Learn to Row for Sacred Heart College
The Sacred Heart Rowing Club is looking to recruit Years 9 - 12 rowers and coxswains for the 2021 - 2022 season.
Rowing is a fantastic team sport that will help boys develop fitness, strength, and time management skills. During the season we travel away for camps and regattas at Lake Karapiro, near Cambridge. Rowing for SHC also provides a good chance to mix with other schools at the Auckland Rowing Club. Other schools include Epsom Girls, Auckland Diocesan, Kings College, and Howick College.
In recent years SHC Rowing boys have put together some videos to show what Rowing at SHC is like. Find below a link to the most recent video, and a clip of the Sacred Heart College Novice Eight (this is an event specifically for rowers in their first year) becoming national champions at the Maadi Cup Regatta.
Rowing at Sacred Heart
Novice Eight - National Champions
SHC Rowing train out of the Auckland Rowing Club located at Ian Shaw Park in Mt Wellington. See map below.
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For further information please contact:
Mike O’Brien, Director of Rowing, on 027 481 1758
Alison Slyfield. Rowing Committee
Eric Olsen, Rowing Committee
General enquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Rowing at Sacred Heart College
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 and Ian Bright 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.
In 2021, two rowers have been names as School Prefects - Will Clingin and Jackson Dunn.
Sacred Heart Rowing has the following boats:
Tom Flood - member of the only SHC crew to win Maadi Cup in 1948; past president of Auckland Rowing Association and NZ Rowing Association, also involved in World Rowing Administration and the development of Lake Karapiro as a rowing venue
Br Terence Costello - taught at SHC for a number of years and coached SHC rowing for more than 10 years. He was a very successful coach for novice rowers.
Al Dryden - rowed with Dudley Storey in the Prince Phillip Challenge Cup in Henley in 1963 which they won. Member of NZ men's eight which came 4th in 1968 Olympics. Past President of Auckland Rowing Club.
Dudley Storey - SHC Old Boy; 1968 Olympic gold medalist coxed four; 1972 Olympic silver medalist coxless four; coached Baradene rowing and often helped coach SHC rowing.
John (Red) Williamson - former Club Captain of Auckland Rowing Club and NZ rowing coach, member of 1978 Karapiro World Rowing Committee; coached SHC teams late 1990s - 2008.
Peter Jansen - member of NZ eight who won silver medal in 1979 World Rowing Championship; SHC Old Boy, 2 sons rowed for SHC; coached for a few years and responsible for the reintroduction of rowing at SHC in the late 1990s
Alex Hos - sons Anthony and Joseph are Old boys and both rowed; Anthony was Head Prefect and Rowing Captain in 2008; Alex worked tirelessly at maintaining the boats, making sure boat equipment was set correctly for each crew.
Recent History and Results
2019 - Hamish McKay
2020 - Adam Clark
2021 - Blake Chamberlain/Robson Wallace
New Zealand Representatives
2021 - Luca Kirwan
Auckland Secondary Schools Championship (Head of Harbour)
U17 Coxed Quad Sculls - Gold
B Chamberlain, M Ward, O Leach, T Dufty + J Reelick
U16 Coxed Four - Gold
O Leach, K Field-Crafar, J Slyfield, T Dufty + J Gilligan
U18 Novice Coxed Eight - Gold
J Ashby, I Helu, T Helu, E Taito, H Madarasz-Holm, E Wood, T Oti, S Ware + J Reelick
U18 Novice Coxed Four - Bronze
U15 Coxed Four - Bronze
U16 Double Sculls - Silver
U18 Double Sculls - Silver
U18 Coxed Eight - Silver
U18 Coxed Quad Sculls - Silver
U18 Coxless Pair - Bronze
North Island Secondary Schools
U16 Coxed Four - Silver
U18 Novice Coxed Eight - Silver
U18 Coxed Eight - Bronze
U16 Coxed Four - Silver
U18 Novice Coxed Eight - Bronze
Sacred Heart College Rowing Club Awards 2019/2020
|Most Improved U15 Rower
|Most Improved U16 Rower
|Most Improved U17 Rower
|Most Improved U18 Rower
|Most Improved Novice
|Best Rower U15
|Best Rower U16
|Best Rower U17
|Best Rower U18
|Most Improved Coxswain
|Tom Polo Cup - Best Erg Time
|Best Junior 4 - Durkin Family Cup
||O Leach, J Takurua-Newland, J Slyfield, T Dufty, J Gilligan
|Best Over All 4 Cup
||X Smidt, A Clark, R Wallace, M Burggraaf, C Millar
|Best Crew 8 - SHC/HOT Trophy
||U17 8 - B Chamberlain, T Clingin, J Dunn, D Polo. M Ward, W Clingin, J Leeaupepetele, K Dean-Livers, C Millar
|Attitude and Commitment
||Josiah Leaupepetele and Michael Ray King-Farrington
|Best Crew Spirit
||U15 Oct - T Dufty, O Leach, J Takurua-Newland, M Seselj, J Slyfield, J Curtin, K Field-Crafar, H Ward, J Gilligan
||U18 4 NZ Club Champs, U19 4 Gold, 3 NZ Junior trialists, 1 Light Blues trialist
|Most Improved Rower