Fast crew coming through


Putting in the hard yards is paying off for Queenstown rowers (from front) Josh Speight, 14, Alex Hall, 14, Cam Williams, 15, and Michael Foley, 14. 

The dedicated team – with Marco Dyson in place of Josh – took out the under-15 coxed quadruple scull at a 1000 metre sprint regatta at Twizel last weekend. 

Michael and Marco also stormed home in the under-16 double scull, with Cam and Alex in third place. 

Their coach Annabel Ritchie says they are pleasing results for so early in the season. 

The boys work for it – spending more than seven hours a week on the water practising, along with a run around Lake Hayes on Saturdays. 

“It’s a pretty full-on schedule for them and uses up a lot of their weekends and limited social life but they’re all pretty competitive and keen to give it a good go, so it’s very encouraging,” Ritchie says. 

Josh and Matthew Nicolson, 14, are new recruits to the crew, who will slog 15km from Cromwell to Clyde in a race on Sunday. 

The boys have their sights set on winning the coveted Maadi Cup at the NZ Secondary School Championships at the North Island’s Lake Karapiro in March.