Otago accolade for Hofmans

Eva Hofmans training at home during last year's lockdown. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Eva Hofmans training at home during last year's lockdown. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Eva Hofmans has claimed Otago rowing’s top award.

She was named rower of the year at the Otago Rowing Association awards on Saturday night.

It topped another fine year for Hofmans, who impressed at the national championships rowing for Dunstan Arm.

She has also been included in the New Zealand under-21 squad which is training at Lake Karapiro.

It was the first time Hofmans, who has a scholarship to Yale University, has won the award.

One of her competitors for that top award won both the female school and club rower awards.

Pipi Horan, who competes for Wanaka and Mount Aspiring College, took both prizes.

It followed an impressive season in which Horan was influential across a range of crews.

Otago Boys’ High School’s Reuben Cook capped a strong season, in which he was
named in the New Zealand under-19 squad, by being named male school rower of the year.

Dunstan Arm’s under-18 women’s quadruple sculls crew claimed crew of the year.

Paige Furrie, Mackenzie Ealson, Sophie Smith (Dunedin), Sophie Smith (Alexandra) and cox Billie Grant took the award after a dominant season.

Grant claimed a second award when she was named cox of the year.

Dunstan Arm’s quadruple sculls crew of Ruby Smith, Tahlia Nelson, Elle King, Emer Bryant and cox Tessa Handford also won novice crew of the year.

Simon Smith added another two awards for Dunstan Arm, claiming both masters rower of the year and coach of the year.

North End and Otago Rowing Association stalwart Lauren Farnden was named administrator of the year.

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