Creed leading TGHS by example
There is a new-found air of self-belief in the Timaru Girls' High School rowing team and captain Sarah Creed could not be happier.
After a lean few years, where simply making an A final was considered a top effort, TGHS has been producing head-turning results on the opening two days of the Maadi Cup national secondary school championships.
The under-16 four and quad have impressed, while Creed herself is through to the quarter-finals of the under-18 double scull with Jodie Sole.
The 17-year-old is in her third and final Maadi Cup campaign and said the team's depth was exciting.
"It's been good to be out in front of a few races and making a name for ourselves. It's good for the younger ones to see the standard that we'd like to keep for the next couple of years.
"I'm the only senior rower so it makes me happy that most of the girls will continue on next year. They're all strong and ready to go and they won't want to let themselves down."
Creed said the arrival of former New Zealand age-group and Timaru Boys' High School coach Dan Kelly had had a "massive impact" on the squad.
"Ever since he stepped in at the start of the season, you just felt everything get more intense ... Everyone knew there were expectations to live up to and we didn't want to disappoint him or let his reputation down."
Creed said Kelly's attention to detail allowed the team to improve.
"Everyone had a really good base technique but he's made it that much sharper and it's made that much of a difference. Even with [having] longer trainings than what we were having last year, you can really feel it paying off out there on the water."
Creed said the Maadi Cup aura created its own pressure for individuals to perform.
"This is what we work towards for six or seven months and when you look and see all the new rowing suits [from other schools] that you haven't seen before, it makes you want to push yourself that much further."
- The Timaru Herald