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Lake Karapiro is set to host one of the rowing calendar’s most iconic events, with secondary schools from around New Zealand gathering for the Aon Maadi Cup regatta.
The event is the National Championships for school rowing in New Zealand. Run by the NZSSRA and Rowing New Zealand, it is New Zealand’s largest rowing regatta, involving more than 2000 competitors from 120 schools and around 10,000 people watching the finals from the banks of Lake Karapiro.
Held from March 27-April 1, the week long programme includes a parade of schools and rowers through Cambridge (Sunday March 26, 12.30pm) with heats beginning on the water on Monday March 27.
Cambridge businesses get in behind the event, with rowing a definite theme for the week.
Traditionally Waikato schools are strong contenders, and this year New Zealand’s premier rowing school St Peter’s (winners of the Star Trophy 2016) will be hoping to impress on the water again. St Peter’s are also defending champions for the prestigious Maadi Cup.
Hamilton Boys’ High School is always well up in the field, along with Sacred Heart Girls College also one to keep an eye on. The event is a thrilling spectacle to watch and represents hours of intense training by every teenage athlete involved.
With so many rowing greats as inspiration, such as Eric Murray, Hamish Bond, Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg, the Aon Maadi Cup is a unique opportunity to see future champions in the making.