Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Varsity crews confirmed for the 2014 Gallagher Great Race

Top international varsity crews confirmed for the 2014 Gallagher Great Race


The University of Waikato rowing crews are back to defend their titles in The Gallagher Great Race this September.

This unique river racing event on the Waikato River is looking to be the best yet, with Waikato University celebrating its 50th Anniversary by welcoming top international varsity crews to Hamilton.

Accepting the challenge are crews from the United States; Harvard (men) and Washington (women). Also in the hunt to take home a trophy is old rival Melbourne University (both crews).

It’s warming up to be yet another world-class event as each boat is challenged once again to navigate and handle the extremely strong, unpredictable currents of the Waikato River. It’s superb world-class river racing action on a highly technical course.

The Gallagher Great Race has been sponsored by local business icon Gallagher since its inception in 2002 and is now in its 13th year.

The race’s international format includes a three boat competition raced upstream over a 3.8km stretch of the Waikato River, which includes going under three of Hamilton’s six bridges.

This year is especially exciting as Sir William Gallagher welcomes his old university back onto the course, having spent time at Harvard whilst completing his MBA.

“It’s fantastic to host such high calibre US universities that have strong rowing reputations. It’s a special, very challenging race, much different to the 2km format. It puts a premium on training hard, teamwork, determination and endurance. It’s a true athletic contest.”

Some of the world’s best young rowers are set to compete in the iconic Gallagher Great Race.

The men’s crews will be battling for the coveted Harry Mahon Memorial Trophy.

Harvard was beaten by Waikato in their sole previous visit in 2007. Waikato has won the men’s eight event eight times, while the women’s crew has an even better track record, winning the Bryan Gould Cup on 10 occasions. They’ll be out to make it five wins in a row when they meet Washington and Melbourne on Sunday 14 September.

Melbourne has won the women’s title once in five visits, back in 2006, while Washington has only previously sent a men’s crew in 2005.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news