Luka Ellery : Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons))
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 four 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. Luka’s biggest rowing achievements to date are 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 and 2015/16 seasons. She was part of the 2015 Gallagher Great Race Women's crew which won against University of Sydney and University of Melbourne. At the 2016 Bankstream New Zealand Rowing Championships she placed first in the women's under-22 double sculls, first in the women's under-22 quadruple sculls and second in the women's under-20 single sculls. She came third in the girls’ under-18 single sculls and third in the girls’ under-18 coxed quadruple sculls at New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championships (Maadi Cup) 2014. During her time at Te Awamutu College, Luka was the head of the environment committee and a Keep Cool mentor, mentoring a junior student. 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.