MAGSROW Quiz Night 2019

Everyone who was there will have to agree our annual quiz night was a total success and everyone had a lot of fun. Thank you to all the organisers and sponsors.

A huge debt of thanks is due to all of you and in particular to:

Julie – for generating the amazing prize pool for the auctions and raffle prizes

Sarah S – for drawing together all the key details that enabled the evening to happen

Mike M – consultation on how to run the evening

Lucille – helping to put together the evening

Roger M – sublime Quiz master and generous auction prize donor

John C – courageous auctioneer who drove the auctions so high they brought a tear to the eye

Roger M’s fabulous folks – working the refreshments table and making up the steering committee table guest numbers

Sanna – for managing the beverages

Bryan S –overseeing the rowers

Anna W and Logan C – for the wonderful order of beverages.

To all the generous prize donors and to all the table ticket purchasers, hearty bidders and raffle ticket buyers !!! Thank you, thank you!

To all the rowers – your efforts were key to the success of the evening – setting up, preparing nibbles and dessert, serving, selling raffle tickets, marking quiz answers and then coming back on Sunday to clean up afterward.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To all of our wonderful Sponsors!! You are all simply #Oarsome xx

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Cambridge Town Cup and NICC Regattas 2019

We had a very successful start to 2019 at the Cambridge Town Cup and NICC regattas. Lake Karapiro 2019

3 MAGSROW Alumni at the world's premier rowing event!

Fergus McSwiney, Carl Pracey and Jonathan Winter are all racing at the Henley Royal Regatta this week! Fergus is rowing for Waikato, Carl for Cornell, and Jono for Yale.

This is the stuff our dreams are made of! Three of ours who all became MAGSROW graduates at the end of 2015 now go on to row at arguably the world's most prestigious rowing event, taking the strength, excellence and grit they built in their early days at MAGSROW through to representing world famous universities. Wow... fantastic work boys!!!

Copy the following link into your browser for some photos through Rowing Celebration of this amazing event:

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Scroll down for some photos with thanks to the Henley Royal Regatta itself including Mahe Drysdale in WERC colours!

 

Courtesy of Henley Royal Regatta

Courtesy of Henley Royal Regatta

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Photos from the MAGSROW prizegiving May 2018

Look under MAGSROW "Honours Board" on this website to find the list of our award-winners. Congratulations to our very deserving winners! And what a night it was. We were privileged to have Steering Committee members and West End Rowing Club officials with us for the evening.

Hasan - Best Coxswain 2018

Hasan - Best Coxswain 2018

Holly - Best Contribution to Girls Rowing 2018

Holly - Best Contribution to Girls Rowing 2018

Jesse - Best Contribution to Boys Rowing 2018

Jesse - Best Contribution to Boys Rowing 2018

Anton - Most Improved Oarsman 2018

Anton - Most Improved Oarsman 2018

Hannah - Most Improved Oarswoman 2018

Hannah - Most Improved Oarswoman 2018

Dennis - Most Improved BU18 2018

Dennis - Most Improved BU18 2018

Marcus - Stroke - BU18 8 at Maadi

Marcus - Stroke - BU18 8 at Maadi

Head Coach Callum with our graduating rowers

Head Coach Callum with our graduating rowers

Nathan - Best Contribution BU18 2018

Nathan - Best Contribution BU18 2018

Lewis and Marcus BU17 Best Contribution and Most Improved 2018

Lewis and Marcus BU17 Best Contribution and Most Improved 2018

Anastasia - Most Improved GU17 2018

Anastasia - Most Improved GU17 2018

Sam - Most Improved BU16 2018

Sam - Most Improved BU16 2018

Marieke - Best Contribution GU16 2018

Marieke - Best Contribution GU16 2018

Ella - Most Improved GU15 2018

Ella - Most Improved GU15 2018

Alex - Best Contribution GU15 2018

Alex - Best Contribution GU15 2018

Captains Lachlan and Hannah

Captains Lachlan and Hannah

More Lake Ruataniwha photos Maadi 2018

The following photos have been supplied by one of the stalwart parents who supported the MAGSRowers for the entire Maadi 10 days. That type of support gives a unique insight into the modus operandi of each rower and you can see a certain level of care and interest reflected in his photos. Thanks Ian.

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North Island Secondary Schools regatta 1-4 Mar 2018

Hannah and Holly - 1st in U17 Girls Double. Holly Chaafe won two golds and a silver as part of the MAGSRow squad at the North Island Secondary School Championships at Lake Karapiro. She won silver in the U17 Single Scull, gold in the U16 Single Scull, and joined Hannah Zwalue to win gold in the U17 Double Scull. Coach John Cook.

Hannah and Holly - 1st in U17 Girls Double. Holly Chaafe won two golds and a silver as part of the MAGSRow squad at the North Island Secondary School Championships at Lake Karapiro.
She won silver in the U17 Single Scull, gold in the U16 Single Scull, and joined Hannah Zwalue to win gold in the U17 Double Scull. Coach John Cook.

