Rowing Club Honours latest Old Collegian to become a NZ Elite Rower

March 09, 2015 at 3:18 PM

The College Rowing Club proudly unveiled their newest rowing skiff at this weekend’s North Island Secondary School Championships. With ever increasing levels of high performance at secondary school level, the need to be equipped with the best available boats for College rowers remains a constant priority.

The recent naming of Old Collegian, Anthony Allen (SKC 2006-2011) into the 2015 New Zealand Rowing team in the Coxless Four was both the cause of much celebration in the Rowing Club and also perfect timing as our new boat had arrived and was in need of a worthy name.

We were delighted to welcome Anthony and his parents Tony and Lyn to the naming ceremony this past weekend at Lake Karapiro and, likewise, they were all very excited and humbled by the naming of our new Four, the ‘Anthony Allen.’

Anthony is a true son of Kentigern, leading by example. Despite not making the top rowing teams whilst at College, Anthony nevertheless persisted with rowing after graduating and continued his tremendous work ethic to grow and improve as a rower. His pursuit of excellence was subsequently rewarded by being named in the New Zealand U23 Rowing squad and then bringing home Silver in the Men’s Coxed Four at the 2014 World U23 Rowing Championships in Italy.

The new boat is designed to deliver optimum performance for our senior boys and was immediately put into action at the North Island Secondary Schools Championships over the weekend.

The ‘Anthony Allen’ will next travel back to Lake Karapiro with the team to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships – commonly referred to as ‘Maadi’ -  in two weeks’ time where  we look forward to achieving success.

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