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When you think about rowing in New Zealand, do you picture the Olympic Games, gold medal success and being proud “Kiwis”?

St Bede’s College has been involved in rowing for over fifty years and currently has 40 boys, from various walks of life, actively participating in the sport. The discipline and dedication that the boys gain through their involvement in rowing will be with them for the rest of their lives.

St Bede’s Rowing Committee is responsible for all organisational aspects of the sport. This includes coaching, travel, accommodation, fund raising, food, uniforms and plant maintenance and replacement. The Committee ensures that all boys have every opportunity to excel at rowing to their highest ability.

St Bede’s Rowing History

For many years St Bede’s has achieved excellent results and produced outstanding rowers who have gone on to represent both Canterbury and New Zealand. With its proud rowing history, a St Bede’s Old Boy has been in every NZ Olympic Rowing team since 1964 (see Appendix 1). This success has continued recently, and in 2007 Ben Wooding was selected for the world championships and in 2008 William Meates was selected for a New Zealand U18 eight.

Greg Brand (bow seat) was selected in the 2011 NZ Under 18 4 to compete at the this year’s worlds competed at Eton in England in August. Greg’s team finished with the Silver Medal.

In 2012, David Brydon (Y11) was a member of the victorious South Island U18 crew that was unbeaten against the North Island in the annual inter-island regatta at Lake Karapiro in April.

The head coach is Alex Meates who is one of the most successful junior coaches in NZ, he heads the South Island U18 program as well as St Bede’s. The program is overseen by current NZ selector and former Olympic rower David Lindstrom. These are paid positions and depending on numbers other coaches (mostly current adult rowers) are co-opted to help. Steve McArthur who is a former Avon Premier and NZ Squad member is part of the coaching team, on a voluntary basis. The aim is for a ratio of 1 coach per 12 rowers, with all the boys being coached by all the coaches.

Contact Clare Kissick, 375 1877, 021 220 3718, St Bede’s Sports Coordinator.

Rowing Links:
New Zealand Rowing Association: http://www.rowingnz.com

New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association: http://www.schoolrowing.org.nz

ROWIT: regatta events website: http://www.rowit.co.nz

Avon Rowing Club: http://www.avonrowingclub.com