Rowing is one of the pre-eminent sports at Auckland Grammar School; it has a rich history of excellence both in performance at the school level and in helping to build young men with strong personal values.
At the National Secondary School Championships, our crews have twice won the prestigious Maadi Cup for the Under 18 Eights event (in 1992 and 2011), as well the Springbok Shield for the Under 18 coxed-fours event (also in 2011).
We have had several athletes earn selection for the Auckland Blues squad, the North Island Under 18 team and the NZ Junior team. Previous Grammar rowers have represented New Zealand at the Under 23, Elite and Olympic level.
Several of our young men have also found success outside of rowing. We currently have athletes at Harvard and Yale Universities in the United States, and Olympic gold-medalist triathlete Hamish Carter '85 attributes his dedication and discipline in life to his time with the Auckland Grammar Rowing squad.
Auckland Grammar Rowing Club Inc., known as Auckland Grammar Rowing Club (AGRC) is an incorporated society under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. The Club was first formed in 1952 but not incorporated until the 1990s. The Club has competed competitively in Club, School and National regattas every year since it was formed.
With school rowing, a boy's age at January 1 will primarily determine which squad he will row in for the following season, ending at the Maadi Cup, usually held in March. There are four squads: Under 15, Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18.
However, boys showing both ability and maturity may be considered for promotion to a more senior squad. (Yes, a boy who turns 15 on the 2nd January can still be rowing U15 at the Maadi Cup when he is actually 16¼). Anyone in their first year of rowing is a Novice, no matter their age group.
The nature of rowing is that the squads will spend a great deal of time together, particularly at regattas and camps. This encourages all squads to get to know, and to support, each other and also encourages parents and supporters to do the same.
In order for the boys to enjoy rowing and do well, total commitment is required, not only from the boys, but from their families. We welcome your active support!
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