Aon Maadi Cup 2021 | The biggest and busiest yet

The 2021 Aon Maadi Cup was held between March 22 and 27 and an incredible 2623 competitors from 123 schools competed across 50 different events. Aon has been the proud major sponsor of the New Zealand Secondary Schools National Championships for over 16 years, which is the longest sponsorship for a major school sporting event in New Zealand. This partnership encourages the generation of talent for future New Zealand representatives and helps foster the growth of young New Zealanders into great people.
In recent years, Aon has extended their support of the rowing community through a partnership with Laszlo Boats which sees the schools of the female and male winners of the Under 17 Single Scull event awarded a new single skiff. This year’s winner for the girls’ event was from Sacred Heart Girls' College in New Plymouth. Sophia Hodson, coached by Philippa Baker-Hogan and Gus Berghan, won her heat and semi-final ahead of winning gold in the girls’ U17 single with a time of 8:33:58. The boys’ U17 single race was taken out by Riley Wills from St Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton with a time of 7:21:95. Riley, coached by former New Zealand rower Axel Dickinson, also won his heat and semi-final before winning the A final. Sophia and Riley were presented with the new Laszlo single skiffs by Aon’s Deputy Managing Director, Russell Bailey in front of the estimated fifteen thousand spectators in attendance on Saturday; "We chose the U17 races simply for the fact that any school in New Zealand could win that and it is exciting to have now had six different schools take home a brand-new skiff. We love seeing the Aon Maadi Cup skiffs in action on the water in the under 18 events each year and look forward to one of the Aon Maadi Cup legacy schools getting the win in the years to come".


Champions were crowned in 24 events on Saturday alone with the big winners of the Levin Jubilee Cup and the Maadi Cup being announced following the last two races of the regatta. The girls’ under 18 eight event was dominated by South Island crews, with St Margaret’s College winning the bronze medal, Canterbury Girls High School securing silver and Rangi Ruru taking out the gold medal and the coveted Levin Jubilee Cup for the 16th time. Rangi Ruru Girls School were also awarded the Star Trophy for the overall champion school of the regatta.

Christ’s College reclaimed the Maadi Cup and the boys’ U18 eight title in 2021 with a six second win over Auckland Grammar School who finished in silver place and ahead of St Andrew’s College who secured the bronze medal.
At Aon, we are passionate supporters of young New Zealanders and we strive to help them achieve their potential in the sport of their choosing. Find out more about Aon’s sponsorship of Rowing New Zealand and the Aon Maadi Cup here.

Photo Credits: Rowing NZ/Art of Rowing

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