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2021 North vs South U18 Team Announcement

  • 26 Apr 21

Following successful trials at Lake Ruataniwha (23-25 April) and Lake Karapiro (24-26 April), the U18 North and South teams have been selected. The teams will train together this week before competing at the North vs South Regatta at Lake Karapiro from the 29-30 April 2021.

North Island


Anna Bullock, Whanganui Collegiate School

Charlie Barclay, Diocesan School for Girls

Charlize Tutbury, Aquinas College

Ella Ross, Diocesan School for Girls

Emma Averill, Otumoetai College

Gabrielle Austin, Hamilton Girls’ High School

Jenna-Lee Markgraaff, Cambridge High School

Leah Weck, St Paul’s Collegiate

Maiya Birdling, Sacred Heart Girls’ Hamilton

Margy Hazelhurst, Whanganui Collegiate School

Samantha Eden, St Peter’s, Cambridge

Sofia Greenhalgh, Westlake Girls’ High School

Sophie Ryan, Diocesan School for Girls


Adam Wilson, Hamilton Boys’ High School

Amiel John, Auckland Grammar School

Cam MacGillivray, Mount Albert Grammar School

Connor Davison, St Peter’s, Cambridge

Ethan Johnson, Hamilton Boys’ High School

Fred Phillips, St Paul’s Collegiate

Jack Mitchell, King’s College

Jamie Woods, Auckland Grammar School

Logan Spencer, St Paul’s Collegiate

Matthew Poulton, Whanganui Collegiate School

Nikolaos Matiatos, Westlake Boys’ High School

Oliver Duncan, Hamilton Boys’ High School

Toby Smith, Hamilton Boys’ High School

Will Tattersfield, Huanui College

Xavier Simpkins, St Peter’s College Auckland


Brett Henry: Women’s Scull

David Neuhaus: Men’s Sweep

Kylee Corboy: Women’s Sweep

Tyler Scott: Men’s Scull

South Island


Alice Wallis, Rangi Ruru Girls’ College

Anabelle Scott, Craighead Diocesan School

Annabel Wynn-Williams, Rangi Ruru Girls’ College

Emma Flanagan, Marlborough Girls’ College

Georgie Bethell, Rangi Ruru Girls’ College

Gigi Thomson, St. Andrew’s College

Holly Lill, Rangi Ruru Girls’ College

Jemma Burrows, St. Margaret’s College

Lexi Timpson, Marlborough Girls’ College

Lucy Munro, Nelson College for Girls

Nicole Vance, Rangi Ruru Girls’ College

Phoebe Wallis, Rangi Ruru Girls’ College

Pipi Horan, Mt. Aspiring College

Sienna O’Shannessey, Rangi Ruru Girls’ College

Sophie Smith, Dunstan High School


Dylan Burton, Marlborough Boys’ College

George Higgins, Cashmere High School

Grayson Small, Otago Boys’ High School

Henry Kirk, Otago Boys’ High School

James Fitzgerald, Marlborough Boys’ College

Marley King-Smith, Wakatipu High School

Ned Botherway, Christ’s College

Oscar Clatworthy, Cashmere High School

Sam Clelland, Cashmere High School

Sam Long, St. Andrew’s College

Walter Wickham, Marlborough Boys’ College

William Anderson, Cashmere High School

William Davidson, Timaru Boys’ High School


Brian Smith: Men’s Scull

Simon Smith: Women’s Scull

Sophie Strachan: Women’s Sweep

Tim Hopkins: Men’s Sweep

Coaching Team

North Island Coaches

Brett Henry: Women’s Scull

Brett first started rowing at West End Rowing Club where he rowed to Premier level before shifting to North Shore Rowing Club. While Brett rowed to Premier level at both clubs he was also selected into the NZ emerging rowers programme and was a two time NZ trialist. During this time Brett was fortunate to be coached by some influential elite coaches of his era. After a 20 year break from rowing Brett came back into the sport when his children got involved at Mercer rowing club. Brett has been Head Coach at Mercer for 4 years and has coached all levels (novice through to senior, men and women) during which time the club and associated schools have reached numerous podium performances. Brett has also enjoyed coaching rugby and rugby league for 11 years in both South Africa and New Zealand and was the forwards coach for the South African Rugby League team. He now enjoys coaching the 1st XV of his local school in the winter.

David Neuhaus: Men’s Sweep

David began rowing in Australia where he represented Australia in the trans-Tasman regatta and World university games. He is also a Henley Royal regatta winner and retired from rowing in 2008 due to injury. David initially began coaching at The King’s School in Sydney where he was involved for 6 years before challenging himself with a move to the University of Johannesburg as Elite Men’s Coach and St Stithians College as Head Coach. Dave remained in South Africa for a couple of years before returning to Australia to coach in Sydney and looking for a new challenge which bought him to NZ. Dave initially coached at West End Rowing Club in Auckland before becoming the Head Coach at Auckland Grammar in 2019. During his time in Auckland Dave has assisted with coaching at Auckland RPC and coached the trans-Tasman university team in 2019.

