Females to fore as Dunstan Arm club hauls in medals

The Wanaka novice crew of (from front): Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay,  Ruby Boyd, Pipi Horan and...
The Wanaka novice crew of (from front): Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd, Pipi Horan and cox Patrick Hartley at the South Island rowing championships over the weekend. PHOTOS: SHARON BENNETT/SUPPLIED
Dunstan Arm won eight golds at the South Island rowing championships over the weekend as the club continues to reach new heights.

Overall, Otago clubs had a successful weekend at a regatta which drew more than 1200 athletes from 42 clubs across the South Island.

Dunstan won most of its medals in the female events in which its youngsters were to the fore.

The under-15 girls quad of Phoebe Wellstead, Sophie Smith, Brooke Williams and Malia Banks, with cox Chloe Robertson, won. They joined with Daendie de Beer MAcKenzie Bryant, Jazlyn Edmonds and Billy Grant to win the under-15 octuples.

Simon Smith won the men's senior singles and then teamed with Greg McLaughlin to win the senior doubles.

Dunstan also won gold in the girls under-16 quad, the girls under-16 double (Mackenzie Ealson and Zak Healey), the women's intermediate four, the girls under-15 double and the men's masters quad. It also won four silver medals and three bronze medals.

Dylan Davies, of the Otago University club, won the men's intermediate singles while the four of Caoimhe Dempsey, Sydney Telfer, Gabby Hunter and Josie Cook won silver in the women's premier four. Dempsey and Telfer teamed to win a silver in the senior pair.

Scott Bezett (front) and Kyle Hughes, of North End Rowing Club,  give their all at the South...
Scott Bezett (front) and Kyle Hughes, of North End Rowing Club, give their all at the South Island rowing championships over the weekend.
North End did well in the women's intermediate double, with Millie Davenport and Sophie Smith picking up a silver and Gemma Clydesdale and Katie Hawkins the bronze.

The Wanaka novice girls quad of Hayley Ambrose, Emily Findlay, Ruby Boyd and Pipi Horan, coxed by Patrick Hartley, was the fastest quad in the heats in 7min 55.99sec and won gold in the final, after taking the lead from the start. Boyd and Horan finished second in the novice doubles.

Hannah Cunningham, of the Oamaru club, won bronze in the under-17 singles and then silver in the club singles. Alejo Linares-Fontona won silver in the men's intermediate singles.

The Oamaru novice quad of Annie Metcalffe, Jaimee Trainor, Ruby Bradley and Cassidy Harrop, with cox Ruby Macaulay, won silver.

The Otago Boys' High School under-16 eight won silver, and Ben Mason and Thomas Ryan won silver in the club double.

Eva Hofmans won gold in the club singles and then won silver in senior singles for the Otago club. John McGlashan rowers Will Turner, Will Edwards, Nic Chamberlain and Angus Kenny, rowing for Otago, won silver in the men's club quad.

Oscar Cochrane and Angus Kenny won the men's club pair for Otago.

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