|The 2019 Aon Maadi Cup (New Zealand Secondary School Championships) is being hosted by Karapiro Rowing Inc. at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge from 25 - 30 March, with Sunday 31 March morning reserved as a spare day in case of bad weather.|
Run by the NZSSRA and Rowing NZ, the Aon Maadi Cup is the national championships for school rowing. Being New Zealand's largest rowing regatta, it's the most prestigious event on the school rowing calendar with six days of racing.
Strong northerly wind conditions between the start and first 1000m postponed racing from 1:10pm until 5.33pm, with only 71 race starts throughout the day.
Live results from all races today can be found at rowit.nz, as well as a full event schedule and entries.
In the girl’s U18 single scull Glendowie College’s Sascha Moltschaniwskyj took the fastest time across two repechages. Top four placed crews from each repechage were progressing through to quarter-finals with only one South Island school amongst them, Otago Girls’ High School’s Rachel James.
Three repechages in the boy’s U15 coxed quad were raced with the first two crews in each progressing to the final. Takapuna Grammar School, Pukekohe High School, St Peters School (Cambridge), Christ’s College, Auckland Grammar School and St Paul's Collegiate School all move forward, with remaining crews shifting into the C final.
In the girl’s U17 double scull the top four crews secured lanes in the quarter-final with all other crews being eliminated. Glendowie College’s Francesca Treuren and Louise Swain took first place in repechage one, with Sophie Lancaster and Kelsey Stubbs of Napier Girls’ High School taking second. Gisborne Girls’ High School and Napier Girls’ High School 2 also move forward. In repechage two, Leigha Stormont and Aaliyah Grant of Whanganui Girls’ College, Brook Raitt and Ella Craig of Queen Margaret College, Marlborough Girls’ College and Waikato Diocesan School for Girls also moved through to the quarter-final.
In the boy’s U16 single scull the top two crews in four repechages moved to the quarter-final, with remaining crews moving to the E and F finals. There was almost an even split across quarter-final progressions with the North and South Island, with the north’s Tauranga Boys’ College, St John’s College Hamilton, Aotea College, Pukekohe High School and the south’s Shirley Boys High School, Wentworth College, Ashburton College and Roncalli College all securing lanes.
In the girl’s U17 eight repechage St Peters School (Cambridge), Epsom Girls’ Grammar, Westlake Girls’ High School and Diocesan School for Girls all progressed to the final with remaining crews being eliminated.
In the boy’s U18 four repechage, St Paul’s Collegiate School in second place were the only North Island crew in the top four, with Christ’s College, John McGlashan College and Canterbury Boys’ High School taking first, third and fourth respectively.
Aon has been a major partner to Rowing NZ for over 14 years, and the Aon Maadi Cup continues to be proudly sponsored by Aon.
Aon is the leading provider of insurance broking, risk management and associated services both in New Zealand and globally. They pride themselves on protecting all different kinds of Kiwis, from young families through to businesses and farms of all types and sizes. With over 950 staff located in offices spanning from Kerikeri to Invercargill, Kiwis will be sure to find a local Aon broker no matter where they live.
‘’Aon have supported rowing in New Zealand for almost 15 years, and it’s a relationship we’re both grateful for and immensely proud of. Fostering secondary school rowing is incredibly important – it obviously generates talent for future New Zealand representatives, but more importantly it helps grow New Zealand’s youth into great people. Aon have never been the type to provide us with financial support and walk away – they genuinely care about our sport and athletes, and are familiar faces at our regattas across the country. In recent years their support has stretched to working with secondary schools directly and providing much needed equipment.
The Aon Maadi Cup remains one of the biggest secondary school sporting events in New Zealand and we’re proud to work alongside Aon to bring it to life each year.’’
Simon Peterson, Rowing NZ Chief Executive
Tomorrow’s schedule includes quarter-finals and minor-finals in the morning, with semi-finals beginning at 11:15am.
The event’s programme is available to view online at rowingnz.kiwi, maadi.co.nz and via the Rowing NZ App. A live webcast of finals will be available from Friday onward via the Rowing NZ App and maadi.co.nz