DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno and the Duke rowing program are excited to announce the signing of Callie Turner to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Blue Devils in the 2018-19 campaign.
Turner comes to Durham from Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand and currently attends Columba College. Turner is a member of the Columba College Rowing Club under the direction of Natalie Matheson and Matthew Adam.
Recently in 2017, Turner captured multiple medals with gold in the under-18 four at the South Island Championships, silver in the under-19 four at the New Zealand Club Nationals and bronze in the under-17 four and under-17 eight at the New Zealand Secondary School Nationals.
In 2016, Turner was a member of the under-17 eight that took bronze at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Nationals and was selected to represent Otago in a development crew at an inter-provincial regatta.
Aside from rowing, Turner was a four-year member of a basketball and netball team and was selected for “Strive to Excel”, a program at Columba College that includes training and seminars for high-performance athletes.
Outside of athletics, Turner received the top-economic prize for Year 13, was on the first-place finishing team of Otago Regional Young Enterprise Scheme and coached Years 5 and 6 netball to win a grade and regional tournament.
What has been your favorite rowing memory?
CT: “At the New Zealand Secondary Schools Nationals, my under-17 four event was the race before my younger brother’s under-15 double. My crew medaled, and after the podium ceremony, we got back on the water to row to the pontoon to take the boat out of the water. We were right beside the course during the last 250m of my brother’s race. We were able to stop and cheer for him. He got a silver medal! Then he looked over and saw that I too had medaled. It was a very special moment on the water that I will always remember.”
How did you get started in rowing?
CT: “At boarding school, most of my friends started rowing the year before. Seeing first-hand the dedication it required, as well as seeing the fun everyone was still having really interested me.”
Why did you choose Duke?
CT: “I chose Duke for the incredible academic opportunities and the high-level rowing program. Everyone I met was so welcoming and made me feel so comfortable despite being far from home. The girls on the team are so amazingly driven that it is an honor to join them, and I can really see myself thriving there.”
Hobbies: Water skiing, hiking with my dogs, snowboarding and paddle boarding
Favorite athlete: Ruby Tew … member of the New Zealand Olympic women’s eight
Best advice you’ve ever received: What the mind can believe, the body can achieve.