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Otago Rowers Riding Wave of Success

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:23am

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The OURC Women's Development Eight crew took top honours at a regatta in Xi'an, China, last week.

The Otago University Rowing Club (OURC) is riding a wave of success after several recent wins at international and national regattas, and the selection of numerous alumni as Olympians.

The club continued its winning ways in China last week with success at a regatta in Xi’an where its men’s and women’s Development Eight crews took top honours.

OURC Vice President Al Robinson says the success was the "culmination of many years of concerted training and planning by the club's executive, who were mostly students, Chief Executive Officer Glen Sinclair and coaches.”

The club had good form going into the Xi’an Jiaotong University event, after winning all the major senior events and most of the novice events at the New Zealand Universities Regatta in Twizel in April. The performance meant the OURC won the New Zealand Universities Rowing Championship for the 17th consecutive year.

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OURC Men's Eight in Action

At the event OURC rowers also regained the hotly-contested senior men's trophy, the Herbberly Shield.

Strong performances in several categories saw a large group of oarsmen and women selected for the New Zealand Universities team to compete against an Australian Universities team in a tri-series regatta in Queenstown and Dunedin in July.

Natasha Bonham-Carter, Maysie Scott, Penny Barnsdale and Hannah Duggan will form half of the women's eight, while Simon Early, Sam Wilkins, Sam Johnston and Sachin Arulambalam (cox) will compete in the men's eight.

In September the OURC senior men's eight will travel to Russia to compete against St Petersberg State University, the Russian Universities Champions.

In August, another development men's eight will travel to Chengdu in China to compete in the International Famous Universities Invitational Regatta and race against Universities from all over the world, including those from Yale, Hamburg, Pavia, Nereus, and London.

Otago University Rowing is running a new programme called “Game on English – Rowing”, after being asked to be the only rowing representatives for this programme by Education New Zealand. The initiative is aimed at bringing Japanese rowing athletes to Otago to row and study English for between five weeks and a year. Several rowers have been selected for the World Under 23 championships in Holland in late August.

In other exciting news, six current and former OURC members have been selected to row at the Olympic Games in Brazil in August, including three women in the Women’s eight that won silver last year at the World Rowing Championships.

OURC New Zealand Representatives 2016:

Elites at the Olympics:
Rebecca Scown - Women's Eight and Pair (alumni); Genevieve Behrent - Women's Eight and Pair (alumni); Ruby Tew - Women's Eight (alumni); Hamish Bond - Men's Coxless Pair (alumni); Alistair Bond - Men's Lightweight Coxless Four (summer member); Holly Greenslade - Women's Reserve (alumni).

Under 23 in Holland:
Holly Fletcher - Women's Eight; Davina Waddy - Women's Eight; Ella Greenslade - Women's Eight (alumni); Tom Clyma - Men's Coxless Four; Hugo Elworthy - Men's Coxless Four; Phillip Wilson - Men's Coxed Four; Bryce Abernethy - Men's Lightweight Quad); Jordan Parry - Men's Quad (alumni)

Under 21:
Oliver Tyro - Men’s Reserve

New Zealand Universities Eights in Dunedin and Queenstown:
Women’s Eight Natasha Bonham-Carter, Maysie Scott, Penny Barnsdale and Hannah Duggan
Men’s eight, Simon Early, Sam Wilkins, Sam Johnston Sachin Arulambalam (cox) and Scott Gullery (Coach)
Manager – Kirsty Thompson (OURC Alumni).

World Universities Rowing Championships in Poland:
Corey McCaffrey - Men’s Coxless Pair (alumni); Andrew Potter - Men’s Single.

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The OURC Men's Eight were Final A event winners at the Ba River Regatta in Xi'an China last week.

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OURC and Xidian University Rowers