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
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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

Rowing Captains
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

Maadi Cup
U16 Coxed Four - Silver
U18 Novice Coxed Eight - Bronze

Sacred Heart College Rowing Club Awards 2019/2020
Most Improved U15 Rower Mateo Seselj
Most Improved U16 Rower Mattia Ward
Most Improved U17 Rower Robson Wallace
Most Improved U18 Rower Max Burggraaf
Most Improved Novice Tamiano Ahloo
Best Rower U15 Thomas Dufty
Best Rower U16 Blake Chamberlain
Best Rower U17 Xavier Smidt
Best Rower U18 Adam Clark
Best Novice Joshua Leaupepetele
Most Improved Coxswain Jack Reelick
Best Coxswain Callum Millar
Tom Polo Cup - Best Erg Time Adam Clark
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
Exceptional Performance U18 4 NZ Club Champs, U19 4 Gold, 3 NZ Junior trialists, 1 Light Blues trialist
Most Improved Rower Max Burggraaf
Best Rower Adam Clark