Golden glow: Marley King-Smith, left, and Sam McAtamney celebrate winning gold


Wakatipu High punched above its weight at the Maadi Cup secondary schools’ rowing regatta at Lake Karapiro in the North Island last week.

Out of a record field of 2623 rowers from 122 schools, Wakatipu picked up one gold, two bronzes and the ‘coxswain of the regatta’ trophy.

The under-16 boys’ double sculls, Sam McAtamney and Marley King-Smith, won gold and the girls’ U16 double sculls, Olivia Key and Neve Bates, won bronze.

The boys’ U15 coxed octuple sculls — Toby Rorrison, Luka Bouchier, Josh Viana, Marley
King-Smith, Logan Noton, Ashley White, Ben Campbell, Ben Hogan and cox Charlotte Muir — also won bronze.

Charlotte also won the Simon Brigg Trophy for coxing the most crews — four — into A finals.

Her dad, coach Shane Muir, says Wakatipu High’s performance was ‘‘exceptionally good’’ considering the regatta was cancelled last year and this year’s crews were all competing at Maadi for the first time.