On Friday evening I had the privilege of attending the annual Waikato University Blues Awards evening, held this year at the Avantidrome, Cambridge.
Our ex-students receiving blues were Anna Mahon, June Dams, Mariah Ririnui and Zoe Stevenson. In addition, and for the second year in a row, Zoe was awarded Sportswoman of the Year.
We are the only Tauranga School to receive any blues awards and we also had news this week that Ariana Moffat (TGC- joint Sportsgirl of the year 2015) has received a Sir Edmund Hillary scholarship for 2016
So many talented young women will achieve their dreams beyond school because of the start given them at TGC.
Pauline Cowens (Principal)
Zoe Stevenson is daughter of Herb Stevenson, who represented New Zealand in rowing and primarly in the eights in the 1980s. She teamed up with Fiona Bourke in the Women's Double Scull again in 2014. Bourke and Stevenson had a successful season winning a handful of medals in their first year together. They started off winning Gold at the Sydney World Cup, they were just a whisker out of gold medal contention at the Lucerne World Cup and the World Rowing Championships in Korea, where they picked up the silver. In 2014, they won Gold at the Lucerne World Cup and went onto win Gold at the World Rowing Championships.
Zoe first wore the black rowsuit in 2009 where she competed in the junior women's eight which won silver, in 2010 she moved into the under-23 women's eight which also won silver, she also raced in the elite 2010 world rowing championships held at Lake Karapiro in the women's four. In 2011 she returned to the women's under-23 eight which won silver and in 2012 she was the Olympic reserve.
Above information taken from Rowing NZ
Zoe Stevenson Wikipedia Reference
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