Four new boats named for Epsom Rowing

posted 23 Oct 2012, 01:49 by Allan Moyle
Epsom Girls Grammar Rowing this week unveiled the names for their 4 new boats in readiness for the 2012/13 Season in a ceremony attended by a large crowd of current rowers, EGGS Rowing Old Girls  and Club supporters both past and present. 

The 4 new boats comprising 3 Singles and a Double/Pair were able to be procured after a fantastic and incredibly well supported fund raising effort during Season 2011/12 lead by Tracy Lucas and the fund-raising sub-committee.  The 4 boats will enable EGGS Rowing to continue to commit to its program of striving for and maintaining excellence in the small boat classes and further assist in supporting the growth in rowers the club has been enjoying over the last few years.

Adding 4 new boats to a club does mean finding 4 names and it is with huge pride that we are able to celebrate the success of one of our own and a current World Champion to boot in naming the new Double /Pair after Kayla Pratt. 

Kayla rowed at Epsom from 2005 through to 2009 achieving Maadi medal successes and has since gone on to win a NZ Championship Red Jacket  and most recently Gold in the Pair at the U23 World Championships this year – both feats are firsts for a rower from our Club.  

Each of the Singles names recognises the commitment and support of three men who each have given much of their time and knowledge in nurturing and developing not only rowers, but the club itself. 

Peter Hook as  Past President and long term committee member, “maintenance man”,  and School Council Representative continued and aided the development of the club during some of its difficult times and doing so secured a better foundation both for its future administrative and sporting success. 

Ash Smith whose own rowing pedigree is well established has been involved in with club as a Coach for many years. He  has had a hand in the development of many of our well performed crews and the collegial coaching style that has become a hallmark of the Epsom Rowing coaching approach. 

Graeme 'Grader' Howells has been a long-standing coach for Epsom rowing and is often the first coach most of our girls encounter as part of our have a go days and novice recruitment. His enthusiasm for rowing is clear for them to see and his commitment both to their well-being and on-going development within our club has been valued by all who have had been coached by him. 

It is with much pride that we honour these four people and we wish all those girls who get to row in “their” boats every success. Further photos are available for viewing at