Ian Seymour

Under-23 World Champion.
After an 8 year absence from competitive rowing, Ian's comeback to the elite level is remarkable.
You'll often find Ian on the erg, showing off his sprint power.

The Oar Snapper

The Oar Snapper

Ian Seymour started rowing in 2002 at Ballarat Grammar School in Australia at the age of 15. He moved to New Zealand and joined Central RPC for the 2006/07 summer season. Ian made his first New Zealand team in 2009 in the U23 men’s coxed four. In what was a stellar regatta for the team, the four won gold at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Following a domestic season with the NZ summer squad, Ian was selected as part of the elite men’s sweep team for 2010. After being competitive in the men’s fours at the Lucerne World Cup, he was selected in the men’s eight for the 2010 World Championships at Karapiro. The crew finished 5th after nearly upsetting an unbeaten German crew in the heats. Ian came agonisingly close to qualifying the men’s eight for the London Olympic Games when they finished just behind the US crew at the last-chance qualification regatta in 2012. He then took a break from the sport. After rowing for the newly formed Barbarians Rowing Club in 2018 he returns to the men’s sweep squad in 2019 with the same enthusiasm that helped him earn a New Zealand team spot 10 years ago. Off the water Ian is a qualified carpenter. 

Bio supplied by freelance writer, Caleb Shepherd.