TEACHERS IN CHARGE:    Tanya Williams.      [email protected] 

Head Coach:  Richard Gee    [email protected]

Coaches: Sarah Coatsworth, Craig Bocock, Nicky Austin

Coxswain Coach: Beth Arnott

To our prospective new rowers and parents, we offer a very warm welcome! 

Rowing is a unique sport: Success demands individual mastery of a skill, then total application of this skill in a team environment. No individual has ever crossed the line first, without the help of his crew, on and/or off water. Rowing is about the crew, your mates and doing your best for the team.  

Rowing entails a very demanding journey, one that offers great rewards and lifelong friendships to those who make the effort. Tauranga Boy' College has a long legacy in Rowing, The boys learn teamwork, resilience and belief in hard work. These are values that can be carried through all aspects of life at school and beyond. 

Rowing offers boys a chance to travel to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships from their first season. In 2024, they will compete at Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel, South Island, which is an exciting opportunity and a fantastic experience for the squad. The boys are taught from scratch, as few have any prior training before commencing the school program. 

I am looking forward to a great season and I would urge all parents to become involved and support their son. Boys - I wish you every success in your rowing journey.

Tanya Williams

Teacher in Charge 


On-water training is done at Bay of Plenty Coast Rowing Club,  369 Wairoa Road, Te Puna. Off-water sessions are in the school training gym at the Devoy Squash Centre, diagonal to school on Devonport Rd, or at school.


Rowing is a summer sport. The rowing season starts in September and goes through to March/April the following year. Novice Rowers start in the Learn to Row program then continue to train and begin competing in regattas in September.

Winter training may involve one on-water and a couple of off-water sessions.  On-water training sessions usually last around 2 hours.

It is OK if your Rowing training is minimised during the winter season, and we strongly encourage you to pursue a winter sport.

Training ramps up in Term 4 and continues through the holidays into Term 1. At this time, you will be training multiple times per week, whether on or off water.


We have a Rowing camp from January 2nd to 7th, 2024 at Bay of Plenty Coast Rowing Club. It is important to attend this camp as it is often an opportunity for coaches to begin the process of choosing places for the rowers in boats.


You will need to purchase a TBC rowsuit, racing cap, training shirt and tracksuit. Some additional items will be available at times and there may be second hand items available.


You will have all equipment provided at your training sessions, but you will just be responsible for bringing a drink bottle, socks and a thermal layer for winter training.


Learn to Row is free. 

Fees will include all regatta and transport fees will be loaded (on a pro-rata basis) onto your TBC account, accessed via the TBC portal. Fees this season are estimated to be under $1000.

Fees will differ depending on whether we travel to Lake Karapiro or Lake Ruataniwha in the South Island for the NZ Secondary Schools regatta (Maadi Cup). We actively fundraise, seek sponsorship and try to provide work opportunities. Coxswains pay only a portion of fees.


EVENT DATES 2023 / 2024:

Rotorua 1000 – November 4th 

Karapiro Memorial – November 18th - 19th 

Karapiro Christmas Regatta – December 15th 

North Island Club Champs – Karapiro – January 27th-28th  

National Club Champs – Karapiro - Tuesday February 13th-16th February

AON North Island Secondary Schools – Karapiro March 1/2/3

AON New Zealand Secondary Schools Maadi – Twizel – March 18th -23rd


Students who are interested in Rowing, either email or meet with Mrs Williams in R23. [email protected] 

You can also join the Google Classroom  - code is 22um45g

Our main communication is via WhatsApp. Once you join the squad, you will be given a link to the chat for your group.