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Time to celebrate . . . The New Zealand junior women's quad celebrate their gold medal success. From left, Eva Hofmans, Rebecca Leigh, Shakira Mirfin and Phoebe Trolove. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Chris Tobin

Craighead Diocesan School was basking in the glow of a pupil’s international success earlier this week.

Phoebe Trolove, a boarder at the school, was a member of the women’s quad which won the gold medal at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo, Japan last week.

After placing first in their women’s quad heat and A and B semifinal, Trolove and her fellow crew members Eva Hofmans (Bayfield High School), Rebecca Leigh (St Peter’s School, Cambridge), and Shakira Mirfin (Southland Girls’ High School) were in the lead from 1000m in the final.

They went on to win comfortably in a time of 6min 54.3sec, just over 2sec ahead of Germany, with Romania third.

Concentrating hard . . . The NZ junior women’s quad striving for their gold medal. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

“Craighead is absolutely delighted by the success,” Craighead acting principal Lara Hearn said.

“As a school we are simply thrilled for Phoebe and would like to congratulate her, and the rest of the team, for such an amazing effort and bringing home gold.”

Trolove won gold in the under-18 girls’ single sculls A final at the Maadi Cup earlier this year and was named young sportsperson of the year at the South Canterbury Sports Awards.

Two other crews made A finals at the championships.

In the junior women’s four, the New Zealand crew was unable to maintain the speed of the leading crews China, Italy and Germany, and placed fifth.

The New Zealand men’s quad was sixth.