Rowing Academy

A combined Rowing Academy operates before school for Year 9 girls and boys, with Year 10 operating after-school.

The emphasis of the Rowing Academy is to develop foundations in strength, fitness, skill acquisition, technical knowledge, nutrition and psychology. Embedded in the programme is the long standing success of Rowing at MAGS.  By the end of their time in the Rowing Academy, students should be competing for a seat in the MAGS girls and boys 1st VIII, competitive on the National stage, and aiming for Junior representation. Alumni of the academy have gone on to represent New Zealand, the North Island and gain recruitment to Yale and Cornell.


· To develop rowers who can succeed as individuals and as part of a team at First VIII level and beyond.

· To create the fittest, most skilled school athletes in the country.




Y8 Recruitment
Participation in Y9 Rowing Academy
Begin Novice season
20 girls
20 boys
Invitation to Year 10 Rowing Academy
Participation in Year 10 Rowing Academy
Begin U16 season, start training with senior group
18 girls
18 boys
Selection into First VIII 8 girls + coxswain
8 boys + coxswain


Our rowers are members of West End Rowing Club, the home of World and Olympic Champion Mahe Drysdale and Olympic bronze medalist Juliette Haigh. MAGS rowers also have access to top class weight training and cardio equipment, both at the school and off-site. We have a team of coaches with a wealth of representative experience.


Before attending Mount Albert Grammar School, students may attend a rowing trial at the end of Year 8. A further opportunity to trial for the Rowing Academy will be provided in Term 1.


All Junior rowers must meet the following expectations:

· Row for the school in Years 9 and 10

· Attend all team trainings and competitions

· Behave appropriately in class and perform to their potential academically


For more information about the Mount Albert Grammar School Rowing Academy, contact:

Hasan Pathan
Assistant Director of Rowing

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