Rowing

Rowing at Sacred Heart College has had three distinct periods since the College embraced the sport in 1936. The first period was 1936 to 1954 when the College was located on the Richmond Rd site. After the move to the Glen Innes site, rowing went into abeyance from 1955 till the second period which lasted from 1970 till 1978. It then went into abeyance again until 1995 – a period that has endured till the present day.

The standard of rowing at New Zealand secondary school level continues to rise and the College has adopted two initiatives to reach those standards. The College has endeavoured to have the boys compete in high class boats and the original four boats of the 1930s have now become 8 eights; 8 fours; 5 doubles. The College also adopted the policy that boats would be named after an aspect of the College’s Catholic Marist Character and, in alternate years, in honour of a person who has given many years of service to Sacred Heart Rowing. Thus the newer boats have been named: Cecilia Fitz-Gerald, Esto Vir and Jim Dale.

The second initiative was to have the College employ a professional coach as Head of Rowing in line with similar positions in the College’s other major sports. Since this policy was adopted Mike Whittaker, Kirsty Dunhill, Mike O'Brien, Greg Reid, Ian Bright and Mark Clemo (the current Head) have been employed. These two initiatives have allowed the College to be more competitive in regattas throughout the season.

Our connection to Sacred Heart old boy rowers is growing, and in the near future a Sacred Oarsman project will see all of our rowers, all the way back to the 1936/37 season issued with a number that will identify them as a Sacred Heart Rower.

Sacred Heart College Rowing Club Awards 2017/2018 
Most Improved U15 Rower Thomas Clingin
Most Improved U16 Rower Max Burgraaf
Most Improved U17 Rower Xavier Yates
Most Improved U18 Rower Josh Kingston
Most Improved Novice Henry Rea
Best Rower U15 Xavier Smidt
Best Rower U16 Adam Clark
Best Rower U17 Hamish McKay
Best Rower U18 Callum Smidt
Best Novice Tom Keeling
Most Improved Coxswain Cameron McKinley
Best Coxswain Callum Miller
Best Erg Time (Tom Polo cup) Adam Clark
Attitude and Commitment Liam Maguire
Best Crew Spirit U15 Squad
Best Crew - Four U16 4+
Best Crew - Eight U15 8+
Exceptional Performance U16 4+ NISS Gold
Most Improved Rower Xavier Yates
Best Rower Adam Clark