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Pukekohe High School Rowing
TIC Vikki Lidgett
Coaching Team
Charles Higgie
Mike Ruiterman
Alan Cleaver


If you are interested in rowing for a summer sport.  Now is a good time for you to be introduced and it is available at a venue close to Pukekohe, the Mercer Rowing Club.

Rowing is a great all-round disciplined sport requiring both strength and aerobic ability.
At the recently completed Maadi Cup Regatta which is the NZ Secondary Schools Championships there were 2000 rowers from 100 schools nation wide. It is the biggest school’s sporting event in the southern hemisphere. To find more information check out the Maadi Cup on website www.rowit.co.nz or www.maadi.co.nz

How it works.

Firstly you join the Mercer Rowing Club.  You will be placed in a crew ideally consisting of 9 or 10 rowers plus a coxswain. Regular training would commence after winter codes have completed. You are assigned a coach and row for the club, entering regattas until early February when the club season finishes.  From then on all rowing is for the Pukekohe High School. Your club coach would continue with your crew for both the club and school season.
It is with the school’s rowing that the ultimate targets lie.  That is the North Island Schools Regatta and then the Maadi Cup being the main events.  Entry is not automatic.  There are standards set by the High School that must be achieved. Therefore as the season progresses the intensity of the training increases.

Mercer Rowing Club was founded in 1909 and is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for all those interested in rowing within the Counties region.  The mission statement of the club is

“To foster and encourage rowers to reach their potential at a national and international level and achieve personal goals in fitness and performance”. 

The club has produced a number of international rowers in the last ten years and past members competing internationally include Eric Murray, Richard Beaumont and Paula Twining.   Eric Murray is about to compete at the Olympic Games in Britain.
The club is located on the Waikato River by the Mercer Bridge.  It is the best training water for rowing in Auckland. We are very fortunate to have such a facility at our back door.  It is very popular during the summer with several different schools and clubs hiring the hall for training camps.

A novice rower is a person who has never rowed or been registered as a rower with Rowing NZ and/or entered in a sanctioned regatta.  

The age groups are;
Under 15 on Jan 1 2017
Under 16 on Jan 1 2017
Under 17 on Jan 1 2017
Under 18 on Jan 1 2017

The follow subscriptions are valid for the 2016/17 season.
Novice            $495 + $250 levy (it is hoped the levy will covered with a grant)
Coxswain       $110

The subscriptions cover equipment, boat maintenance, coaching, race entries and affiliation fees to Auckland and New Zealand Rowing Association’s.

Any enquiries contact: Vikki Lidgett (Food Tech at school)

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