Hello and welcome to Waitemata Rowing Club (WRC)
Our club has been here in Taipari Strand Te Atatu since it was founded in 1883 and we are the second oldest Rowing Club in Auckland. This club has rich past in New Zealand rowing with many successful rowers competing on the national and international stage. We are also proud to have had the first New Zealander to ever win an Olympic Medal a club member. Mr Darcy Clarence Hadfield won a bronze medal at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp and you will see one of our boats is named after him – The Hadfield.
The club building can be explained in two parts. The boat house is where the boats, trailers and equipment are housed. This is also where the boat maintenance is carried out. The rest of the building is referred to as the clubrooms and it is here you will find the gymnasium, erg machines, changing rooms, kitchen and the lounge / meeting room. We have a notice board located on the wall in the boathouse and the club first aid kit is also located in this area. There are three emergency exits in the building – one at the rear of the boat house, one at the bottom of the stairs that lead from the second level down to the changing rooms and one at the bottom of the main entry stairs to the clubrooms.
Rowing is a sport that requires discipline, integrity, determination and full commitment. It is the ultimate team sport where the physical and personal benefits set athletes up for life. While it is imperative that you enjoy your rowing, we do expect you to be committed, reliable, hardworking and supportive of one another.
Alongside the many physical benefits of rowing the demands of rowing give rowers the opportunity to develop great friendships, determination, discipline, commitment and self-worth. Rowing provides an environment which fosters team work and promotes emotional and physical well-being.
Rowing is a demanding sport for not only the rower but your parents as well, that being said, it can be extremely rewarding for all involved. Due to the nature of rowing squads, rowers and parents spend a great deal of time together particularly at regattas and camps. Parent can expect to be involved in fundraising, car-pooling and supporting the rowers at regattas and camps.
Waitemata Rowing Club Inc. Mission Statement:
To encourage all youngsters, beginners and families, elite and veteran rowers to participate in rowing with and for the club. Not only for their health and fitness sake, but to achieve a good reputation not only in our sport but the wider community as well.
The club is dedicated to successful competitive rowing. In pursuit of this the members will be expected to take pride in the club; invest in youth; develop new members; employ the best Techniques and Resources we can afford; value and support social activities.