University Rowing Champs (previously known as University Games) 2010 was held on the beautiful Lake Waihola, a freshwater lake just north of Milton in Otago.
The lake itself is part of a wetland system, and as such is remarkably shallow. In fact the name “Waihola” comes from the Maori word “waihora”, meaning “spreading waters. This enthralling etymology is matched by the spectacular beauty of Waihola, for as the sun rose over a crisp, misty Otago morning, the lake appeared, mythical, through the tree-lined trailer-park set about with boat-racks and port-aloos.
Wellington suffered a blisteringly windy summer leading up to Champs, and unfortunately this meant that many crews did not get the water time needed to achieve the results they deserved. Despite the handicap that is the Wellington weather, Victoria came away with a handful of medals, including the tourny mens and womans IV, mens VIII and mixed VIII. While all the crews impressed on the water, special mention must be made of the mens and womans novice crews, who, although spending much of the season grounded by the unforgiving weather, showed great strength of character and threw down commendable challenges to the vastly experienced Otago and Canterbury crews.
Given the lack of water time and training opportunities, the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the members of Vic Rowing was impressive, and this tireless commitment is brought into sharp focus when viewed against the backdrop of the traveling distance Uni Rowing Champs 2010 required.
The Vic Rowing Exec would like to thank all those who contributed to a successful and memorable Uni Rowing Champs 2010, especially Amy Robson, whose organisational prowess is second to none.
For those wishing to row for Vic, the University season starts again in February 2011. Until then, we will be training as part of Wellington Rowing Club. Feel free to contact them at http://www.wellingtonrowing.org.nz/ or email Vic Rowing under the contact tab.