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About Auckland Rowing Club

The Auckland rowing Club was established in 1869 and is located in the suburb of Mt. Wellington in Auckland, New Zealand. The club has been through a total of six location changes and the club’s present site is at Ian Shaw Park, at the Flat Rock area on the Tamaki River.

The Club is made up of around 250 members, including Epsom Girls Grammar School, Sacred Heart College, and Diocesan School for Girls. Both male and female members participate at all levels from U15 and novice through to masters, in both sculling and sweep oar events throughout the rowing calendar. The club also hosts rowers from overseas visiting New Zealand, corporate rowers, university rowers.

The Club is the fifth oldest in New Zealand and has a proud history of both on and off the water, with many National titles and international representatives.

Diocesan

Diocesan school for girls

The past season for Dio Rowing saw many positive changes in the club. Our membership increased from 37 to 51 and we also welcomed three new coaches: Caroline Delong, Kate Tidbury and Anna Delong. They joined the successful team of Ash McGirr and Laura Campbell, led by Head Coach Rachel Arbuckle. Early in the season the parents committee purchased a new KIRS single and also unveiled the Dio Rowing Club Honours board, which has detailed the Dio Rowing success since it’s founding in 1994. As our season continued the committee were able to buy a new KIRS 8+ as well as some new sculling oars. Throughout the year the girls attended three training camps and ten regattas. The camps were held at Mangakino and Epworth. With each year the results are growing stronger for the Dio team. At the early regattas (Christmas and CTC) there was an increase in the amount of finals made from the previous year. History was made for the Dio girls competing at the Head of Harbour regatta, as the squad came out with top points for the girls schools as well as winning the u18 8+ for the first time in 10 years. This success continued as a small group of seniors girls donned the Red and Black for the North Island Club Champs taking home Bronze in the WC2x, Bronze in the WO8+ and winning Gold in the WC8+

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Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart college

This season Head Coach Mike O’Brien set up some great initiatives, which hopefully will remain in our program for many years to come. This planning and forethought to the season cannot be underestimated and are a hallmark of Mike’s coaching. The first of these initiatives was the instigation of a voluntary winter rowing program. This essentially was a once a week Sunday morning row which every 4th week included a row in the ARC’s 7K winter racing events. This initiative was essentially a small-boat sculling program. The purpose of this was twofold. Firstly and most importantly it was a technique based program which saw the participants really push forward in their technical abilities. The fruits of this were borne out during the season proper, with most of our crews being smaller than the opposition but could still attain podium finishes through superior technique. Secondly it kept those boys who did not participate in winter college sports a chance to maintain their interest and fitness while allowing the other boys to gain the benefits of the program without clashing with their winter sports commitments.

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Epsom Girls

Epsom Grammar

The Epsom Girls Grammar School Rowing Programme enjoyed a wonderful season with unprecedented progress on and off the water in terms of running a very large team of 48 girls and the excellent increase in performances during the last year. Our undoubted highlight was our silver medal Under 18 Eight crew at the Maadi regatta in Levin Jubilee Cup. Added to this outstanding performance was also the very gritty final performances of our Under 18 coxed four and pair at many regattas this past season. We are very proud of this group of outstanding young women. Epsom was also proudly represented in every Eight Oar final at the Maadi regatta with different combinations with only two athletes rowing in more than one Epsom number one combination. We are also very proud of the fact that Epsom performed so heroically with two Eights in the Under 18 event as our Under 17 combination did an outstanding job learning the ropes in this grade in preparation for 2016.

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