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The Boys U15 Coxed Quad Sculls (as pictured above - Blake Jowsey, Ethan Welch, Callum Nicholson, Anthony Peters and Max Conder) won bronze medals. Coach Alex Brown.

The Boys U15 Coxed Quad Sculls (as pictured above - Blake Jowsey, Ethan Welch, Callum Nicholson, Anthony Peters and Max Conder) won bronze medals. Coach Alex Brown.

There were 1852 students from 93 schools entered in 5091 seats in 1391 crews. 301 races were required to complete the regatta and find the winners of all the 50 events.

All over, MAGSRow qualified into 13 x A finals and 7 x B finals and went on to bring home 2 x Gold Medals, 1 x Silver Medal and 1 x Bronze Medal.

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Holly does it again! 1st in both GU16 and GU17.

Holly does it again...
Marieke

Marieke

Stephen and Lewis

Stephen and Lewis

Lachlan and Marcus

Lachlan and Marcus

Nathan

Nathan

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BU15 X+ 1st! Anthony, Callum, Ethan and Blake

BU15 X+ 1st! Anthony, Callum, Ethan and Blake

Our parents were gracious in the weather

Our parents were gracious in the weather

Our BU15X+ managed 2nd with only 7 rowing after an oar broke early in the race

Our BU15X+ managed 2nd with only 7 rowing after an oar broke early in the race

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Photo of the day

Combined CTC and NICC regattas Jan 2018

The combination of both Cambridge Town Cup and North Island Club Champs saw a regatta at Lake Karapiro that spanned four days - Friday through Monday.

What a weekend! In sweltering temperatures of over 30C our rowers managed to sweep and scull against massive competition to qualify for the largest number of A finals in MAGSRow’s history.

Over the combined regattas, in the top placings of the A finals the rowers won:

4 x 2nd placings & 2 x 3rd placings

The NICC was awarding medals and the rowers managed to earn some of those - see the photos below.

Holly Chaafe and Hannah Zwalue W Club 2X 2nd

Holly Chaafe and Hannah Zwalue W Club 2X 2nd

Lewis Brown, Stephen Stuart, Marcus Winter, Lachlan Pearce, Dennis Nieuwenhuizen, Nathan Smith, Anton Waldmann, Jesse Homer-Pilcher + Ben Campbell  M Club 8 + 2nd

Lewis Brown, Stephen Stuart, Marcus Winter, Lachlan Pearce, Dennis Nieuwenhuizen, Nathan Smith, Anton Waldmann, Jesse Homer-Pilcher + Ben Campbell  M Club 8 + 2nd

Our other 2nd and 3rd placings were achieved in the Cambridge Town Cup and they were:

Holly Chaafe G U16 1X 2nd

Anthony Peters, Blake Jowsey B U15 2X 2nd

Anastasia Alberts, Lydia Funch G U16 2X 3rd

Anthony Peters, Finn Hope, Callum Nicholson, Ethan Welch, Blake Jowsey, Max O'Donoghue, Luke Araus-Blanchett, Rushit Pandya + Hasan Pathan BU15 8X 3rd

All up MAGSRow achieved placings in 20 A Finals.

 

TGS Waitemata Regatta Lake Pupuke 21 Oct 2017

The second regatta of the season, TGS, was held in very windy conditions, white caps on the water and the winds gathering velocity eventually resulted in the day being called off at about 2pm. At Lake Pupuke we shared the water with bird life sheltering near the shore.

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The day started with the Boys U18 eight crews being sent out to row to the starting line, first. Our rowers started off wearing their thermals. Very sensible for the conditions.

The day started with the Boys U18 eight crews being sent out to row to the starting line, first. Our rowers started off wearing their thermals. Very sensible for the conditions.

The BU18 eight came in first with clear water between them and the second boat. Most of this crew is made up of U17 and U16 age groups.

The BU18 eight came in first with clear water between them and the second boat. Most of this crew is made up of U17 and U16 age groups.

Our victors.

Our victors.

Marieke and Lydia

Marieke and Lydia

Richie

Richie

That smile says it all! Holly came in resoundingly first.

That smile says it all! Holly came in resoundingly first.

Our novice girls eight sets off for the starting line. In the conditions on the day, the starting line seemed a long way away.

Our novice girls eight sets off for the starting line. In the conditions on the day, the starting line seemed a long way away.

Our novice boys eight did fabulously well coming in for a finish too close to call, according to the race compere. The final result was a close second.

Our novice boys eight did fabulously well coming in for a finish too close to call, according to the race compere. The final result was a close second.

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Spring Regatta at Lake Karapiro 7 Oct 2017

We took our novices down to the Spring Regatta for their first venture out into race conditions. Traditionally this is a relaxed, unpressured regatta with 1000m length, a great introduction into the regatta season.

