Six University of Waikato rowers head to Sydney this week to represent New Zealand in the 2018 University Trans-Tasman series. The highly anticipated regatta will see top student rowers from Australia and New Zealand competing for the Trans-Tasman University title, and this year’s team has the strongest Waikato presence in history.
Spread over four days, the regatta will include races for both the Men’s and Women’s Eight. After spending the last week training at Lake Karapiro, the New Zealand team will fly to Sydney tomorrow.
For the first time, the Women’s Eight includes four Waikato students: Bronwyn Walsh, Grace Lewis, Katie Lush, and coxswain Sarah Best.
“It’s great that Waikato has such a strong presence in the New Zealand team,” says Bronwyn. “We’ve all trained really hard for this and we’re excited to get on the water.”
The Men’s Eight includes Waikato students Josh Toa and Joel Engelke. Both first-years, the pair are looking forward to representing New Zealand in their first international event.
“I was pretty surprised to be selected, but really stoked – it means a lot to me to have the opportunity to represent New Zealand!” says Josh, who has been rowing for four years.
Once they get back, the students will continue training for their next regatta, Battle of the Bombays, in August.