School crews strike gold at club champs

Three South Canterbury school crews won gold medals at the South Island Club Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha while others had mixed fortunes.

Timaru Boys' High School's (TBHS) James Walker proved hard work pays off when he won the under-17 single sculls event and then backed that up with a surprise victory in the under-19 single.

Roncalli College earned gold in the under-16 quad with Libby Davenport, Kate Shaw, Laura Cockroft, Kelly Waud and cox Olivia Cockroft.

Craighead Diocesan had high hopes of several titles but only their under-17 four of Harriet Sutton, Alice Murdoch, Surrey Collett and Paige Cook won gold.

Sutton, Murdoch and Cook showed the benefit of their training stint in Melbourne a week ago.

Craighead coach Dean Milne said bronze medals were also won in the under-17 double and under-18 eight.

There was also an injury concern, with Erica Taylor aggravating a tendon injury in an arm in the opening race. It could keep her out of rowing for several weeks.

TBHS earned a silver medal in the novice quad thanks to the crew of Sam Thompson, Sam Dick, Liam Cooper and Craig Quested, with Jack Elliotte as cox.

Thompson and Dick then combined to win a bronze in the novice double. Roncalli also collected two silver and two bronze medals.

Luke Cody earned silver in the boys under-17 single, while Davenport and Shaw were second in the under-16 double.

Jonny Rush earned two bronze medals - one in the under-16 single and with Caleb Stevenson, Tim Coughlan, Justin Dovestone and cox Cameron Moffatt in the boys' under-16 quad.

Timaru Girls' High School's best results were a silver to Madison Gillespie and Hannah Day in the novice women's double and a bronze to the under-15 eight.

Emma Weith also won two medals, including a silver in the under-19 pair with Craighead's Emma Dyke. She also joined the Craighead eight, which was allowed as all crews were entered by the Timaru Rowing Club.

The Timaru Herald