Representing North End, the Otago Boys High School four of
(from left) Toby Adams (17), Jack Waddell (16), James
McNicol (17) and Jack Boyd (16) win the men's under-17 and
under-18 race during the North End Rowing Club Regatta at
Waihola on Saturday. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Jack Waddell and James McNicol led the young guns who
dominated the 75th annual North End Rowing Regatta at Lake
Waihola on Saturday.
They helped North End retain the Butterfield Shield with 104
points in a closely fought contest with Otago (83).
They were followed by Otago University 11, Port Chalmers
United Rowing Club 7, Columba College 17, Queens High School
and Otago Girls 1.
Alivia Anderson (14, left) and Sara Griffin (14), of
Columba College, catch their breath on the finish line
after the women's under-15 doubles race at the North End
Rowing Club regatta at Waihola on Saturday.
Waddell and McNicol retained the form they demonstrated
when remaining unbeaten for the South Island in the
inter-island regatta against the North Island at Lake Karapiro
The pair came together last year when McNicol shifted from
the family venison and beef farm at Waianakarua in North
Otago to join Waddell at Otago Boys' High School to be
coached by rowing guru Fred Strachan.
They demonstrated their potential when they won a bronze
medal in the boys under-17 double sculls at the Maadi Cup at
Lake Ruataniwha last season and want to turn that into gold
The pair were inspired when Hamish Bond visited Otago Boys'
last month and are keen to follow in the footsteps of the
Olympic champion, who was also coached by Strachan in his
early days in the sport.
"Hamish showed us that all the hard work has paid off,"
Their goal this season is to make the New Zealand team for
the world junior championships in Lithuania.
They played a key role for the North End club in perfect
rowing conditions at Lake Waihola on Saturday when they won
the club eight and the under-18 four.
McNicol demonstrated his class when he won the men's under-18
single sculls from Jack O'Leary (Otago).
But O'Leary, who won a silver medal in the boys under-16
single sculls at the Maadi Cup last season, came back
strongly to beat Waddell and McNicol in the club double
sculls with his new partner Eachann Bruce, from Wanaka.
The North End under-15 quadruple sculls of Maggie Burns,
Eliza Adams, Tessa Read, Julia Landels and cox Sarah Wyber
convincingly won the women's under-15 quadruple sculls.
They are coached by Lauren Farnden, who is a disciple of Fred
Strachan and demands the same close attention to technique as
This was demonstrated by the smooth technique of the North
End novice crew that came third in the race.
The top North End four were also part of crews that won the
women's under-15 and under-18 eight.
Maadi Cup champions Zoe McBride and Hannah Duggan (Otago)
dominated the women's double sculls and won the under-18 and
the open events.
They also teamed with Polly McMullan and Anne O'Leary to win
the open women's quadruple sculls.
McMullan and O'Leary, who won a bronze medal at the Maadi
Cup, won the women's under-17 double sculls.
O'Leary had a busy day and also won two single sculls events
- the women's under-16 race and her section of the club
The other section of the club single sculls was won by the
fast finishing Nicola Shanks (Otago University), the sister
of Olympic cyclist Alison Shanks.
Courtney O'Shea (North End) won the novice single sculls from
Zoe Sabonadiere (North End) and Tabitha Seaton (North End).
It was special for Seaton because it was her first row in a
single scull and her father, Neil Seaton, was the umpire.
Veteran rower Kelvin Maker (North End) showed he had not lost
any of his old skills when he won the masters single sculls
from the Otago club pair of Kevin Duggan and Martin Drijfhout
The masters women's double sculls was won by Barbara Gerrard
and Melissa Robson (North End).