2016 Aon University Rowing Championships countdown
Athletes from eight universities will be searching for medals at the Aon University Rowing Championships this weekend at Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel.
367 athletes from around New Zealand are entered in the weekend festival of rowing, considered the most fiercely contested regatta in the university rowing calendar. The number is an increase on last year’s event, continuing the growth trend of university rowing.
Championship eights will be the facing the challenge of a 3.2km or traditional two mile course, longer than the standard two kilometre course which all other classes will tackle.
Events available range from Novice, Tournament, Intermediate and Championship, in a range of boat types depending on the grade.
The women’s intermediate double sees the most entries with 22 competitors and 21 entries in the men’s intermediate double.
Strong fields will also be contesting the blue riband Championship eight event, with eight male crews from six universities racing for the Hebberley Shield and six female crews from four universities competing for the Tamaki Cup.
The Aon University Rowing Championships begin on Saturday 23 April with heats and conclude with finals on Sunday 24 April.
Results, schedules and entries can be viewed online www.rowit.co.nz