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Strong-armed… Evan Williams (left) and Jacob Davey take out the national under-17 double-sculls title, topping a winning month on the water for Takapuna Grammar School (TGS) rowers.

Takapuna Grammar struck gold last weekend with Evan Williams and Jacob Davey winning the under-19 double sculls at the national club rowing championships.

It’s been a winning month for Williams, who also won gold in the under-18 single sculls (division one) at the Auckland championships, and placing third in the men’s under-20 single sculls in the national club championships held on Lake Karapiro on 22 and 23 February.

Winners on the water… Evan Williams (left) and Jacob Davey.

TGS students also claimed silver nationally in the female intermediate coxed quadruple sculls (Imogen Butcher, Annabelle Knowles, Skye Lang, Daisy Butcher and Nicolette Grant), bronze in the male novice double sculls (Fritze Andrae and Dylan Chamberlain) and bronze in the male intermediate coxed quad sculls (Connor Bacchus, Mika Hessling, Sam Barningham, Oliver Ng and Jacob Hamlin).

Meanwhile, at a Lake Pupuke regatta on 15 February, TGS rowed its way to 15 podium finishes and 52 medals and was crowned 2020 Auckland Head of the Harbour champions.

Thirty-one schools and 854 athletes competed in 108 races, with the TGS girls crews collectively finishing third overall and the boys placing fourth.

Among top results, Annabelle Knowles and Skye Lang won the girls under-15 double sculls (division one) and TGS teams won the boys under-16 coxed double sculls (division one), girls under-17 coxed quad sculls (division one) and girls under-15 coxed octuple sculls (division one).

This article originally appeared in the 28 February edition of the Devonport FlagstaffDownload PDF.