Rowing at St. John’s

Rowing is one of New Zealand’s most successful Olympic Sports. It is a fantastic sport for students to get involved in. St. John’s College is linked in with the Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club and participates in both club and school events.

Rowing teaches our students discipline, commitment and teamwork. It is a challenging sport both physically and mentally. Students who wish to be fit for their winter codes should seriously consider rowing as an option.

St. John’s students travel around New Zealand in the summer months to compete against some of the biggest schools in New Zealand. We frequently attend regattas at the stunning Lake Karapiro, and these competitions are a highlight of the boy’s calendar. If results and squad numbers permit, there is an opportunity to attend the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Championship (the Maadi Cup) – these are held annually alternating between Lake Karapiro and Lake Ruataniwha (Twizel, South Island).

Come and give it a go – once you do, you will be hooked.

Contact details:
TIC – Mr Daniel O’Sullivan –

Local Association…. Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club –

Outstanding Achievements:

2019 – Liam Halpin & Matt McIvor – Top 10 Ranking North Island Secondary Schools – boys under 16 Double Sculls.

​Important Information

Registrations: Novice registration begins early August.

Season Dates: Regattas begin early November – season finishes with the Maadi Cup (End of March/early April)

Training Days: Depends on coach at rowing club. Expect three plus trainings a week.

Uniform: Club and School Rowing Singlets.