The Columba College Rowing squad has had an impressive start to the year representing the school well on Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel. The Canterbury Rowing Championships were held on 14-15 January with two Fours taking first place. These were the Club Women’s Coxed Four - Milly Nesbit, Clora Quinlan-Thompson, Callie Turner, Abby Anderson and Megan Maslin (cox) and the U17 Four of Amber Cunningham, Ellen Foley, Abby Anderson, Millie Wright and Megan Maslin (cox). It was very disappointing that some of the finals were called off due to windy weather, however all of the Columba crews displayed strong efforts in their heats.
After the squad had trained solidly right through the summer holidays, everyone was determined to do well at the South Island Rowing Championships. This was held in the final weekend of the holidays (28-29 January) with medals up for grabs! This determination of the squad was shown clearly and paid off with the best ever results at the regatta the school has had yet.
U19 Four- Milly Nesbit, Clora Quinlan-Thompson, Callie Turner, Abby Anderson and Megan Maslin (cox) took out gold.
U17 Four - Amber Cunningham, Ellen Foley, Abby Anderson, Millie Wright and Megan Maslin (cox) won silver.
This regatta was also affected by weather with the last finals raced over 1000m rather than 2000m which the girls were used to, however this didn’t affect their success.
U17 Eight - Milly Nesbit, Abby Anderson, Callie Turner, Ellen Foley, Amber Cunningham, Abby Griffin, Sophie Anderson, Millie Wright and Megan Maslin (cox) claimed bronze.
U19 Eight - Milly Nesbit, Abby Anderson, Callie Turner, Clora Quinlan-Thompson, Amber Cunningham, Ellen Foley, Ella Smillie, Millie Wright and Megan Maslin (cox) took bronze.
Columba College was represented at National Rowing Championships held on Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel 14-18 February by Milly Nesbit, Clora Quinlan-Thompson, Callie Turner, Abby Anderson and old girl Margot Darling (cox) who competed in the U18 four. They got off to a great start by winning their heat 8 seconds ahead of second place. This ranked them 3rd going into the final, however the girls improved this ranking with a gutsy effort in what ended up being an incredibly tight race. They placed a very respectable 2nd, with just 1 second between 1st and 4th place.
The Columba rowing squad is going from strength to strength under the expertise of coaches Natalie Matheson and Matthew Adam and is looking to continue this form at both South Island and New Zealand Secondary Schools regattas.