Rowing at St Paul’s Collegiate School

St Paul’s Collegiate School’s Rowing Club attracts 50 students per year who are provided with a specialist team of coaches that offer individual and small group training. Students who are serious about rowing have the opportunity to experience rowing at an elite level.

Those who have little experience are also encouraged to join the club, with a learn-to-row programme in place for beginners which involves land training as well as an opportunity to go out on the water once a week.

Students train on the Waikato River from the club’s private boat shed and from the St Paul’s fitness facilities, which boasts state-of-the-art equipment for strength and endurance training.

Over the rowing season St Paul’s rowers compete in as many as seven regattas, including:

  • The Waikato Great Race
  • Karapiro Spring Regatta
  • Christmas Regatta
  • Cambridge Town Cup Regatta
  • Mangakino Regatta
  • Mighty River Power Regatta
  • North Island secondary school championships
  • Aon Maadi Cup national school championship

The rowing programme costs $2300 + GST per season. This fee covers camps, transport, coaching, uniforms and entry to regattas other than Maadi Cup.

Highlights

  • Kate Littlejohn and Grace Watson were part of the crew that came sixth in the women’s coxless four event at the World Rowing Junior Championships (2017)

Aon Maadi Cup 2018

  • Silver in girls' under 18 pair – Grace Watson and Kate Littlejohn
  • Bronze in girls' under 17 eight – Jasmine Fountaine, Olivia Knowling, Abby Bartels, Maddy Dickie, Cate Wilson, Abby Payne, Arabella Mitchell, Lucy Fullerton-Smith and cox Molly Flavell

North Island Secondary Schools Championships 2018

  • Gold in girls' novice four – Priya Singh, Ellis Watson, Arna Morris, Jana McLeod and cox Molly Flavell
  • Silver in girls' under 18 pair – Grace Watson and Kate Littlejohn
  • Silver in girls' under 18 four – Grace Watson, Kate Littlejohn, Alice Emeny, Jasmine Fountaine and cox Victoria Chanwai
  • Silver in girls' under 17 four – Jasmine Fountaine, Olivia Knowling, Cate Wilson, Maddie Dickie and cox Molly Flavell
  • Bronze in boys' under 17 eight – Harris Moana, Adam Jefferis, Sam Harcourt, Seth Peake, Max Dobbe, Isaac West, Miah McDonald, Max McLean-Bluck and cox Gus Hanham
  • Bronze in boys' under 16 eight – Edwin Wills, Jack Caldwell, Nico Mitchell, Wes Hitchcock, Isaac West, Sam Harcourt, Seth Peake, Max McLean-Bluck and cox Gus Hanham
  • Bronze in girls' under 18 eight – Grace Watson, Kate Littlejohn, Alice Emeny, Jasmine Fountaine, Mia Bradford, Abby Bartels, Abby Payne, Maddie Dickie and cox Victoria Chanwai
  • Bronze in girls' under 17 eight – Jasmine Fountaine, Olivia Knowling, Abby Bartels, Maddie Dickie, Cate Wilson, Abby Payne, Arabella Mitchell, Lucy Fullerton-Smith and cox Molly Flavell

Coach Profiles

Senior Boys’ Coach – Gordon Trevett

With rowing successes both nationally and internationally, Gordon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to St Paul’s. Previously based at the University of Bristol (UK) for 12 years, Gordon held a number of roles including Director of Rowing and Head Coach, Sport High Performance Manager and Warden of Hiatt Baker Hall. During this time, he was awarded the British Universities Coach of the Year award (2007), a Bristol Red (2015) and a lifetime coaching award. He led his rowing team to win the British championships (three golds/four silver 2006-2012); to represent Great Britain six times in the European championships and secure gold in Banyoles (2007) and bronze in Brive (2005); as well as numerous regatta wins to elite level (2005-2015). His experience prior to Bristol included working for Kings College and Auckland Rowing Club and he was the New Zealand junior men’s VIII coach (1993), Director of Rowing and Head Coach (1991-96) and Director of Sport (Kings College, 1993-94). Gordon himself was a New Zealand international elite rower; was selected for GB in the Tokyo Olympics; has won two NZ Championship Redcoats for West End Rowing Club and Wellington Rowing Club and the Thames Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta; he also holds over 100 premier regatta wins. He is the current New Zealand record holder for his age group for several distances on Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Comps. Gordon is looking forward to developing the senior boys to their full rowing potential.