Published on: 28 March 2013

Director of Rowing Steve Saunders described his senior rowers as “exceptional” and “hardworking” as the rowing season drew to a close with the PSA Head of the River at Champion Lakes on Saturday. The First VIII finished second behind favourites Trinity by 3.7secs in the big race of the day.

The First VIII crew, including Captain of Boats Max Welborn (stroke), Cameron Schoonakker, Jack Cooper, Sam Marsh, David Latham, Jonathan Knight, Luke Gollschewski, Nick House (bow) and Alisdair Henderson (cox), crossed the line in 5.59.3 ahead of Guildford (6.04.4).

Guildford upset both Trinity and Christ Church to win the Hamer Cup with 250 points despite winning just one race on the day. Trinity (247 points) finished second with Scotch (236) finishing just one point ahead of Christ Church in the cup rankings.

Mr Saunders said Christ Church Rowing had a good season as was reflected in a great Head of the River Dinner on Saturday night. “It was a real celebration with wonderful speeches from J Welborn (President of the Don Fraser Club), the Headmaster (Garth Wynne) and myself,” he said. He thanked the coaches, including 10 old boys and in particular First VIII head coach Simon Cox (Class of 1981).

He also congratulated the Second VIII, who won every race of the season, including the Head of the River Regatta. He singled out the 10Bs, who finished second on Saturday – better than they had all season, and the Fourth VIII members, who formed to row in the last two and a half weeks of the season.

Congratulations to the following rowers:


Year 12 Best Rower Max Welborn
Year 12 Runner-up Sam Marsh
Year 11 Best Rower David Latham
Year 10 Best Rower Patrick Sewell
Year 9 Best Rower Thomas Weight


Photos courtesy of Steve Ward and Anna Rowe