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The Dates:             Sunday 30th November, 2014

Main Event:           AON Billy Webb Challenge on Sunday, 30th November
Where:                   On The Whanganui River, Whanganui, New Zealand

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This event is named after the great Billy Webb, a Wanganui man who won New Zealand's first ever world sculling title in 1907 and successfully defended the title on the Whanganui River a year later. This will be the fifth running after the first event was staged to mark the Centennary of Billy Webbs’s famous victory in 1908. Big crowds have watched the “best on the planet” race, including NZ’s four time world champion Mahe Drysdale who was defeated by two time Olympic champion Olaf Tufte (Norway) in 2008. Mahe returned in 2009 and was successful in completing the course ahead of Tim Maeyens and Wildcard race winner Nathan Cohen. 2010 saw Mahe successfully defend his title against British sculler Alan Campbell and New Zealand lightweight champion sculler Duncan Grant. Mahe won again in 2014, racing 4th placed Olympic Finallist, Lassi Karonen.


2012 Aon Billy Webb Challenge Athletes

Event Guide

This is going to be one amazing weekend - from the "row off" on Friday, the AON Jury Cup on Saturday and the NZCT Corporate 8's / AON Billy Webb Challenge on Sunday, there is certainly plenty to see.
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Mahe 2012

The Athletes

Olympic Gold medalist in the single sculls, Mahe Drysdale headlines the event. Swede Lassi Karonen and Aussie Kim Crow, and NZ's other gold medalists Eric Murray, Joe Sullivan and Nathan Cohen
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2012 NZCT Corporate8s Challenge

Corporate 8's

The NZCT Corporate 8s challenge complements the main event, encouraging participation from local businesses, with the aim of introducing new rowers to the sport, and as a fund-raiser for local clubs.
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Our Sponsors

There wouldn't be an event with out our sponsors. We thank AON as the lead sponsor, the Wanganui District Council for their unerring support and the others mentioned here who have got behind this event. 

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