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; 7 fours; 5 doubles. The College also adopted the policy that boats would alternatively be named after an aspect of the College’s Catholic Marist Character and 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 Director of Rowing in line with similar positions in the College’s other major sports. Since this policy was adopted Mike Whittaker, Kirsty Dunhill and Greg Reid (the current Director) 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 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 2015/2016 - May 2016
U15 Best Rower  Hamish McKay
U15 Most Improved Rower Liam Clouth
U16 Best Rower Callum Smidt
U16 Most Improved Rower Louis O'Brien
U17 & 18 Best Rower George Hsylop
U17 & 18 Most Improved Rower Nathan Collins
Best Novice Tim Farrell
Most Improved Novice Liam Zinzley
Best Coxswain Massimo Nicholas
Most Improved Coxswain Louis Wall
Attitude and Commitment Conor Nelson
Best Crew Spirit Tom Polo
Best Crew 2015/2016 Novice Eight (Theo Wright, Tim Farrell, Luca Kirwan
Liam Zinzley, Lawrence Foliaki, Cairo Taupo,
Hamish McKay, Tanner Butler, cox - Massimo Nicholas)
Exceptional Performance Lightweight Four (Sean Paget, Conor Nelson, 
Hamish Blackhall, Nathan Collins)
Best Rower - Br Terence Costello Cup Henry Lynch
Most Improved Rower - Peter Waite Memorial Trophy       Will Yates
Best Performing Four - Leef Memorial Cup  U18 Novice Four (Tim Farrell, Luca Kirwan, 
Liam Zinzley, Theo Wright, cox - Ben Tyson
Coach of the Year Mike O'Brien
Contribution to SHC Rowing Jason Renau
For Services to Sacred Heart Sara-Jayne Kingston, Jeff Tyson

Sacred Heart College Rowing Club Awards for 2014/2015 Season - May 2015 
U 15 Best Rower                              Jared August
U 15 Most Improved Rower Callum Smidt
U 16 Best Rower  Sean Paget
U 16 Most Improved Rower Josh Purdon
U 17 & 18 Best Rower  Conor Nelson
U 17 & 18 Most Improved Rower Henry Lynch
Best Novice Quinn O'Brien
Most Improved Novice  Vedran Ilich
Best Coxswain Ryan Olsen
Most Improved Coxswain Jeffrey Small
Attitude and Commitment                                                    Nathan Collins 
Best Crew Spirit 2015       Fergus Meldrum
Best Crew 2015 Novice 8
(Quinn O'Brien, Tom Henderson, Jared August,
Vedran Ilich, Patrick Spencer, Malkome Vaka,
Isaac Screen, George Grbix, Cox - Massimo Nicholas)
Exceptional Performance  Lightweight Double (Connor Nelson, Hamish Blackhall) 
Best Rower 2015, Br Terence Costello Cup Jared August
Most Improved Rower - Peter Waite Memorial Cup Connor Nelson
Best Performing Four - Leef Memorial Cup U16 Four (Sean Paget, Tom Newton, Henry and George
Hyslop, cox - Ben Tyson) 
Coach of the Year  Liam Bradley
Contribution to SHC Rowing  Fergus, Nick, Chris, Liam, Joe, Anton, Ben
For Services to Sacred Heart Rowing  Bruce Lodder, Eric Olsen, Andy Brokenshire
Sacred Heart College Rowing Club Awards for 2013/2014 Season - 8 May 2014
U 18 Best Rower Harrison Fookes
U 18 Most Improved Rower Ricardo Garelja
U 17 Best Rower Fergus Meldrum
U 17 Most Improved Rower Joe Watson
U 16 Best Rower Tom Polo
U 16 Most Improved Rower Connor Nelson
U 15 Best Rower George Hyslop
U 15 Most Improved Rower Henry Hyslop
Best Overall Sweep Oarsman  Oliver Tattersall 
Best Overall Sculler  Richard Irwin
Best Novice Rower Oliver Worsley and Anton Illich
Best Coxswain Ben Tyson
Most Improved Coxswain Ryan Olsen

SHC Sports Awards - Rowing Recipients
The SHC Sports Awards Dinner was held Friday 17 October, 2014. Rowing Sports awards recipients for 2013/2014 were:
The Peter Waite Memorial Trophy for the Most Improver Rower - Joseph Watson
The Br Terence Costello Cup for Outstanding Rower of the Year - Richard Irwin
Best Cox - Ben Tyson
The Leaf Memorial Trophy for the Best Performing Four - Liam Durkin, Harrison Fookes, Ricardo Garelja, Richard Irwin

