Taylor claims top honour at Otago awards

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Oamaru's Mark Taylor has claimed the top prize in Otago rowing.

Competing out of the Southern Regional Performance Centre, Taylor won a gold and two silvers at the national championships.

He was also selected in the New Zealand under-23 squad to compete at the world championships.

Both were key to winning the rower of the year award at the Otago rowing awards over the weekend.

The closely contested crew of the year was shared by two Dunstan High School duos.

Sophie Smith and Malia Banks, in the under-15 grade, and MacKenzie Ealson and Paige Furrie, in the under-16 grade, could not be separated.

Both double sculls crews had dominant seasons, which also extended to the bigger crews in which they competed.

They claimed five medals between them at the Maadi Cup.

Dunstan Arm coach Simon Smith, who also coaches the school crews, was named coach of the year.

He was also recognised for his exploits on the water by being named masters rower of the year.

The Wanaka club had a good night, claiming three awards.

Its girls novice quad crew of Hayley Ambrose, Pipi Horan, Ruby Boyd, Emily Findlay and Samara Goodall was a standout all season and was named novice crew of the year.

Patrick Hartley, who coxed the crew, claimed coxswain of the year, while the club's Amanda Inkster won administrator of the year.

Bayfield High School and Otago Rowing Club's Eva Hofmans claimed two awards.

Hofmans was named female school rower of the year, as well as club rower of the year.

Otago Boys' High School's Ben Mason was named male school rower of the year.


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