Christ's College Wins Maadi Cup
Christ’s College proved far too strong in the premier event at the National Secondary Schools Rowing Championships, powering to victory in the prestigious Maadi Cup for a record 13th time.
In total, College won six medals at the week-long event on Lake Karapiro, near Cambridge.
The College U18 eight left runner-up Auckland Grammar School in its wake on Saturday, crossing the finish line more than six seconds ahead to win the flagship race in 6:06.47.
Guided by senior coaches Malcolm McIntyre, Will Satch and Henry Smith, the U18 crew of stroke Archie Batchelor, Gus Orr, Liam Alexander, Louie Bethell, Johnny Lee, Angus Wynn-Williams, George Trolove, Thomas McEwan and cox Hamish McCulloch sped straight to the lead.
For the coaches – along with Team Manager Chris Sellars – the Maadi Cup win was the culmination of four years of preparation, as well as overcoming a trying environment of lockdowns and cancelled events.
Henry described the win as “a truly remarkable performance from a special group of boys”.
College narrowly missed the golden triple, with the U17 eight – Edward Botherway (stroke), Oscar Todhunter, Abe McArthur, George Clarke, Johnny Lee, Raymond Brooks, Toby Beresford, Hamish Grigg and Jake Cutler (cox) – winning silver in 5:55.03.
The U16 eight – Tom Picton-Warlow (stroke), Luke James, Oscar Todhunter, George Cochrane, George Clarke, Max Harris, Charlie Poulter, Alex Speight and Luke Menzies (cox) – also secured silver in 6:14.45.