Rowing in the Family
Story by Eloise Angus
Rowing is starting to look like family business.
"It's in the blood" Te Awamutu rower Jonathan Hoskin admits, who has just finished his first season with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Regional rowing crew.
Jonathan eagerly watched his dad David Hoskin row for Auckland in the early 1970's, and became involved in the sport only 13 months ago.
Jonathan or Jono to his crew was nominated by his coach Clive Steenson in June to represent the region in the National Super Five rowing competition.
Coach Clive Steenson says he nominated Jono because he is good. "He has serious discipline and drive."
The regional team, built up of eight under 23-year-olds, trained for two months solid building up to national regattas starting in September, at Lake Karapiro, the hallowed home of New Zealand rowing.
"After the training rows we would all be physically exhausted," said Jono, who would get up at seven every Saturday and Sunday morning to train for at least three hours.
"Afterwards we would sit around and talk about the row, with the coach giving us a debrief about how we went."
As well as weekends, the rowers would train individually at the gym 4-5 times a week.
Up against the best male rowers in New Zealand at the Super Five racing, Jono and his crew beat Wellington and Otago at national competitions, but could not beat the strong Auckland and Mainland (Christchurch) crews.
Jono has also had success back home with his Te Awamutu rowing team, who have won North Island and national club regattas since they came together as a team only 13 months ago.
The success of the rowing crews has meant that the club is "climbing the ladder" says coach Steenson, "and becoming the successful rowing club it was in the early eighties again."
Rowing has become an increasingly popular sport recently, which Steenson believes is due to Rob Waddell's golden success rowing for New Zealand at the Sydney 2000 Games.
"He helped our club, it publicised rowing," said Steenson.