Kylee Corboy: Women’s Sweep

While Kylee was at university in Wellington she began coaching Onslow college where she remained for 3 seasons. Her time in Wellington also saw her coach a Victoria University Novice men’s crew in 2010. When she returned to Hamilton in 2013 she was asked to come back and coach for her former school Sacred Heart Girls College where she initially coached the novice and under 15 rowers before moving on to work with the u16 squad rowers. In 2016 Kylee moved to Timaru where she coached for Timaru Boys High School for two seasons. In 2018 Kylee moved back to Hamilton to become Head Coach for Sacred Heart Girls College a role she has had for the past 3 seasons. Kylee is also a sport coordinator within the school and is about to start a Sport Science degree with Wintec. Kylee has been part of the first RNZ Career Coach cohort for the past two years and was selected to coach the U18 North Island team in 2020.

Tyler Scott: Men’s Scull

Tyler first began coaching at Whanganui Collegiate in 2011 and became Head coach in 2018. For the past 6 season Tyler has been the senior squad coach in the programme working with both the boys and girls squads. During this time he has successfully had rowers selected for age group trials and several make the U18 and NZ Junior teams. In 2019 and 2020 Tyler was selected to coach the North Island U18 team and has assisted Central RPC with winter training in the Whanganui region over the past 3 years. Tyler has been fortunate to work alongside and be mentored by several NZ and Australian coaches. Tyler has completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Post Grad diploma in secondary teaching and now works as a teacher and assistant housemaster at Whanganui Collegiate School. Along the way Tyler has been involved in the RNZ coach scholarship programme and has attended the RNZ coach conference to support his development.

South Island Coaches

Brian Smith: Men’s Scull

Brian was a coxswain himself and after time away from the sport reconnected with rowing after his son and daughter started school rowing. He has been fortunate to be around some great coaches that have shared their extensive knowledge and have helped shape his coaching ability. In 2008 Brian was asked to help coach Timaru Boys Rowing, at that time there was a squad of five boys, which grew to a squad of 12 in 2012. 2012 was one of Timaru Boys most successful seasons which culminated in two boys going on to be junior trialists and successfully rowed for NZ at the Junior world rowing champs. In the last few seasons Timaru has grown there numbers to around 25 and maintained the success at Timaru Boys. During this time Brian has always upskilled and attended RNZ workshops, seminars and coaches conferences and modules. He has also coached South Island U18s a number of times. Brian understands the importance of establishing a team culture influence and direct the culture of the organisation to create a positive environment and everyone connected to it. Developing sport-specific knowledge skills, abilities and mental preparation to facilitate positive experiences.

Simon Smith: Women’s Scull

Simon coaches Dunstan RC and Dunstan high school, where he has been since 2008. This year 8 of 11 of Simon’s crews picked up Maadi Medals. Simon has experience coaching numerous sports and was a high level cycling for a long time. Simon is still a keen rower himself, competing at Nationals in 2021where he picked up a silver in the Men’s Senior 8. The U18s is the first team Simon has been involved in for RNZ after a lot of involvement in the regional level.

Sophie Strachan: Women’s Sweep

Sophie became involved in rowing at school when she was at Craighead Diocesan in Timaru. During her University years, Sophie began coaching at Craighead Diocesan and rowed for Timaru Rowing Club. After making the permanent move to Christchurch, Sophie began coaching at Burnside High School where she was head coach for 5 years. Following her time at Burnside, Sophie took on a Canterbury Rowing Association volunteer role working with Lincoln University scholarship rowers and also became a Trainee Race Official. Since 2018 she has been coaching at Christchurch Boys High School. Alongside these roles Sophie has assisted coaching Southern RPC, has been team manager for South Island U18s and NZ U21s and is now a Licensed Race Official. Sophie is also part of the first Career Coach cohort. Outside of rowing Sophie is a NZILA Registered Landscape Architect and operates her own business. Sophie and her husband recently welcomed baby daughter Alexandra and enjoys including her in rowing activities. Alexandra will be with Sophie during her involvement in the U18 campaign including her first plane trip to Cambridge.

Tim Hopkins: Men’s Sweep

Tim is currently the Assistant director of rowing and lead senior coach for St Andrews College in Christchurch. Tim moved to NZ from the UK in 2018, where he had previously coached at Liverpool university first as assistant coach before taking on the head coach role in 2017. When Tim moved to NZ he became head coach of Avonside Girls High School and got their first ever trialist into the NZ Junior team in the W4-. Since then Tim has continued to involve himself in the Canterbury region assisting with Avon Rowing Club and Southern RPC. Alongside his STAC role Tim is also the head regional coach for Canterbury Rowing Association. Tim studied Physics at university and has a Masters in renewable energy. Since arriving in NZ Tim has continued to upskill himself in coaching by completing the RNZ coach education modules, attending seminars, workshops, coaches conference and was part of the RNZ coach scholarship programme in 2020.