Sporting highlights for Minister in Taupo Electorate

Electorate news
Friday, March 27, 2015

MP for Taupo Louise Upston will host Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman in the Taupo electorate today to attend the 2015 Aon Maadi Cup New Zealand Secondary School Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro.

The annual championships attract 2200 secondary school students representing 120 schools from around New Zealand, with the event being the largest rowing regatta in the country.

“I look forward to attending the Maadi cup festivities each year and it’s always great to see so many talented young people aiming for success at a national level right here in our backyard,” Ms Upston said.

Ms Upston said she is expecting a high level of recognition of rowing legend Sir Don Rowlands, who passed away earlier this month.

 “As well as being a highly successfully businessman, Sir Don was a talented businessman who gave up much of his time to help organise local events such as the Maadi Cup. His contribution will definitely be felt throughout the duration of these championships and his legacy will live on for years to come.”

After taking in the action at the Maadi Cup, Ms Upston will accompany Minister Coleman as he visits Rowing New Zealand’s High Performance Centre.

The centre has been a training base for many of New Zealand’s Olympic and World Champions, including Rowing New Zealand board member Nathan Cohen and current New Zealand rowing team member Mahe Drysdale. Both are Olympic champions and will be on hand to give a tour of the facilities.

“The High Performance Centre is not only a facility for developing up and coming rowers, but is also the home of a number of canoe racers aiming to represent New Zealand on the world stage.”

Before his visit to the Taupo electorate is completed Minister Coleman will take a look inside the Home of Cycling Avantidrome near Cambridge.