Rowers from Marlborough secondary schools warmed up for the forthcoming Maadi Cup with a string of promising performances at the South Island schools champs raced on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Eight medals were claimed by crews from Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ College, plus Queen Charlotte College.
The MBC boys under-16 coxed quad took out their event, the crew comprising Sam Feltham, Ashley-James Fitzgerald, Rhys Salvador, Dylan Burton and coxswain Oliver Price. Also striking gold was the MGC under-17 pair of Meg Flanagan and Liv Theodore, plus their schoolmates, the under-18 novice coxed four of Daisy Vavasour, Lexi Timpson, Emma Flanagan, Molly Glover and cox Lara Bacchus.
The MBC under-15 coxed four of Shane Henry, Zac Jenkins, Hugh Straker, Lochlan Gilmour and cox Joe Judge took silver, as did the MGC under-16 coxed four of Georgia MacDonald, Holly Feltham, Maggie Lane, Paige Materoa and Bacchus. Also claiming a silver medal was the QCC under-17 girls pair of Charlotte Lightfoot and Jamie Cunningham.
William Dunkley from QCC bagged bronze in the under-16 single, while Feltham, Fitzgerald, Salvador, Burton and Price also placed third in the under-16 coxed four.
MGC rowers were also close to the podium on two more occasions, their under-17 coxed four and under-18 double finishing fourth in A finals, a feat shared by MBC sculler Fred Vavasour.