Flynn Mercer, Toby Middleton, Buster Jennings, Bryce Stace with cox Flynn Hennessy claimed gold in the U/16 Boys Quad in Twizel. Photo: Karmyn Ingram.

College rowers lead the way


The next generation of Nelson rowers flexed their muscles South Island Club Champs bringing home a slew of medals as they set their sights on one of the country’s most coveted prizes.

It was the college rowers making a statement on the water claiming gold in the U16 double sculls and intermediate quad.

The Nelson Rowing Club were regulars on the podium at Lake Ruataniwha claiming a total haul of three gold, five silver and three bronze.

Comprised of 34 college rowers, seven club rowers (rowers under 27 who have left school) and three Masters rowers (27 years and over),the club also made another 12 A Finals and 8 B Finals.

Club administrator Fiona Lulham says this tally could have been even higher if not for unfavourable conditions.

“There was a delayed start to finals day on Sunday due to windy conditions and the Nelson team had to leave Twizel before the end of the Regatta for the ten hour return bus journey home.”

She says College rowers Flynn Mercer and Bryce Stace had an outstanding regatta, winning gold in the Boys U/16 Double Sculls, and then teaming up with Toby Middleton, Buster Jennings and cox Flynn Hennessy to win gold in the Men’s Intermediate Coxed Quad.

Mercer and Stace also rowed with Rico Fraser, Ollie Ransom and Hennessy to take the silver in the Boys U/17 Coxed Squad Sculls.

“Our Master rowers were not to be outdone by their younger counterparts by adding three silvers and one bronze to the tally.”

Elsewhere, Eva Lloyd and Macy Kappely joined forces with rowers from Wairau Rowing Club to win gold in the Women’s Club Quad Sculls.

Fiona says the club’s college rowers will now enter an intense training phase.

“This will be in preparation for the South Island Secondary Schools regatta in March where they will compete for their respective schools and the pinnacle event, New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships, better known as Maadi Cup in April.”