Timaru wins gold

03:32, Feb 21 2013
Renee Olley Surrey Collett coxed eight
Renee Olley and Surrey Collett, part of the winning Timaru womens coxed eight, at the National Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha.

The Timaru womens coxed eight of Surrey Collett, Renee Olley, Emma Weith, Alice Murdoch, Harriet Sutton, Paige Cook, Erica Taylor, Emma Dyke and cox Zoe Dobbs have struck gold at the National Rowing Championships on Lake Ruataniwha this afternoon.

Dean Milne's crew had to fight all the way after making a fast start, but looked destined for a silver medal with 50m to go. However, the leading North Shore crew caught a crab which allowed the hard working crew to win.

The Timaru mens novice coxed quadruple sculls crew of Liam Cooper, Craig Quested, Sam Dick, Sam Thomson and cox Jack Elliotte have finished fourth in their final this afternoon.

They made the final thanks to finishing second in their repechage yesterday.

Timaru were racing just out of the medals after the first 1000m and were unable to produce enough to catch the leading trio of Whangarei, Auckland and Avon who earned clear water to secure the medals for themselves.

Timaru's time of 7.05.02 was eight seconds off Avon's bronze medal time, but it was 11 seconds quicker than their qualifying repechage time.

Whangarei won the race.



The Timaru Herald