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Petone Rowing Club - More History

Petone Rowing Club



As a not-for-profit organisation, the club is run by volunteers, governed by a member-elected Committee. 
The club has an active Committee that provide management control in all areas of the clubs management.

International Rowing Achievements
With a unique blend of people that have consistently archived local, regional, and national rowing success,  the PRC is 
a club of champions. The PRC has consistently been selected to provide International Rowers to represent New Zealand 
since 1950 until now. This is a significant achievement by any clubs standard.

Some of the many international rowers achievements from the 1950's until now include, Jack McCarten was selected to 
represented NZ at the 1950 Empire Games, and Geoff Benge represented NZ at the 1962 Empire Games.

In the 1970's the PRC enjoyed the greatest successes, in 1974 Des Lock represented NZ at the World Championships, 
Bill Vine represented New Zealand as the NZ Colts Manager, and a young Viv Haar represented NZ as a NZ Colt.
In 1975 the World Champion the selection of a Petone person was repeated by Ian Boserio.

National Rowing Achievements
In 1977 the PRC won the New Zealand Premier Championship Eights, which still remains a great moment of
pride and encouragement for the club, as a measure of achievement and possibilities of what can again be achieved.


Jacket insignia 1930

The Petone Rowing Club. Colours were defined and agreed on the 11th of December 1900, including White Trousers, White Cap with Red Buttons, White Singlet with broad Red Sash, Straw Hats, (Boaters), with Red Bands.

Notice in the left picture how the Club spelt Pitoone in the 1900's until the late 1950's, this was the Maori spelling. The spelling was changed to Petone to reflect the local towns name.

By the 1960's the colours were Gold tops and Black shorts,

Today the club has Fluorescent Yellow Tops and Black shorts.


Club Jacket from 1930

Association with others
During the 1950's & 1960s' a lot of the PRC rowers played Rugby for the Petone Rugby Club thru the winter,  
and then returned to the Petone Rowing Club to row during the summer.  This kept the rowers fit & in condition 
all year round & filled their sports year.

The PRC has a long standing relationship with schools and individual school pupils who wish to row at Petone. In 1982 St. Bernard's College from Lower Hutt joined the PRC as an affiliate, under the management and coaching of Brother Terence Costello, (who was also the School headmaster). The St. Bernard's involvement resulted in School Rowing from Petone achieving some remarkable successes in a short period of time, such as the crew winning the Gold Medal 19B Eights and the 19B Four Gold in 1986. This was a proud moment for the School and the PRC. St. Bernard's rowed from PRC until 1992, ending a long term relationship after Brother Terence moved to Auckland. From 1991 to 1994 the PRC and Hutt Valley High School from Lower Hutt agreed an affiliation, this short period resulted in some significant talent identified and development, with many rowers nominated to New Zealand Junior Junior selection, including Hunter Tretheway, Stephen Gough, and Michael Wilson. Hunter went on to represent New Zealand at several international regattas against Australia.

 

Woman Rowers at PRC
In 1992 the PRC opened the doors to Woman rowers,  


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