U16 eight

U16 eight

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One of our coaches, John Cook, also took part in a pair.

One of our coaches, John Cook, also took part in a pair.

Jesse Homer-Pilcher

Jesse Homer-Pilcher

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Anton Waldmann and Stephen Stuart

Anton Waldmann and Stephen Stuart

Packed up, ready to head home, closing talk.

Packed up, ready to head home, closing talk.

Training camp at Mercer 29, 30 Sept, 1 Oct 2017

The Waikato River was high, swift flowing and very brown. The fields beside the river had water laying in them, testament to a long, wet winter. Our Head Coach Callum organised a full training weekend, and St Andrews Coach Dale Maher joined us from Christchurch. We've since had reports of rowers "buzzing" as an outcome from the weekend.

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On the Sunday we pulled everyone off the water for a while to make way for a water ski time trial - the jet boats and skiers came through so fast that we could barely glimpse a blur.

On the Sunday we pulled everyone off the water for a while to make way for a water ski time trial - the jet boats and skiers came through so fast that we could barely glimpse a blur.

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Fraser Lewins rows with Light Blues in Queensland

During September 2017, following fierce Auckland-wide competition for a seat, our Fraser Lewins was selected to row with the Light Blues at the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships in Rockhampton, QLD, Australia. Fraser rowed in an Eight, a Four and a Pair. He won gold medals in the Eight and the Four, as well as a Silver in the Pair.

Following this success we were keen to hear what it takes for a senior MAGS rower to achieve at this level. Fraser's Dad, Mike, said that from his perspective, "it requires a lot of food, rest and doing little bits on your own over and above what everyone else does".

 

Fraser wears the MAGS colours in Queensland.

Fraser wears the MAGS colours in Queensland.

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Ready Steady Go 2017/2018 Season.... and thank you Lynne and Kristine

Before we get stuck into the new season we do want to say a big Thank You to Lynne Taylor and Kristine Brothers for their tireless and gritty support of our squad over the last few years. Hope to see you both lakeside some time soon and don't worry we will always have a job for you to do  - if you miss us.  Thanks again. 

Magsrow End of Season Prize Giving

A perfect autumn afternoon at West End Rowing Club marked the end of season prize giving for Magsrow.

Sixteen brave parents were put through an intense novice training camp on the pontoon in the afternoon before venturing into a boat onto the water. 

No one took a swim, although there were plenty of rocky moments.  The first two eights managed a credible race. 

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The third eight was ably managed by student coaches and squad members but the parents - many of whom were committee members - proved to be the weak link.

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Back at the club, it was a pleasure to be able to celebrate the achievements of our squad over the 2016/17 season.  They all deserve recognition for their hard work, commitment, exemplary attitudes and behaviour during the season.  It was also time to farewell coach Leah Hankey who has another role now and will not return to us next season - we wish Leah all the best.

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We congratulate our season award winners:

Best Overall Boy Rower - Fraser Lewins
Best Overall Girl Rower - Holly Chaafe
Best Coxswain - Ben Campbell
Most Improved Oarsman - Callum Pratt
Most Improved Oarswoman - Hannah Zwalue

Best Contribution - Under 15 Girls - Marieke Richards
Most Improved - Under 15 Girls - Poppy Walters
Best Contribution - Under 16 Girls - Olivia Alberts
Most Improved – Under 16 Girls - Holly Chaafe
Best Contribution - Under 17 Girls - Rachel Taylor
Most Improved - Under 17 Girls - Tara Pickering

Best Contribution - Under 15 Boys - Anthony Peters
Most Improved - Under 15 Boys - Jackson Bass
Best Contribution - Under 16 Boys - Lewis Brown
Most Improved - Under 16 Boys - Daniel Fraser

Best Contribution - Under 17 Boys - Fraser Lewins
Most Improved - Under 17 Boys - Dennis Nieuwenhuizen
Best Contribution - Under 18 Boys - Mark Lawrence
Most Improved - Under 18 Boys - Nathan Smith

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Maadi Cup NZSS Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro from 27 March-2 April.

The MAGS Rowing squad continued to go from strength to strength in securing 11 final positions at the Maadi Cup NZSS Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro from 27 March-2 April.

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MAGS crews lined up in three A Finals and eight B Finals, up on our tally of two As and four Bs in 2016, at what is one of the largest high school sporting events in the southern hemisphere. More than 2000 students from over 120 schools took part.

The Under 16 Boys Four and Under 15 Boys Four won their B Finals, while another Under 15 Boys Four came a creditable 5th in the A Final. Our Under 15 Eight and Under 16 Eight also made A finals. Two or our girls' crews made B finals, finishing among the top 13 in the country.

Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm attended the two finals days of this prestigious event, and said the positive attitude among the squad and support crew was impressive. "Our success in the younger age groups gives us an encouraging platform to build on for the future," said Mr Drumm.