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2022 U18 North vs South Team Announcement

  • 25 Apr 22

Following successful trials at Lake Ruataniwha (22-24 April) and Lake Karapiro (23-25 April), the U18 North and South teams have been selected. The teams will train together this week before competing at the North vs South Regatta at Lake Karapiro from the 28-29 April 2022.

U18 North vs South Team announcements

North Island U18 Team


Brylee Deacon, Cambridge High School

Jenna Brangwynne, Otumoetai College

Jess Sutherland, Wellington Girls’ College

Madeleine Cox, Hamilton Girls’ College

Nico Daly, Wellington Girls’ College

Olivia Abbott, Mount Albert Grammar School

Olivia Masey, Wellington Girls’ College

Phoebe Dobson, Westlake Girls’ High School

Rebecca McClaren, Glendowie College

Skye Lang, Takapuna Grammar School

Sophie Dykgraaf, Westlake Girls’ College

Zola Kemp, Wellington Girls’ College


Alex Logan, Westlake Boys’ High School

Anton Bernard, Aquinas College

Baxter McGillivray, King’s College Auckland

Jack Henry, Onewhero Area School

Jono Obrien, Hamilton Boys’ High School

Josh Syme, Hamilton Boys’ High School

Justin Chao, Auckland Grammar School

Justin Smyth, Hillcrest High School

Lucas Cooke, Hamilton Boys’ High School

Maxim Ericsson, Wellington College

Sam Sturgess, Sacred Heart College Auckland

William Milne, Hamilton Boys’ High School


Alice Mackintosh, Waikato Diocesan School

George Mackintosh, St Paul’s Collegiate School

Kaelin Reinsfieldbree, Mount Albert Grammar School

Riley Andrew, Tauranga Girls College


Alice Denyer

Brett Henry

Ella Pudney

Kylee Corboy


Adrian Riepen

South Island U18 Team


Alice Ferguson, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

Bridgette Sutton, Columba College

Daisy Vavasour, Marlborough Girls’ College

Elsie Talbot, Craighead Diocesan School

Frankie Richards, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

Hannah Wylie, St. Margaret's College

Harriet Thompson, Otago Girls’ High School

Lexi Timpson, Marlborough Girls’ College

Millie Scott, Columba College

Neve Bates, Wakatipu High School

Olivia Key, Wakatipu High School

Olivia Studholme, St Margaret’s College


Charlie Poulter, Christ's College

Hugh Straker, Marlborough Boys' College

Jack Dennehy-Coles, St Bede’s College

Luke Hickling, St Bede’s College

Marley King Smith, Wakatipu High School

Matthew Glen, St Bede’s College

Matthew O'Meara, John McGlashan College

Oscar Clatworthy, Cashmere High School

Sam Clelland, Cashmere High School

Sam Woodgate, St Bede’s College

William Talbot, Timaru Boys’ High School

Zachary Jenkins, Marlborough Boys' College


Annabel Wynn-Williams, Rangi Ruru Girls School

Ashlee Tacon, St. Margaret's College

Bridget Pye, Rangi Ruru Girls School

Sebastian Kuhn, Christchurch boys’ high school


Sophie Strachan

Hayden Soper

Tim Hopkins

Tim Osmers


Ricardo De Sousa

North Island Coaches

Brett Henry

Brett first started rowing at West End Rowing Club where he rowed to Premier level before shifting to North Shore Rowing Club. While Brett rowed to Premier level at both clubs he was also selected into the NZ emerging rowers program and was a two time NZ trialist. During this time Brett was fortunate to be coached by some influential elite coaches of his era. After a 20 year break from rowing Brett came back into the sport when his children got involved at Mercer rowing club. Brett has been Head Coach at Mercer for 6 years and has coached all levels (novice through to senior, men and women) during which time the club and associated schools have reached numerous podium performances. Last year he was involved with the North vs South program and was one of the Dark Blues coaches in Auckland. Brett has also played rugby league in England and South Africa, captaining Transvaal as well as being the forwards coach for the South African Rugby League team. He now enjoys coaching the 1st XV of his local school in the winter.

Kylee Corboy

While Kylee was at university in Wellington she began coaching Onslow college where she remained for 3 seasons. Her time in Wellington also saw her coach a Victoria University Novice men’s crew in 2010. When she returned to Hamilton in 2013 she was asked to come back and coach for her former school Sacred Heart Girls College where she initially coached the novice and under 15 rowers before moving on to work with the u16 squad rowers. In 2016 Kylee moved to Timaru where she coached for Timaru Boys High School for two seasons. In 2018 Kylee moved back to Hamilton to become Head Coach for Sacred Heart Girls College a role she has had for the past 3 seasons. Kylee is currently undertaking a Sport Science degree with Wintec and was part of the first RNZ Career Coach cohort. Kylee was selected to coach the U18 North Island team in 2020 and 2021.

