Janey Wackrow, St Peter's, Cambridge

Service to Sport (Rowing)

Janey has been St Peter’s Director of Rowing for 15 years. When she joined, only a few students were rowing, and the school would make one or two A and B finals at nationals. Now, the school has over 90 competitive rowers and 40 students in Learn to Row programmes, and the programme grows each year.

The school has been overall National Rowing Champion in 2012, 2016 and 2018, and consistently places in the top 3 schools in the Maadi Cup. Numerous St Peter’s crews and individuals win Waipa and Waikato sports awards. In recent years, 21 students have gone on to row at US Universities, and this summer, four St Peter’s alumni were training with the New Zealand rowing team.

Janey has established a very strong infrastructure, and introduced parental involvement, critical for the day-to-day operation of the programme. She nurtures novices, giving them a strong foundation, and the high retention rate speaks volumes. Her outstanding encouragement and support ensure students improve and achieve personal bests year on year. Janey was recently appointed President of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association.

Principal Dale Burden says, “Janey gives outstanding service to St Peter’s and the independent schools sector. She is an inspirational leader of what is arguably the best rowing programme in the country.”

Congratulations Janey.