The school rows by affiliation with the Star Boating Club. Rowing is not for you unless you like to be really fit and are prepared to attend all sessions regardless of the weather or the hour of the day. Participants must be prepared to work at fitness all year and if you become a senior rower, training for New Zealand Secondary School championships is an intensive daily activity. The summer season runs from the start of Term 4 until the end of Term 1.
Rowing incurs considerable costs. Fees are between $3000 and $4000 a year to cover transport, accommodation and food for training camp and regattas. Places are restricted and fees are not paid until you are placed in a regular programme.
Approximately 12 new rowers begin in September - October of each year, mostly from the junior school. Watch the Daily Notices and the Sports Notice Board in Term 2 or 3 for trial information.
A committee of WGC rowing parents helps to organise transport, accommodation and food for training camps and regattas.
Summer training usually involves 3 to 4 sessions a week. These sessions are 2 hours long and involve rowing on the harbour or doing fitness training in the Boat Club. They are generally held from 6am to 8am or 4 pm to 6pm. If you row as a senior, training is generally 5 to 6 days a week. In the lead up to major competitions such as Nationals (Maadi Cup), students can be training up to 2 times a day every day. There is a one-week training camp held every year during the summer holidays.
During the first half of the season, the rowing competitions are club events with rowers competing for Star Boating Club. Regattas are generally held on Wellington Harbour, Lake Horowhenua, the Manawatu River, the Whanganui River or Lake Karapiro (Cambridge).
During the second half of the season, rowers compete in inter school regattas for Wellington Girls’ College. Inter school champs are held in Wellington, Lake Horowhenua, Lake Karapiro (Cambridge) or Lake Ruataniwha (Twizel).
Star Boating Club uniform (unitard) for club events. WGC Rowing uniform (unitard) for inter school events.
Fees are between $3000 and $4000 for one year. Extra costs are uniforms and gear like polyprops and shorts for training.