More than 2000 high school rowers are at Karāpiro this week for the Maadi Cup. Among them is Jadin Kingi from Sacred Heart in Auckland who is chasing gold on his home awa, Waikato.
Jadin Kingi has reached the finals in two events at this week’s Maadi Cup national secondary schools rowing competition. And he might have a huge advantage up his sleeve, “Waikato is my river, my awa,” he says. “So, I say a quick prayer before I race so I can get the mana.”
Kingi (Waikato, Te Rarawa) is only in his 3rd year of rowing. He says he took it up “just to try something different” as he was playing tough, rugby and basketball at the time.