Auckland Rowing Club Prizegiving - 11 May 2013
Sacred Heart Rowing won 2 ARC Prizes in the 2012/2013 Season.
  • The Thomas Henderson Trophy awarded for "Most Competitive" Crew awarded to the Sacred Heart Under 18 Lightweight Men's four.
    Oliver Tattersall | Harrions Fookes | Liam Durkin | Sam Archer | Ben Tyson (cox)
  • The Hillary Jellie Shield awarded to the Sacred Heart Under 15 8+ for accumulated the most number of points by a mens crew.
    Richard Irwin (stroke) | Chris Brokenshire | Nick Brokenshire | Thomas Polo | Luke Simonsen | Davian Beckham | Mitchell Stone | Johnathan Edwards | Ben Tyson (cox)
Skiff Name Configuration Seats Manufacturer
Peter Fraher Octo 8  8 TBA 
Confortare Sweep 8 Hudson 
Tom Flood Sweep 8 TBA 
Sancta Maria Sweep 8 TBA 
Mike Whittaker Sweep 8 Hudson 
Chris Klaassen Sweep 8 Hudson 
Cecilia Fitz-Gerald Sweep/Scull 8 Kirs
Jim Dale Sweep 8 Hudson
Br Terence Costello Sweep 4 Kirs 
Dudley Storey Sweep 4 TBA 
Wayne Bradley Sweep / Scull 4 Hudson 
Alex Hoss Sweep 4 Hudson 
Champagnat Sweep 4 Hudson 
Ngakau Tapu Sweep 4 Hudson 
Maria Bryant Sculling 4 Kirs 
John Tattersall Sculling 2 Filippi
Peter Jansen Sculling 2 Kirs 
John Williamson Sculling  2 Kirs 
Terry Dolan Sweep 2 Kirs
Esto Vir Sweep 2 Hudson


Sacred Heart College Zoot suit
Sacred Heart College Rowing polo
Sacred Heart College Rowing thermal (need at least two)
Coxswain specific – Sacred Heart red/white T-shirt
ARC Rowing singlet – purchased through Auckland Rowing Club – bulk order placed at the start of each season.

PE Shorts
Tracksuit jacket
Sacred Heart College cap
Track shoes
Lots of white sports socks

Purchases and Prices
All uniform requirements can be purchased from the Uniform Shop. Please click on the link to view the opening hours and price list.

logo 2015/2016  Regatta Dates

NB: some dates are provisional at this stage
Date Regatta Venue
 10 -11 October ARA & Novice Dashes Lake Pupuke
 24 October Waitemata Takapuna Regatta Lake Pupuke
 14 November KRI Spring Regatta Lake Karapiro
 21 November Bennet Shield Lake Pupuke 
 28 November Karapiro Club Regatta Lake Karapiro
 11-13 December Christmas Regatta ( KR1) Lake Karapiro


23-24 January  Blue Lake Regatta Rotorua 
24-28 January   January Camp - Finlay Park  Lake Karapiro
29-31 January Cambridge Town Cup (KR2) Regatta  Lake Karapiro
12 February Westlake Junior Regatta  Lake Pupuke
13 February Head of Harbour  Lake Pupuke
16-21 February  NZ Rowing Champs  Lake Karapiro 
5 March MRP Junior Regatta (KR3)  Lake Karapiro
18-20 March  2015 Aon North Is Secondary School Championships Lake Karapiro
4-10 April  2015 Maadi Cup Lake Ruataniwha


logo 2015/2016 Maadi Cup and North Island Champs
Date Regatta Venue  
18 March - 20 March 2016 North Island SS Champs


Lake Karapiro boys U18 Novice eight - Gold
boys U18 Novice four - Gold
boys U18 Lightweight four - Gold
boys U17 eight - Bronze
boys U18 double - Bronze
View all SHC results
4-10 April 2016 Maadi Cup Regatta
Gold Silver
Lake Karapiro boys U18 Novice eight - Gold
boys U18 Novice four - Silver
View all SHC results

Previous Season's Results         

logo2014/2015 Maadi Cup and North Island Champs
Date Regatta Venue  
6 March - 8 March 2015 North Island SS Champs

 Silver Silver

Lake Karapiro boys U16 four- Silver
boys U18 Novice eight - Silver
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23-29 March 2015 Maadi Cup Regatta

