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Avonside Girls High School

When Dragon Boating was introduced at Avonside it was a sport restricted to Year 13 girls and it was more social than competitive.

  • 2011 saw Avonside win its first ever medal (bronze) at the South Island Championships.
  • 2012 brought further success at the South Island Championships (this time a silver medal) and the team medaled for the first time ever at the NZ National Championships where they won bronze and silver medals.
  • 2013 brought more success at both South Islands (3 silver medals) and Nationals (another bronze and silver). It also saw the team win its first title at the Canterbury Championships.
  • The 2014 team produced a series of dominating performances, winning the Canterbury Championships, 3 Gold medals at South Islands and 2 golds and a bronze at Nationals. This team only lost one race throughout the entire season.
  • 2015 saw more medals at South Islands and Nationals but not the dominance of the previous season. By winning the Grand Champions Cup, awarded for victory in the 500m race at Nationals, Avonside became the first school to win this trophy in consecutive years. In 2016 we went International. Victories in the Canterbury Championships, South Island Championships and 3 gold medals at NZ Nationals (including winning the Grand Champion Cup for the third consecutive year) were eclipsed by the 3 Gold medals won in Adelaide at the IDBF Club Crew World Championships. This team was arguably the best team that Avonside has ever produced setting school records for all three race distances, posting times that would have seen them winning silver and bronze medals at the IDBF World Nations Championships in 2015 at Under 24 level.

Our team philosophy each year is to develop a closely bonded team that is physically and mentally strong. A team that competes with determination and good sportsmanship. One that treasures the history that previous teams have established and endevours to enhance the reputation that Avonside Girls High School has earned of being one of the premier Junior Women's teams in New Zealand.

Team Coach: Evan Roper

Christchurch Girls’ High School

"CGHS" has been involved in Dragon Boating for a number of years now and have been very lucky indeed to have “Iceman” (Scott Johnson) associated with the school - he has been so passionate, patient and had a wonderful way of getting the best out of our students. We are very grateful for the amount of hours he puts into Dragon Boating at Christchurch Girls’ High School.

As it’s a school policy only to allow year 13 students to Dragon Boat the coach has to start with new girls every year - a significant challenge to any coach.


Key Team players:

  • Graeme Ford (manager, Teacher in Charge)
  • Ben Afitu (sweep, coach)


Hillmorton High School

Aoraki welcomes this team from Hillmorton. They were just learning in the world of Dragon Boating in 2009, but are having a lot of fun doing so.

Hillmorton have a team of year 13 and 12 students involved. They have had a great group of Yr 13’s who train through the summer (2009-10), once a week on the water and in the school gym at 7am two times a week.

At the start of the 2011-12 season, Andrea told us "We are really looking forward to another Dragon Boat season, we have a great new bunch of students who are very keen to be involved, so let's hope they keep that enthusiasm up all season!"

A big thanks to Terry Coyle for all his coaching and Paddy O’Loughlin at Buildcrete Construction Ltd for our uniforms.

Hillmorton Te Kura Taurua o Horomaka

Key Team players:

  • Andrea Kendrew (manager)
  • Terry Coyle (sweep, coach)
  • Peter Mitchell (coach and mentor)

Kaiapoi High School

Kaiapoi High logo

Kaiapoi were introduced to Dragon Boating in March 2013 as part of the Secondary School Challenge.

Kaiapoi High School, girls, 2013

Key Team players:

  • Maree Reynolds (Sports Coordinator)
  • Bevan Rogers (Sweep and coach)

Marian College


Marian College

Key Team players:

  • Ian Stothers (Sweep, Coach)
  • Bronwyn Bennie (Sports Coordinator)
  • Kathy Seaward
  • Rachel Parkin (HOD of Physical Education and Sport)

Rangiora High School

Rangiora were introduced to Dragon Boating in March 2013 as part of the Secondary School Challenge.

In October when they asked for commitment to a team they had 50 girls signed up for dragon boating and no boys! However when it came down to it, it was the Girls who were committed to the sport.

They also started to train up two of the senior girls as the sweeps.

At the start of the 2014-15 season they had 33 girls signed on, with Year 13 girls helping out as well.

Key Team players:

  • Wendy Cathcart (Sports Coordinator)
  • Marian Hanson (Teacher in Charge) assisted by Tina Duff and Craig Campion.
  • Glen Phipps (Coach) assisted by his daughter Chelsea Phipps
  • Megan Shore (Sweep)

St Margaret’s College

St Margarets 2005"SMC", in their distinctive red and white strip, has entered Dragonboat festivals since 2002, although all paddlers are new to the sport this year (as they are most years).

In 2010, the year of the St Margaret’s College centenary, the Year 13 ‘SMC Tsunami’ team, ably swept by Rick Smith for the 8th year, are out to prove that they are stronger and better on the water than the fiercely competitive Year 12 Red crew.

Captain and co-captains Charlotte and Emma have been inspirational this season, particularly successful last weekend in organizing chants with other teams on the Wellington water front to entertain the crowds following the Tsunami warning.

St Margarets are well known for their friendliness, energy levels and their awesome songs and chants!


Key Team players:

  • Sue Harlow (manager and sweep)
  • Rick Harlow (sweep, coach)

Villa Maria

The Villa Maria College team has been participating in regatta's for a number of years now. 

We promote dragonboating as a teambuilding venture for our Year 13 students only so each year the team starts from scratch. 

This year's team (2009-10) have improved in leaps and bounds having had only 5 weeks of training.  The girls have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have definitely done themselves proud.  They are very competitive and are determined to improve even further at this regatta and will give it everything.

Thanks to Janice Melville who has given up time her yet again to coach and sweep for our team.  Thanks Janice!

Tracey Tims (manager)