Congratulations if you have been selected (or are considering trialling) for Mt Albert Grammar School’s rowing squad. We are a unique team, which is making an impressive comeback to reignite a long and proud history in secondary schools rowing in New Zealand.

Do you think you have what it takes to become a MAGS rower? Although there are no hard and fast rules, successful rowers usually are tall and strong, and coxswains are petite and confident. Physical attributes aside, succeeding as a MAGS rower will require you to: work hard, persevere when the going gets tough, be very focused and show a strong commitment to your team.

MAGS Rowing Academy

Mt Albert Grammar School offers a range of sport academies for elite or promising athletes, including a rowing academy for students in years 9 and 10.  Academy classes will comprise two periods of school time a week, and will effectively be one of the study ‘options’ that students apply for.

The rowing academy provides in-season and off-season training that will prepare participants to join their respective MAGS Row senior training group and compete for spots in the boys and girls senior teams.  It will do this by enabling participants to:

  • Acquire rowing skills and technical knowledge
  • Gain elite fitness levels
  • Understand the nutritional requirements for rowers
  • Gain sports psychology skills
  • Improve their organisational and social skills
  • Compete in the ‘MAGS Way’ when representing the school.

Separate boys’ and girls’ rowing academies are offered in year 9, and a combined one in year 10.

Year 8 students who plan to attend Mt Albert Grammar will be provided with an opportunity to trial for a rowing academy place before they begin at MAGS.  Further rowing academy trials will be held terms one of year 9 and 10, and in term 4 of year 9 (i.e. for the year 10 intake).

What is involved

Although membership of the MAGS Rowing Academy is free (apart from the cost of a t-shirt), participants are expected to become MAGS Row members when the rowing season begins in August and to represent the school at regattas throughout the season. 

Note that aspiring novice rowers are welcome to trial for a place in MAGS Row even if they are not Academy members.  Current MAGS Row novice rowers are also welcome to trial for the Academy, provided that they will be in year 9 or 10 of the academic year concerned.

Academy members will be expected to attend all Academy and MAGS Row team training sessions and to maintain their school studies.

Learn to row

Learn to Row training is held during Term 2 and Term 3 for novice rowers.  Novice rowers do not have to be Academy members to be able to take part in the Learn to Row programme, but all Academy rowers are expected to participate.  There is a small fee for this programme, to cover the costs of bus transport to the West End Rowing Club for on-water training, and the club's winter rowing fee.  This training programme is undertaken outside school hours.

To find out more

For more information about the Mount Albert Grammar School Rowing Academy, contact Judith Newman - MAGS Academy Teacher In Charge by emailing

You can also view the Rowing Academy information on the Mt Albert Grammar School website.