Bronze  Silver

Lake Karapiro boys U16 four - Bronze
boys U18 novice eight - SILVER
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logo2013/2014 Maadi Cup and North Island Champs
Date Regatta Venue  
7 March - 9 March 2014 North Island SS Champs


Lake Karapiro boys under-17 double- Bronze
boys under 16 double - Bronze
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24-30 March 2014 Maadi Cup Regatta

Lake Ruataniwha  

logo 2012/2013 Maadi Cup and North Island Champs
Date Regatta Venue  
18 March - 22 March 2013 Maadi Cup Regatta    


Lake Karapiro boys under-18 lightweight coxed
four - Bronze
boys u15 coxed eight - Bronze
View all SHC Results
9-11 March 2013 North Island SS Champs


Lake Karapiro boys u18 eight Novice - Silver
boys u15 eight - Bronze
boys u16 eight - Bronze
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logo 2011/2012 Maadi Cup and North Island Champs

Date Regatta Venue  
26 March - 1 April 2012 Maadi Cup Regatta


Lake Ruataniwha boys u15 eight - Silver
boys u16 eight - Bronze
View all SHC Results
9-11 March 2012 North Island SS Champs


Lake Karapiro boys u18 eight Novice - Bronze
boys u15 eight - Gold
boys u16 eight - Gold
View all SHC Results


Auckland Rowing Club

Sacred Heart College on water training is held at the Auckland Rowing Club, Ian Shaw Park, Mt Wellington. Ian Shaw Park is at the Flat Rock area on the Tamaki River

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Lake Pupeke

Lake Pupuke domain is at the end of  Sylvan Park Avenue off Kitchener Road, Milford. Lake Pupuke. We attend five regattas here each season.

Directions from over Harbour Bridge:
•Take Northcote Road Off-ramp – Turn Right at lights
•Turn Left at Round about onto Taharoto Road
•Turn Right into Shakespeare Road and travel to next large Roundabout
•Turn Right into Kitchener Road
•Sylvan Park Ave is the 3rd Road on your right along Kitchener Road.

Allow plenty of time to get there as parking can be a challenge! Minimal parking is available in Sylvan Park Avenue. Alternative parking is available on Kitchener Road or nearby side streets.

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Lake Karapiro

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Cambridge Communtiy Marae

For regattas we attend at Lake Karapiro, the boys stay at the Cambridge Community Marae at 3 Bracken Street, Leamington, Cambridge

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Mercer Rowing Club

Mercer Rowing Club is set on the Waikato River at Mercer giving it excellent training water in each direction. We hold our annual January rowing camps here.

Directions from past Bombay Hills:
•Exit SH1 at Mercer
•Follow the road over Mercer Bridge across the river
•Take the first right (metal road) down to the club house.

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Lake Ruataniwha

Lake Ruataniwha is located in the Mackenzie Basin in New Zealand’s South Island. An artificial lake, it was formed as part of the Waitaki hydroelectric project. It lies on the traditional boundary of the Canterbury and Otago provinces with the town of Twizel two kilometres to the north.

How to get there
You can fly into Queenstown or Christchurch and drive from there.

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Click here for some accommodation options.

Maadi Cup
The Maadi Cup regatta is the largest school sports event in the Southern Hemisphere and is held alternatively at Lake Karapiro in the Waikato region, and Lake Ruataniwha, near Twizel every year in March. The next the Maadi Cup regatta will be held at Lake Ruataniwha from 24-30 March 2014.


Teacher-in-Charge        Mr Jason Renau                     021 511 172 
Rowing Captain - 2015/2016               Henry Lynch  
Chairperson Mrs Cecilia Fitz-Gerald         021 731 466
Secretary  Mrs Robyn Purdon 021 506 831
Treasurer  Mr Andrew Fookes  021 179 9150 
Director of Rowing  Mr Greg Reid  021 023 82519
Coach Mr Mike O'Brien 027 481 1758
Club Captain Mr Pete Lawson 021 363 060
Deputy Club Captain    
Boarder Liason Mr Bryce Bevin  
Camp Planning/Catering/Special Events      Mrs Sara-Jayne Kingston    
Transport  Manager Ms Lucy Stone 021 076 9895
Fundraising Manager    
Maintenance  Manager Mr Stephen Blackhall 021 474 378
Health and Safety Manager Mr Dave Harris 027 295 7880
Accommodation Officer /Uniform Manager                Mrs Nicky Collins 021 0219 8736
Communications Manager Mrs Geraldine Irwin 021 759 903
Life Members Br Terence Costello  
  Mr Chris Klaassen