Just turned 22, Vicki Taggart was the youngest fully fledged official on duty at the Aon Maadi Cup regatta at Lake Ruatahiwha in March.

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It wasn’t long ago that Taggart, who grew up in Pleasant Point near Timaru, was a rower herself. That was until she tore her ACL joint in year 12 at Craighead Diocesan. Now, while she won’t say never, she accepts that she’s unlikely to spend much more time in a boat. “It probably won’t happen, but I would love one day to get back in, a bit of fun, maybe masters rowing,” she said.

Taggart is teaching year 5 and 6 children at Isleworth Primary School and works at St Margaret’s College as the year 11–12 boarding supervisor.

She was offered a coaching opportunity at Craighead for this year and found herself in the unusual position of coaching her former crewmates. “At times it was quite interesting, but it gave me great experience and I loved every minute,” she said.

Taggart became a fully qualified official at the South Island secondary schools’ event at Lake Ruataniwha in early March, sitting her exams and “finally getting the jacket”. Asked how long she anticipates being one of the official team at the country’s major regattas, she made it clear this isn’t a passing whim. “For as long as I can,” she replied.