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MAGS’ Rowing squad achieved a clutch of 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings at the Karapiro Club Regatta, with Year 11 student Holly Chaafe claiming a hat trick of wins.

Holly (left) won the Under 16 Girls Single, the Under 18 Girls Single and the Under 16 Girls Double with Marieke Richards. Lydia Finch and Olivia Alberts came 2nd in the Under 16 Girls Double, while our Intermediate and Novice Girl Octuple Eights came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In total MAGSROW made 14 A Finals and six B Finals. Our Under 18 Boys Eight made the A Final of their blue ribbon event, coming 6th.

The squad is now back training in preparation for the Christmas Regatta back at Lake Karapiro from December 15-17.

2015 Albertian rower Jonathan Winter has helped his Yale university team to its first ever win of the US National Rowing Championships.

Jonathan (pictured above holding plaque) gained a place at Yale last year following his success with MAGS’ rowing programme and New Zealand selection for the World Junior Championships in 2015 and 2016.

He was in Yale’s Second VIII but was called into the second seat of the First VIII for the crucial race, which Yale won by less than a tenth of a second in 5:29.900 ahead of favourites Washington State. It was the first time in Yale’s 165 year history of rowing competition that the east coast university has claimed the national title.

Jonathan is studying for a degree in Economics.

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Two Albertians who won rowing medals for MAGS and have represented New Zealand are now studying and rowing at Ivy League American universities.

Carl Pracey (far left) is heading to Cornell University in New York, and Jonathan Winter is at Yale University in Conneticut. Both completed their studies at MAGS in 2015, and in their final rowing season were part of the Eight which made the A Final of the Maadi Cup for the first time in 53 years. Jonathan was selected for the NZ Junior squad in 2015 and raced for New Zealand at the Junior World Championships in Rio; he and Carl were selected for the squad in 2016 and competed in the Netherlands.

Between their rowing training for the university teams, Jonathan is studying for a degree in Economics, and Carl will study Agricultural Science with a minor in Climate Change.

The MAGS Rowing squad continued to go from strength to strength in securing 11 final positions at the Maadi Cup NZSS Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro from 27 March-2 April.

MAGS crews lined up in three A Finals and eight B Finals, up on our tally of two As and four Bs in 2016, at what is one of the largest high school sporting events in the southern hemisphere. More than 2000 students from over 120 schools took part.

The Under 16 Boys Four and Under 15 Boys Four won their B Finals, while another Under 15 Boys Four came a creditable 5th in the A Final. Our Under 15 Eight and Under 16 Eight also made A finals. Two or our girls’ crews made B finals, finishing among the top 13 in the country.

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm attended the two finals days of this prestigious event, and said the positive attitude among the squad and support crew was impressive. “Our success in the younger age groups gives us an encouraging platform to build on for the future,” said Mr Drumm.

MAGS rowers battled through last weekend’s rainstorm to make the podium three times at the North Island Secondary Schools Championships at Lake Karapiro.

Bronze medals were won by our Girls Under 15 Four, Boys Under 15 Four and Boys Under 16 Eight.

In all, MAGS crews made six A Finals and six B Finals at this competitive regatta, in which schools from all over the North Island took part.

MAGS’ Rowing squad came away with two Golds and a Bronze at the 2016-17 Auckland Championships, known as the Head of the Harbour, at Lake Pupuke, on Saturday, 11 February.

Held in windy but fine conditions, the Boys Under 16 Four and Boys Under 15 Four won Gold, the Boys Under 16 Eight won Bronze, and several other crews were not far off the podium in fourth place. 

MAGS’ rowing crews featured in 15 finals at the Cambridge Town Cup regatta at Lake Karapiro over Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

Top results were 2nd place for the Boys Under 16 Four, and 3rd place for the Boys Under 16 Eight. MAGS claimed spots in four other A Finals, our Girls Under 15 Double won their B Final, and Captain Mark Lawrence came 3rd in his Under 18 Single B Final.

Two third placings for MAGSROW’s boys’ Eights topped a successful weekend at the annual Christmas Regatta at Lake Karapiro from December 16-18.

The Novice Boys’ Eight and Under 16 Boys Eight each took Bronze places in their A finals. Other A finalists were the Boys Under 16 Four and the Girls Under 16 Double. Four crews also made B finals at the large event that sees clubs and schools fighting for finals spots through tough criteria.

Another highlight of the weekend was the naming ceremony for two new boats bought with money fundraised by rowers and parents. The high performance Four/Quad boats are named after two successful former MAGS rowers, Charlotte Pearce and Jono Winter. Charlotte was one of our foundation girl rowers, and Jono has twice represented New Zealand with the NZ Juniors rowing squad and is now studying at Yale University in America on a rowing scholarship.

MAGSROW’s first Karapiro regatta of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, 19 November, was an opportunity for our Novices to scope out a 2km course and familiarise themselves with the logistics of a big regatta, and for our Senior rowers to get back in the swing of racing on the North Island’s ‘home’ track.

Rather than races against boats of the same class, the crews underwent time trials in heats and finals against a variety of boats.

Some good times were made and a great benchmark has been set for the up and coming regattas.

We are continuing to train hard and are looking forward to the Christmas Regatta at Lake Karapiro in mid-December.

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Carl Pracey and Jonathan Winter, who completed four seasons rowing for MAGS last year, came 4th in the NZ Junior Eight at the World Rowing Juniors Championships in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in August, 2016.

Carl (front row, second from right) was in 2 seat and Jonathan (right) rowed in 3. Jonathan rowed at the Junior Worlds in Rio last year in the Four with fellow MAGS rower Fergus McSwiney.

Both Carl and Jonathan helped their MAGS crews win a number of medals at Head of the Harbour Auckland Championships and the North Island Championships as they progressed through the age groups, and in their final season helped take their Under 18 Pairs, Four and Eight to the A Finals at Maadi. Jonathan won Silver at Maadi in the Pair with Fergus McSwiney.

MAGS took 23 athletes to the NZSS Maadi Cup, this year held in Twizel in the South Island from 1-9 April.

We achieved two A Finals and four B Finals in what has been a rebuilding year for the squad. Head Boy Tom Butler and fellow rower Cole Brann did well to make the top 8 in the prestigious Under 18 Pair, our Under 15 Boys Four also made an A Final, and the Under 15 Girls Four won their B Final and achieved the 5th best time overall.

Cole Brann (centre) and Tom Butler with coach Callum Ross

The Boys Under 15 Four with coach and MAGS Director of Rowing Will Maling

Medals in two prestigious events, plus a haul of six A Finals and 5 B Finals, marked a successful weekend of competition for MAGSROW at the North Island Championships, held at Lake Karapiro from 18-20 March.

MAGS Head Boy Tom Butler, together with Cole Brann, won Bronze in the blue ribbon event of the Under 18 Boys Pair. Later in the day the Under 15 Boys Four won Silver in an event considered a marker of future success. Pictured above are, from left, Marcus Winter, Anton Waldmann, Fraser Lewins, Lewis Brown, Hugo Young and coach Will Maling.

We had a range of girls’ and boys’ crews start in other finals, with the Under 18 Boys Double and Under 17 Girls Double winning their B events.

A squad has now been selected to represent Mount Albert Grammar at the Maadi Cup NZSS Championships, to be held in Twizel in the South Island from 4-9 April.