Learn to Row Programme

We are excited to let you know that St Peter’s College will be offering a Learn to Row programme in the July holidays. This is an opportunity for your son to try out rowing and see if it’s something he would like to pursue.

The programme will cover a range of topics, including land-based training for fitness, strength and flexibility, as well as time on the water to practice technique, skills and drills. We will also be incorporating team building exercises, to help the participants develop a sense of camaraderie and work together to achieve their goals.

Rowing is an incredibly rewarding sport, and it can help to develop mental strength and resilience. St Peter’s College has one of the best rowing programmes in New Zealand and we are always looking for new rowers to join our squad.

If you would like to learn more about our Learn to Row programme, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you would like to sign your son up for the programme then please click on the link below.


Pictures from Maadi Cup 2023





The St Peter’s College Rowing tradition was introduced by Brother F.P. O’Driscoll in 1941 built was quickly discontinued in 1944, only to be reintroduced 60+ years later in 2005, by then principal Kieran Fouhy. After a faltering start, rowing has since established itself as a principal sport at the school alongside fixtures like rugby, football and basketball.
Our St Peter’s College Rowing (SPCR) squad is relatively small but we are mighty! We are currently ranked amongst the best secondary schools in New Zealand having competed at MAADI 2020/21, concluding the regatta ranked 3rd sculling rowing secondary school and 6th overall NZ rowing secondary school. No mean feat for a fixture that is 15 years young at our school!


Our SPCR program is demanding. Our squad is made up of 45 young athletes which we select from Year 9 through to Year 13 students; we have a coaching team of 4 led by our Director of Rowing Samuel Jackson; and they are supported by the squads parents and families. The squad trains and competes eight months out of 12, with off-season training and individual work -on programs in preparation for the next season.

As well as training our SPCR program teaches important life skills like self-management and optimal nutrition for athletes. We also provide a pathway for our young athletes to achieve beyond their schooling years boasting SPCR alumni that have rowing scholarships with UK and USA Universities, as well as those selected for the New Zealand junior, U21,U23, Olympic and World teams.
The SPCR rowing tradition is strong, and getting stronger with every year. If you are interested in rowing and think you’ve got what it takes to be part of our squad – get in touch.Please be aware the squad is selected in August and runs from September through to April.

Click here for the SPCR FAQ’s


Check us out on You Tube:

2019 Henley Royal Regatta –

2019-2020 Season –

2020 – 2021 Season –

Director of Rowing

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