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2021 New Zealand Under 19 Team Announcement

  • 30 Apr 21

2021 New Zealand Under 19 Team Announcement

On 7 December 2020 it was confirmed that due to COVID-19, Rowing NZ did not intend to send athletes to compete at international regattas throughout 2021, excluding the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, it is still the intention of Rowing NZ to select and support age group squads irrespective of international travel throughout 2021.

Following successful trials at Lake Karapiro from 24-30 April 2021, an U19 team has been selected. The team will train and race together throughout the winter, following one of the two scenarios as announced on 5 March 2021.

Rowing NZ encourages any athletes not selected to the U19 team to continue rowing throughout the winter. The new National Pathway aims to offer support to athletes in their home clubs, schools and universities and athletes are able to gain selection onto the pathway through the winter regional programmes. Further information and a link to sign up to receive further details can be found here.

Women’s Coxless Quad

Madeleine Parker, Napier Girls’ High School

Mollie Nicol, Star Boating Club

Nicole Campbell, Nelson College for Girls

Orla Cuffe, North Shore Rowing Club

Nick Barton (Coach)

Women’s Coxless Four

Brooke Pitchford, Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton

Emily Bowden, Christchurch Girls’ High School

Emily Gordon, Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Hamilton

Meg Flanagan, Marlborough Girls’ College

Jo Shotter (Coach)

Women’s Double/Pair (Reserves)

Caitlin Revell, Wellington Girls’ College

Orla Fitzgerald, Christchurch Girls’ High School

Jo Shotter (Coach)

Men’s Eight

Benjamin Shortt, Auckland Grammar School

Cody Johnson, Auckland Grammar School

Fred Vavasour, Marlborough Boys’ College

Matthew Waddell, St Paul’s Collegiate School

Nicholas Bryan, Mount Albert Grammar School

Oliver Welch, Auckland Grammar School

Robson Wallace, Sacred Heart College, Auckland

Sacha Dewancker, Gisborne Boys’ High School

Coxswain: TBC*

Logan Keys (Coach)

Men’s Coxless Quad

Dominiko Arnerich, St Peter’s College

Harry Fitzpatrick, West End Rowing Club

Oliver Ransom, Nelson College

Reuben Cook, Otago Boys’ High School

Kaye Surgenor (Coach)

Men’s Double/Pair (Reserves)

Edward Lopas, Christchurch Boys’ High School

Oscar Ruston, Gisborne Boys’ High School

Nick Barton (Coach)

*As Rowing NZ has named an U19 Men’s Eight, a coxswain will be selected from those that nominated for the team. Shortlisted coxswains will be contacted by Rowing NZ to arrange interviews

Coach Team

Nick Barton – Lead

Nick began his rowing at Whanganui Collegiate school and continued at Otago University while he completing degrees in Commerce and Physical Education. After finishing rowing in 2004 Nick became the Regional Development Officer in Waikato and Head Coach at Sacred Heart Girls in Hamilton. Nick later spent time abroad which included coaching at Oxford University before moving back to New Zealand in 2010 and coaching at Villa Maria in Christchurch. Post Canterbury earthquakes, Nick accepted the Head Coach role at Sacred Heart Hamilton once more and returned back to the Waikato. He was with Sacred Heart for 5 years during which time he coach NZ U18 North Island team two years in a row, trans-Tasman University team in 2015 and the NZ U21 team in 2016 alongside women’s coach Waikato university women’s eight for the Gallagher great race in 2014, 2015. In 2016 Nick moved to St Paul’s Collegiate as Head Coach where the girls went on to win the U18 4+ for the first time, as well as medalling in the 2- and 8+ alongside some medal performances from the junior boys. In 2017 Nick became Assistant Coach at Waikato RPC and coached the NZ Junior Women’s 4-. Nick has been with Waikato RPC and the NZ junior team ever since. In 2018 Nick coached both the JW4- and Jw2x to bronze medals in Racice. In 2019 Nick was selected as lead Junior coach and coached the women’s 4- to 5th place in Tokyo. Nick has continued his role as lead Junior coach and has driven changes to the programme to assist the athletes in their overall development. Nick has also completed a Post Grad diploma in Business Management and been part of several coach development programmes with Rowing NZ, Sport NZ and HPSNZ.

