Wonderful water at Wanganui
Stunning weather greeted the 395 athletes who made their way to Wanganui to compete for the North Island Championship titles. Racing was tight across most events and crews really enjoyed an early hit out for medals.
The regatta kicked off right on time with the women's club four and remained on time with only the odd delay for the iconic Steamship to progress down the course. The club events boasted the largest fields with singles, doubles and fours being the boats of choice from the 16 competing clubs.
Novice events were also popular and these athletes definitely showed some great skills for their first season. The novice doubles events saw great racing with Clifton's Paris Polson and Finn Whalen taking out the women's race and Welington's Joel Rihari Watene and David Burnett winning the mens.
The men's and women's senior singles took away the Gill Trophies, which were first presented back in 1988 for annual competition in singles. This year saw Luke Watts from Aramoho-Wanganui take out the men's race for the third time running with a very dominant performance. The women's single was won by Jessica Norris from Hawkes Bay, along with two other gold medals in the club single and the club quad. Jessica's golds assisted the Hawke's Bay Club to a very successful regatta, the club winning the Auckland Rowing Club Centennial Oar for overall points.
Rowing New Zealand would like to acknowledge and thank the Wanganui Rowing Association for hosting this years event, particularly after such a testing year with the devastating floods.
We would also like to thank all those clubs that attended and supported Wanganui also, it was a great weekend.