Rowing is available to all students from Year 8 upwards.
Rowing is a unique high intensity sport, and perhaps the ultimate team sport. This means that the girls work together and support each other. While it is important that the girls enjoy their rowing, we also expect them to work hard, be committed and have a good attitude towards each other.
The competitive summer rowing season runs from September to March, or April, depending on the timing of the final regatta for the season (Aon Maadi). Winter training begins early June each year. This training is optional and winter commitments take priority through to the end of winter sport. Once winter sport is complete the number of training sessions steadily increase from September to March in preparation for Aon Junior Regatta, the North Island Secondary Schools Championships (NISS) and for selected girls, the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships (Aon Maadi Regatta).
For parents, the sport of rowing is also quite demanding, but can be extremely fulfilling. You can expect to be a taxi driver, help out at events and assist in fundraising. Further, the demands of rowing provide healthy challenges to your daughter, so they may need some guidance to become self-reliant in an intense sporting environment. As a parent you will also become a member of a much larger family and develop new friendships with other parents.
LEARN TO ROW
The 5-week Spring Learn to Row Programme is expected to start on 16th September includes the first 3 weeks in Wellington, then a 6-day camp in Cambridge during the school holidays rowing on the river from 6–11 October, followed by another week back in Wellington when school returns.
This programme is available to students from Year 8 upwards who are interested in rowing.
This programme teaches students the basics of the rowing stroke and gives then an introductions to the sport. At the completion of the programme students can continue onto the summer rowing season starting in mid October.
The cost last season was $750 (including GST) – includes Wellington Rowing Club Fees, coaching, camp for 5 nights away. The actual cost will be confirmed closer to the time.
RETURN TO ROW
The 6-week Spring Return to Row Programme is expected to start on 9th September includes the first 4 weeks in Wellington, then a 6-day camp in Cambridge during the school holidays rowing on the river from 6–11 October, followed by another week back in Wellington.
This programme is available to all returning rowers from previous seasons.
The cost last season was $795 (including GST) – includes Wellington Rowing Club Fees, coaching, camp for 5 nights away. The actual cost will be confirmed closer to the time.
MAIN SUMMER ROWING SEASON
The Main summer rowing season starts around mid October and goes through to early March, or late March for those girls who qualify for Aon Maadi.
Training: For Novices, summer training usually involves 4 – 5 sessions a week. These sessions are usually 2 hours long and involve rowing on the harbour (City or Petone) or doing fitness training in the Boat Club or at Marsden.
They are generally held from 4pm – 6pm weekdays and Saturday mornings.
For Juniors and Seniors training is generally 5 – 6 days a week. In the lead up to major competitions such as Nationals (Aon Maadi), students might have some days where they train before and after school.
Samuel Marsden Rowing spend time away in Cambridge for training camp in October (6 days), Whanganui for 2 camps in January - mid Jan and late Jan.
Marsden attends a range of competitions/regattas throughout the season. During the first half of the season, the rowing competitions are club events with rowers competing for Wellington Rowing Club generally held on Wellington Harbour and the Whanganui River.
During the second half of the season there are three major regattas at Lake Karapiro in Cambridge before competing at Aon Maadi. Aon Maadi is the largest secondary school sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere and the location alternates each year between Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel and Lake Karapiro, Cambridge.
All girls must qualify at the North Island Secondary School Championships to make the Maadi Cup team (typically reaching A or B finals).
Rowing incurs considerable costs. The season fees last year were as below - actual for upcoming season will be confirmed closer to the time:
Return to Row Spring Season – last season cost $795 (incl GST) which includes Wellington Rowing Club Fees, coaching, 5 nights away at camp, and contribution to overheads.
Learn to Row Spring Season – last season cost $750 (incl GST) which includes Wellington Rowing Club Fees, coaching, 5 nights away at camp, and contribution to overheads.
The main Summer Season fees for a Returning Rower last season were $3,950 (including GST) which includes rower Wellington Rowing Club fees, 17 nights away, regatta fees, coaching costs, maintenance costs, transport to and from regattas (except flights which will be additional if your rower attends), and contribution to overheads.
The main Summer Season fees for a Returning Cox last season were $3,200 (including GST) which includes cox Wellington Rowing Club fees, 17 nights away, coaching costs, maintenance costs, transport to and from regattas (except flights which will be additional if your cox attends), and contribution to overheads. The difference with the cox membership is that they will have a focus on being a cox, but can still row at training & camps, but will only cox at regattas.
The main Summer Season fees for a Novice Rower last season were $3,650 (including GST) which includes rower Wellington Rowing Club fees, 14 nights away, regatta fees, coaching costs, maintenance costs, transport to and from regattas (except flights which will be additional if your rower attends), and contribution to overheads.
Additional flights cost if your rower/cox attends - for Aon Junior Regatta last season was $404 (all rowers/coxes) and for attending NISS last season was $220 (returning rowers/coxes only). Please note that confirmation of attendance at Aon Junior and NISS must be made by around mid January - If attendance is confirmed by this date the flights are non cancellable after this date and will be invoiced to you.
Clothing for Novices – approx. $415 (incl GST) - Rowsuit (race uniform), short sleeve tech top, short sleeve travel top, bag, and cap. There is also an optional long sleeve base layer which is $98 and visor which is $29.
There is an additional cost for selected returning rowers who attend Aon Maadi.
Marsden Rowing Zootie or Wellington Rowing Club Singlet for regattas. Comfortable fitted sports gear for training.
More information can be found in the Rowing Handbook tab on this page.