Rowing at Craighead has existed since 1997. Coached for the past 15 years by Dean Milne, the Rowing Group are very fortunate to have a coach of his calibre and commitment especially given his input is purely voluntary.
Parent involvement is essential and the key factor for the group flourishing. Craighead Rowing takes pride in its association with the school acting as ambassadors and representing the school culture and sporting ethics. The other key relationship is with Timaru Rowing Club to which the Craighead group is affiliated. The TRC is the official link to Rowing NZ and also provides the facilities at Saltwater Creek.
Craighead Rowing in association with the school own 10 rowing boats, 2 chase boats, a boat trailer, 8 ergs and various other equipment.
Rowing provides the girls with fantastic organisational skills which they use to ensure they maintain their school subject results whilst training and competing at rowing regattas from September to April. They are physically and mentally fit and enjoy the close relationships they form with the entire squad.
We have just completed a very successful 2011/2012 season with a squad of 20 girls, comprised of 17 rowers and 3 coxswains, competing at nine regattas and showing improved results as the season progressed. With a medal tally from the NZ Secondary Schools Rowing Champs (Maadi) being the goal for the season, Craighead Rowing made 10 A finals with the following results.
Gold Medal: Girls U17 Double
Silver Medal: Girls U18 Novice Double, Girls U16 Eight
Bronze Medal: Girls U17 Quad, Girls U16 Quad, & Girls U15 Double
This is an outstanding achievement for the size of our squad.
Recently Craighead was invited to compete in the Gallagher Great Race held on the Waikato River, Hamilton. The girls managed to achieve the fastest time for the time trial and came a creditable second to Waikato Diocesan in a race where local knowledge of river current and flow is beneficial.
Craighead Rowing Group welcome all enquires and may be contacted through the school office.