THE HOME OF TARANAKI ROWING
ROWING FOR ALL AGES & ABILITIES
If you’re aged 14 or over, rowing is a great sport to get fit, meet new friends, have fun and potentially compete around New Zealand. Clifton Rowing Club caters for beginners in the sport and particularly encourages High School students to try it out.
We also have an active Masters-aged rowing team (aged 27+) accepting new Members.
Throughout Winter, up to September is the perfect time to join the Club during an Open House session. Sign up at our Open House and your first 2 weeks of training are Free. Various Membership fees apply after that (See our How to Join section).
If you miss our Open House session, no problem, you can join the Club any time. Contact the Club directly to find out how.
Water-based sports always require a competent swimming ability, so please bear that in mind.
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MEET THE COACHES
Clifton Rowing Club takes pride in the high standard of our coaching team.
Our coaches are passionate about youth development and excellent rowing at all levels.
Gus Berghan (gentleman to the right)
Gus is our Club President, Novice Coach and an honoured Life Member. With over 16 years rowing and coaching experience, he has extensive coaching experience of school athletes at a national level and holds many National Masters Rowing titles.
Born and raised in Waitara, Taranaki, Jodi's sporting achievements across a multitude of sports including rowing, spans decades. His dedication to the sport and patience is legendary!
Philippa Baker-Hogan (Coach and Director of Rowing)
Philippa is one New Zealand’s most successful female rowers, representing NZ for over a decade in the 1980 - 90’s, including being our first female World Champion, winning 3 World Championships and 5 total World Champ medals in both lightweight and open weight rowing, twice an Olympic finalist and twice winning the Halberg Award (NZ Sports Person of the Year).
Philippa is the President of the Whanganui Rowing Association, has a over a decade of coaching experience, including coaching Taranaki’s first female Maadi Cup Title ever.
Greg Cox (Cocky)
With 40+ years involvement with CRC, Cocky is a valued Life Member and Committee representative. His coaching abilities are proven through his countless North Island and National titles - he's been there and done it. With a wealth of knowledge, he's already brought benefits to the Club's rowers across every age group and level of expertise.
You don’t have to be a competitive rower to reap the benefits of rowing. It’s good for people of all fitness levels to try.
It’s a common misconception that rowing only works the arms. In reality, rowing is a full-body workout that uses 86 percent of the muscles. The rowing stroke is actually comprised of 65 to 75 percent leg work and 25 to 35 percent upper body work. This, in turn, helps endurance, strengthens, and tones the muscles. Rowing even provides some surprising benefits for your heart and lungs. If you are looking to burn serious calories without putting added stress on your joints then rowing is for you.