Logan Keys

Logan began rowing at Christchurch Boys High School (CBHS) and went on to represent New Zealand in the U23 4+ winning silver at the World Championship in Linz 2013. Logan was also assisting coaching at CBHS and studying during this time before focusing on his rowing at Southern RPC 2013-2014. In 2015 Logan decided to step into coaching full-time and became Head Coach at CBHS where he remained until 2019. During this time the CBHS programme continued to build and develop successful crews across the board and had a number of rowers being invited to NZ team trials. In 2019 Logan lead the CBHS boys U18 8+ to gold, their first ever Maadi cup title. That year they won 8 golds and 2 bronzes and were winners of the overall points trophy. Logan assisted in Southern RPC winter coaching in 2017 and was named a Junior Coach in 2018 where he coached the M4- leading the team to silver. In 2019 Logan coached Jack Lopas and Ollie McLean in the U23 2x where they were based in the USA and joined the NZ team in Florida and got silver. For the 2020-2021 season Logan joined Rangi Ruru as the senior coach, winning the Levin Jubilee Cup (Girls' U18 8+) along with the Star trophy for Top School. Logan also runs his own labour hire business in Christchurch (MoreStaff) is the Regional Manager for the Canterbury Rowing Association and the Rowing NZ US Scholarship Liaison. Logan has completed a Commerce degree and a Master’s of Professional Accounting, which he was able to do during his time as a rower. Since starting in coaching Logan has completed the Rowing NZ Coach Scholarship course and has attended RNZ HP coach workshops.

Jo Shotter

Jo grew up developing a passion for sport after playing hockey and rowing in Christchurch. This lead her into a PE teaching degree alongside a representative hockey Career with Otago and Canterbury. Jo has continued to be involved in hockey coaching alongside her rowing coaching. However since being involved in Westlake boys from 2015 she has focused on rowing. Jo first began coaching in Canada at Shawnigan Lake School in 1990 where she also completed an advanced coaching qualification. On her return to NZ Jo was a teacher, hockey coach and rowing coach at St Kentigern’s college for 6 years. During this time Jo coaches the Junior Men’s 8+ in 1997, 1998 where the team were based out of Auckland and competed in a trans-Tasman competition. Jo then went to the UK where she was coach and boatman for Kings School, Wimbledon for two years. During these two years Jo was mentored by Harry Mahon spending a lot of time in the coach boat with him during a period when he coached the British M1x and M8+ as well as the Cambridge 8+. Jo stepped away from the sport for a while during which time she focused on teaching, coaching hockey and raising her three children. Jo came back into rowing in 2015 where she was assistant coach at Westlake Boys High School before moving into the Director of Rowing role in 2019. Since then Jo has coached the Auckland Light Blues rep crew to Australia and was the North Island U18 women’s sweep coach in 2018 and the U18 men’s sweep coach in 2019.

Kaye Surgenor

Kaye started rowing at the Picton Club and with Queen Charlotte College. At the Maadi Cup regatta in 1980 she was a member of the winning crew in the inaugural Dawn Cup race for Girls U19 Four’s and also won the Girls U19 Eight. While studying at Lincoln University she rowed for the Canterbury Club where in 1984 she won the Premier Women’s Pair and Eight. After finishing her studying she returned to Marlborough and joined the Wairau Club where she won the Premier Women’s Quad in 1985. While bringing up her three son’s Kaye took a break from rowing and returned to the sport in 2005 when 2 of her son's became involved. After coaching in Marlborough for 8 years, in 2013 she took a coaching role at St Margaret’s College, where she stayed for 3 seasons. During her time with St Margaret’s, Kaye successfully coached many crews including the girls U18 8+ to gold at Maadi Cup 2015. From 2014 to 2016 Kaye was involved with the South Island U18 team first as a coach and then as a Selector. Kaye coached boys sculling in 2014, girls sweep in 2015 and boys sweep 2016. In 2016 she was also selected to coach the U21 men’s sweep squad and in 2017 coached the U21 men’s sculling squad. In 2016 Kaye began her role as Lead men’s coach for Nelson rowing Club, leading crews to multiple National and Maadi medals over the following 3 seasons. Kaye shifted back to her local club, Wairau in 2019 which culminated in a successful National Championships 2020 where her Senior Men’s crews achieved 3 golds, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals. Kaye has continued to upskill her coaching as she has gone along starting with a diploma in Applied Sport in 2008, the Performance Coach Advance Programme through Sport NZ in 2014-2015 and Rowing NZ PM Scholarship and Career Coach Programmes. She has been involved in the Marlborough Rowing Association since 2018 and is currently the Secretary. Outside of rowing Kaye manages her family's vineyard.