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QUICK: The Christchurch Boys’ High men’s open eight won gold at the Canterbury champs and will look to build on that for the Maadi Cup. PHOTO: RICARDO DE SOUSA

Rowers gear up for Maadi Cup „„ By Andrew King SCHOOL rowing crews have one eye on the Maadi Cup as they build towards the South Island championships on Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel. After the first “blowout” of the season at the Canterbury championships in Twizel at the weekend, crews quickly got back on the water to improve before the South Island regatta on January 27-28. The Maadi Cup, the biggest school regatta of the year, will be held in Twizel from March 19-24. Christchurch crews won 10 golds at the Maadi Cup regatta last year, with St Andrew’s College winning the coveted boys under-18 eights ahead of Christ’s College. Christchurch Boys’ High head coach Logan Keys said while there were some tired bodies after a big camp in Alexandra days before the Canterbury champs,

HARD YARDS: Rangi Ruru rowers jumped straight back into training after a strong outing at the Canterbury champs. (Right) – The women’s eights lined up ready to race. PHOTOS: © STEVE MCARTHUR

the sport was about putting in the hard yards. Their training paid off with CBHS winning eight golds at the champs – which

included a blistering time of 6min 13.42sec to win the men’s open eights – as well as three silver and three bronze medals.

“This is our building phase of the season. We are pretty happy with where we are at right now,” Keys said. “We will start to firm up some combinations for Maadi in the next few regattas,” he said. Last year at the South Island champs, CBHS crews took home gold in the men’s club coxed four, boys under-17 eights, boys under-15 coxed octuple sculls, boys under-16 coxed four, men’s novice eights, boys under-15 eights and men’s open eights. Rangi Ruru Girls’ School director of rowing Mark Cotham said the whole squad jumped straight back into training after the Canterbury champs and were

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looking good. “The work rate of the seniors right down to the juniors has been great. We are putting in the ground work and mileage now with one eye on Maadi,” he said. Rangi Ruru also had a successful outing at the weekend with six golds – two of which came in the women’s novice eights and intermediate eights – five silvers and one bronze. At the South Island champs last year, Rangi Ruru won gold in the girls under-16 coxed four, girls under-17 coxed four, girls under-15 eights, girls under-17 eights and women’s under-19 eights.

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