Luka Ellery : Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons))
Luka is currently in her 4th year of studying at the University of Waikato, completing 2nd and 3rd year papers part time towards her Bachelor of Engineering. With high-profile role models such as Mahe Drysdale and Emma Twigg, rower Luka Ellery from Te Awamutu has set her sights high for a future in rowing, combined with engineering. Luka began rowing seven and a half years ago after going along to an open day at the local rowing club during her time at Te Awamutu College. She has mostly always sculled (two oars) as single, double and quad depending on the training or specific selection for racing. Luka says one of the best things about rowing is the atmosphere and culture generated by the sport. This year Luka has been selected in the women's double scull to compete at the World Rowing under 23 Championships 2018 Poznan, Poland. Luka’s biggest rowing achievements to date are being ranked 11th in the women's single scull at the World Rowing under 23 Championships 2016 Rotterdam, Netherlands, coming first in the women's single sculls, quadruple sculls and eight in the under 21 Trans-Tasman series 2015, claiming first place in the B final (7th overall) in women's double sculls at World Rowing Junior Championships 2014 Hamburg, Germany and being selected for the Waikato RPC squad for 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. Luka was also selected for the 2017 NZ under 23 team in the women's quad but was unable to compete at the World Rowing under 23 Championships due to a rib injury. She was part of the 2015 Gallagher Great Race Women's crew which won against University of Sydney and University of Melbourne. At the 2018 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships she placed first in the women's under 22 single scull and 2nd in the women's under 22 double scull. During her time at Te Awamutu College, Luka was the head of the environment committee and a Keep Cool mentor, mentoring a junior student. Luka is now part of the University of Waikato Rowing Club committee, being particularly involved in the role of recruiting new members. Her dream is to make it to the Olympics, complete her degree and get work experience that will set her up for a career after rowing.
- NZ under 23 team selection - 08/03/2018
After a week long trial, was named in the women's double scull to compete at the 2018 World Rowing under 23 Championships in Poznan, Poland in July.
- NZ National Rowing Champs - 17/02/2018
Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships, Lake Karapiro, 13-17 February 2018.
First in women's under 22 single scull
Second in women's under 22 double scull
Competed for the Waikato RPC team