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Biggest Aon Maadi Cup to date

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Rowing's popularity with New Zealand secondary schools continues to grow with this year's Aon Maadi Cup regatta starting at Lake Ruataniwha on Monday 24 March with the largest numbers ever seen at the  event at the close of entries. There will be over 2100 students (made up of 1852 rowers and 269 coxes) representing 125 schools across 50 event classes in 1565 crews at the 2014 Secondary School Rowing Championships. The draft race schedule has over 615 races to be run over the week long regatta. Numbers could increase further with supplementary entries due to open shortly.

The secondary school rowers will race in singles, doubles, pairs, fours, quads and eights in under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-18 age groups. Overall the small boats are again the focus with 302 boats racing in the single sculls, 41 in the pairs, 547 in the double sculls, and in the larger boats 292 crews will race in fours, 254 in the quads and 129 in the eights. The biggest entry numbers come from event 20 the girls under-17 single scull with 64 crews while event 41 the girls under-17 double has 63 crews.

In the lead up to the 2014 Aon Maadi Cup at the Aon North Island Secondary School Championships Hamilton Boys High School beat Westlake Boys High School and Auckland Grammar for the under-18 eights title. In the girls under-18 eights Waikato Diocesan took the North Island bragging rights over Westlake Girls High Cchool and Sacred Heart Girls College (Wellington). At the Meridian South Island Secondary School Championships held at Lake Ruataniwha, St Margarets lead Christchurch Girls High School and Rangi Ruru home in the under-18 girls eights while in the boys event St Bedes College took the under-18 eights title ahead of Christs College and Christchurch Boys High School. The 2014 Maadi Cup final is shaping up to be quite a battle on the water.

The girls and boys novice eights are an exhibition event at this regatta, and will be part of the official programme in 2015 at Lake Karapiro.

Heats and repechages occupy the first three days, with quarter finals on Wednesday, semifinals on Thursday and finals are split over Friday and Saturday.

This is the tenth year that Aon New Zealand has supported the Maadi Cup regatta, and the 67th year of the regattas running, however secondary school rowing celebrated its 125th year in February with a commemorative race in Wellington between Wellington College, St Patrick’s College and Wanganui Collegiate.

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