Maadi Cup win fires up Kerri-Ann to new goals

20:37, Aug 26 2013
Kerri-Ann Sinclair
NEW OUTLOOK: Kerri-Ann Sinclair.

Kerri-Ann Sinclair returned from the Maadi Cup with a bronze medal and a new outlook on sport.

She and fellow Southland Girls' High School student Michaela Townshend teamed up to finish third in the girls' under-16 doubles at the Maadi Cup. The prestigious rowing regatta for New Zealand secondary schools was held at Lake Karapiro in the Waikato in March.

"It's a national event and quite an achievement [finishing third]," Sinclair, 15, said.

"It drives you to new goals."

Other rowing achievements for Sinclair this year have been two medals at the South Island club championships on Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel - gold in the under-16 doubles final with Georgia Smith, and a silver in the under-16 coxed quad with Eden Cross (cox), Smith, Rhiana Maxwell and Townshend.

At the South Island secondary schools championships on Lake Ruataniwha, Sinclair won a silver medal in the under-16 coxed quad final with Cross (cox), Smith, Maxwell and Townshend.


The South Island secondary schools' rowing championships on Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel, on March 8 and 9, are again pencilled in for Sinclair, a member of the Waihopai Rowing Club. She has been rowing for two years.

Netball and basketball are other sports the teenager is involved in.

She is in the Southland Girls' High School senior A team, which clashed with Rata A in the final of the premier grade netball competition in Invercargill on Saturday. Rata A won 50-31.

The Girls' High senior A team will be in action at the South Island secondary schools' championships in Christchurch next week. The team is coached by former international netballer Natalie Avellino.

Sinclair plays for the Girls' High junior A basketball team in the Invercargill secondary schools' competition. Six teams compete and the top-of-the-table honour see-saws between Girls' High and Verdon College.

More sporting opportunities in Invercargill made Sinclair switch from Fiordland College to Girls' High late last year.

"I'm enjoying it."

Her mother, Heather Sinclair, of Te Anau, said Kerri-Ann received valuable coaching in Te Anau from Shaun Cantwell (athletics) and Shelley Wilson (netball) before moving to Invercargill.

Waihopai rowing coach Russell Everett has also played a key role in her sporting success.

Another achievement of Sinclair's was being a finalist in the junior section of the Gold Guitar Awards in Gore two years ago.

The Southland Times