Ella Pudney

Ella is currently one of the regional coaches based in Wellington. She started rowing in 2012, and was selected in the 2014 NZ Junior team in the Women’s Coxless Four, followed by the NZ U21 Team in 2015, and a member of Central RPC from 2014-2017. Ella began coaching in 2015, after a cycling accident forced her to take some time off training. After completing a season of coaching, and heading back into her own training, she decided coaching was the right path for her. Ella has since coached a variety of athletes from novice through to senior, Central RPC trialists, Wellington Girls College, National Pathway members, Wellington Inter-Provincial squad, and Wellington-based NZ U19/U21 representatives. More recently, she has coached the Wellington Regional Squad to a successful 2022 National Champs.

Between 2019 and 2021, Ella worked for Sport Wellington, where she worked with Regional Sports Organisations to implement and provide positive sporting experiences and pathways for youth, alongside studying towards a Master’s degree in Business. Ella is a director of the Wellington Rowing Association, a Central RPC trustee, a member of the second Career Coach intake, and part of the HPSNZ Core Knowledge Programme.

Alice Denyer

Alice started rowing at Marlow Rowing Club in the UK, rowing for GB as a junior before rowing in a high-performance center as a senior. Transitioning from athlete to coach and teacher in 2013, Alice became Head Coach at Dulwich College in 2017. Alice coached the Great Britain Junior Mens 4- to three Golds and a Silver at the Coupe de la Jeunesse while in her role at Dulwich. Making the move to New Zealand in October 2019, Alice has since been the Director of Rowing and Head Coach at Mount Albert Grammar, coaching both the Boys and Girls senior squads. Alice is a participant in the second cohort of Career Coach, and current intake of the HPSNZ Core Knowledge programme.

South Island Coaches

Hayden Soper

Hayden’s passion for coaching started after his last season rowing for St Bede’s College in Christchurch in 2013. Like most coaches he started working with Novices through to u18s over 5 seasons with the school. During this time Hayden continued his professional development by completing RNZ coach education modules and attending RNZ coaches conference. He is now a qualified Personal Trainer and has been working in a semi private gym for 3 years coaching group fitness classes and 1-1 clients. He began coaching Cashmere High School in 2019 and took on the role of Head Coach for the last 2 seasons. Since then the squad has had its most successful regattas to date, including making school history with qualifying their boys 8+ into the 2021 Maadi Cup final followed up this year finishing 4th place. The school also received their first ever girls medal with u16 girls taking home 2 silvers in the double and quad.

Sophie Strachan

Sophie became involved in rowing while at Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru. She followed this up as a coach for the school and club rower for Timaru while conducting her studies (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) at Lincoln University. After making the permanent move to Christchurch, Sophie was head coach for 5 years at Burnside High School. Sophie then took on a volunteer role with the Canterbury Rowing Association (CRA) working with Lincoln University Scholarship rowers and also became a Trainee Race Official. Since then, Sophie has coached at Christchurch Boys’ High School for 5 years, has been an assistant coach with Southern RPC winter squads, team manager for South Island U18s and NZ U21s, is now a Licensed Race Official, member of the CRA executive and in 2021 completed the RNZ Career Coach programme. Sophie has also just finished her first season coaching at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. Outside of rowing Sophie is a NZILA Registered Landscape Architect and operates her own business. Husband Hayden and daughter Alexandra (1yo) love their rowing trips to Twizel and look forward to sharing these with a new family member (due October) next season.

Tim Hopkins

Tim is currently the Assistant director of rowing and lead senior coach for St Andrews College in Christchurch. Tim moved to NZ from the UK in 2018, where he had previously coached at Liverpool University first as assistant coach before taking on the head coach role in 2017. When Tim moved to NZ he became head coach of Avonside Girls High School and got their first ever trialist into the NZ Junior team in the W4-. Since then Tim has continued to involve himself in the Canterbury region assisting with Avon Rowing Club and Southern RPC. Tim has previously been involved as the head regional coach for Canterbury Rowing Association and coached the South Island U18 team in 2021. Tim studied Physics at university and has a Masters in renewable energy. Since arriving in NZ Tim has continued to upskill himself in coaching by completing the RNZ coach education modules, attending seminars, workshops, coaches conference and is part of the HPSNZ core knowledge programme.

Tim Osmers

Tim is now in his 18th year with the sport. He started his rowing career at school with St Thomas of Canterbury College, before joining the Avon Rowing Club. During his time rowing with Avon, Tim enjoyed success in both club and senior grades.

Tim also competed internationally both with Avon and with the University of Otago, as well as rowing for the Southern RPC.

In 2015, Tim began his coaching career and from 2015-2020, he coached at Shirley Boys' High School as the lead senior coach. In 2018, Tim also coached for Avon Rowing Club leading the novice women athletes through their first season. Tim took up the Head Coach role at Christchurch Boys' High School for the 2021 season. After just finishing his second season in the role, the squad walked away with 5 medals at the New Zealand's Secondary School Championships (Aon Maadi Cup) including 3 in each of the Boys U18 sweep events. A keen coach, Tim has undertaken coaching education with Rowing New Zealand and completed the Scholarship Programme.

Tim is also a registered builder and operates his own building company with his team of builders which includes some of the athletes he has coached over the years.