with Otago Rowing Club's Bradley Leydon, to gain a bronze medal in the men's club quad. Invercargill's men's club quad was eighth in the same A final.
On Friday the Lake Hayes-based Club has another two finalists: women's under 19 double of Jessica Dicker and Cameron Murphy, and the men's Club double of Scott Barnsdale and Morrison.
Waihopai's sole Club representatives, youngsters Hayden Milne and Caleb Turnbull, managed to make today's men's under 19 double B Final.
Representing Southern RPC in Waihopai Rowing Club colours, Georgia Smith and her under 22 women's coxless four grabbed a silver medal, while fellow Waihopai RPC representative, Michaela Townshend, raced out a bronze medal in the women's under 22 coxless quad.
Dunstan Arm Rowing Club has had a very successful Championships, with a gold medal in the women's novice quad for Olivia Furrie, Skye Morton, Meg Creagh, Kate Hanning with coxswain Sophie Williamson.
Furrie and Creagh also nabbed a silver in the women's novice double.
Lucy Geddes and Jas McIntosh will contest the women's under 19 double A Final on Saturday.
Dunstan coach Simon Smith has also featured in Club events. He and Greg McLaughlin are the fastest qualifiers for Friday's men's club double A Final ahead of West End (Auckland) and Wakatipu crews.
Racing finishes on Saturday with the women's and men's premier eight races, with Elder featuring in the latter.