Kia Ora Everyone
This day sheet wraps up the season and provides a few reminders of key events coming up. We will still have occasional email updates over the winter period but day sheets will not be regularly produced until about August
End of Season Celebration
A reminder that our end of season celebration will be held next Thursday - all rowers and families are welcome to join us to celebrate our ‘graduating’ rowers and thank our coaches and supporters.
The event will be at the student centre at school on Thursday 12 April at 7pm. Could each family please bring a plate to contribute to a shared supper.
Wellington Rowing Club Prizegiving will be held on 5 May, 7pm at the Clubrooms. This is a semi-formal event and crews and individuals from across the club will be recognised, including some of our own members no doubt. Come along and support the nominees and meet some of the wider club community.
Senior rowers – the WRC year 13 function will be on 13 April 6pm - please RSVP to Olwyn so I know who intends to come
Maadi (NZ Secondary School Rowing Champs) was in Twizel this year and we took a squad of eight to the event. It was a fantastic event and we had some great results. Everyone achieved finals which was awesome.
Olivia Clark and Constance Stirling won the bronze medal for their double, (so 3rd in the country for that age group event) They just missed the bronze for their Pair by 2 seconds. Sumer Harker and Oli Fahey got 5th in the A final for their Pair. Full results are listed at the end of this newsletter along with a few photos
The NZ Rowing trial selections were announced following Maadi. Olivia Clark has been selected to trial for NZ Juniors and Ella Greenslade has been selected to trial for NZ U18's as coxswain. Congratulations to you both!
We also won the T-shirt competition with an outstanding design idea from Elliot McCabe 😊
Maadi thank you
In addition to the fantastic Maadi results by our rowers, a big thank you to our coaches Jared and Tufi and the parents on 'duty' – Myself, Steve, Paul and Steph. And also, a huge thanks to Terry and Deidre who made the long journey between Wellington and Twizel twice to transport the boats there and back for all of our WRC schools.
End of season thank you - From Stephanie:
As the volunteer coordinator, I just wanted to say a big thank-you to all of our families for taking on various parent support roles this season. Parent help is essential in rowing in order to get our rowers and coaches to events they want to attend and to enable the operation of a successful rowing season. Every family has stepped forward to take on some kind of role which has been fantastic - from transport, organising school forms, regatta and camp coordinators and parent help, transport to Ruamahanga, boat maintenance, boat loading, squad managers, cleaning kitchen gear, first aid, fundraising and grants, accommodation, uniforms, lunch orders, committee roles, etc. So, THANK YOU very much - your time and effort is very much appreciated.
It has been a fabulous rowing season with a great bunch of enthusiastic and committed students, coaches, parents and other supporters.
Thinking ahead to next season... if you would like to continue in a particular role you did this year, then that would be perfect! I'll check in with you before we kick off again. There will also be a few jobs up for grabs as a number of our senior rowers depart the sport - along with their parents! So hopefully your son/daughter is keen to do another round of rowing and I'll be emailing again soon!
Coach Thank you
Our programme relies on a exceptional group of volunteer coaches and this season we have had a very high calibre and committed team – we will thank them in person on the 12th – but for the record a huge vote of thanks to:
Tufi Sele – Senior Girls Squad
Brent Dunshea – Girls Squad
Jared Cummings and Warwick Fowlie – Senior Boys
Jason Theobald, Dylan Fraser and William Fahey – Novice Boys Squad
Tina Manker – School Liaison
Deidre and Terry - Coach mentoring and a huge amount of general support!
We hope to see many of you back again for next season – but meanwhile thanks for your time, expertise and the great contribution to our programme this season.
Book-fair – we still need your help!
Last day sheet I asked for a team to step up to look after the book fair but have had no response so-far. This is a vital and hopefully fun role and is essential to us being able to reimburse our coaches for expenses each year. Please consider if you can assist with the coordination of this – we need a team of 2-3 to coordinate it (with many more hands involved in other tasks like book collection, set up and on the day assistance). We would like expressions of interest/volunteers for this ASAP – but before our 12 April get-together. Please email me.
Stephanie Clark President of OCRC.