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Crews Named For Great Race

Crews Named For Great Race

The University of Waikato has included world champions in its men’s and women’s crews to contest this year’s Gallagher Great Race on Sunday, 8 September.

The Schick Construction University of Cambridge is returning for the seventh time to compete against Caniwi Capital University of Waikato, and reigning champions Foster Construction University of Sydney.

The Caniwi Capital University of Waikato men’s crew includes U23 World Rowing champions Shaun Kirkham, Finn Howard, coxswain Caleb Shepherd and Giacomo Thomas alongside Richard Harrison, Mackenzie Mackie, Paddy McInnes and elite rowers Tobias Wehr-Candler, Jade Uru, and Fergus Fauvel.

The Brian Perry Charitable Trust University of Waikato women’s crew include Georgia Perry, Allie Smith, Jess Loe, Briar Murphy, Tess Young, Christie Davis, Danelle Murphy and coxswain Caitlin Lawry. They will be joined by U23 World Rowing silver medallists Zoe Stevenson and Kayla Pratt.

Many of the rowers are Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars. The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme is the most prestigious scholarship offered by the University of Waikato. Students on the programme have their course fees covered, receive specialist coaching and mentoring and take part in personal development and leadership programmes.

Secondary schools from around the country will also take to the waters in the Head of the Waikato challenge, a pre-event to the Gallagher Great Race.

Competing in the boy’s division are Hamilton Boys’ High School, Napier Boy’s High School, St Bede’s College, St John’s College, and St Paul’s Collegiate.

In the girl’s division, Craighead Diocesan School, Hillcrest High School, Sacred Heart Girls’ College, St Peter’s Cambridge, Waikato Diocesan and Westlake Girls’ High School will battle it out.

The Gallagher Great Race sees crews racing 3.85km upstream on the Waikato River, starting at Ann Street and finishing at the Ferrybank on Grantham Street.

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