Twigg and Manson take singles crowns in New Zealand Championships
Emma Twigg made an impressive debut in her first national event since the Rio 2016 Olympics, taking Gold in the women’s premier single scull representing Waikato RPC (7:24.22). Emma returned to the Rowing New Zealand Summer Squad team in October 2018 and will be vying for selection into the 2019 Elite team. Brooke Donoghue, also of Waikato RPC took Silver (7:27.99) and Zoe McBride of Central RPC took Bronze. McBride competed in the 2018 international season in the women’s lightweight double scull.
Robbie Manson achieved his third Premier class victory of the regatta with the retention of his men’s premier single sculls title. Across six lanes, Manson, Mahe Drysdale, Jordan Parry, Harrison Somerville, Brook Robertson and Karl Manson lined up to contest the title, with Drysdale taking Silver in 6:55.00 and Parry taking Bronze in 6:59.12. Manson was also named as Male Rower of the Year for the 2019 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships.
Robbie Manson at the New Zealand National Championships
In one of the fastest times recorded on the Lake Ruataniwha course, the men’s premier eight was won by Auckland RPC’s Stephen Jones, Samuel Jones, Matt MacDonald, Cameron Webster, Isaac Grainger, Michael Brake, Lewis Hollows, Blake Bradshaw and coxswain Ben Tyson in a time of 5:35.08. Southern RPC took Silver (5:36.83) with Central RPC taking Bronze (5:37.95).
Brooke Donoghue, Emma Twigg and Zoe McBride
The women’s premier eight was won by Central RPC’s Jackie Gowler, Ella Greenslade, Kerri Gowler, Beth Ross, Ruby Willis, Georgia Nugent-O’Leary, Kirstyn Goodger, Ruby Tew and coxswain Ella Greenslade. Hannah Osborne, New Zealand’s single sculler in 2018 won gold in the quad with Brooke Donoghue, Emma Twigg and Sam Voss. She also won gold in the double with Brooke Donoghue.
Full results of the rowing here.