The Kiwi 8 victorious at Henley Royal Regatta!

8th July 2019

After five days of racing, New Zealand crews took five wins at the finals of Henley Royal Regatta, including The Remenham Challenge Cup (women's eight), The Grand Challenge Cup (men's eight), The Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup (women's pair), The Stonor Challenge Trophy (women's double) and The Princess Royal Challenge Cup (women's single).

The 2019 Henley Royal Regatta broke records again this year with 660 entries, an increase of almost 100 on the benchmark set in 2018, with 159 overseas crews representing 17 nations, around 1900 athletes.

Grand Challenge Cup:
New Zealand’s Waiariki Rowing Club Grand Challenge Cup crew of Hamish Bond, Mahé Drysdale, Stephen Jones, Shaun Kirkham, James Lassche, Matt Macdonald, Brook Robertson, Philip Wilson and Sam Bosworth (coxswain) beat Leander Club and Oxford Brookes University in the men’s eight final on Sunday local time.

Remenham Challenge Cup:
New Zealand’s Waiariki Rowing Club Remenham Challenge Cup crew of Jackie Gowler, Ella Greenslade, Kerri Gowler, Beth Ross, Lucy Spoors, Kelsey Bevan, Emma Dyke, Grace Prendergast and Caleb Shepherd (coxswain) beat Leander Club and Imperial College London in the women’s eight final on Sunday local time.

Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup:
Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast beat China’s X. Lin and R. Ju in the Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup final.

The Stonor Challenge Trophy:
Brooke Donoghue and Olivia Loe beat China’s S. Lu and Y. Yang in the Stonor Challenge Trophy final. Donoghue and Loe raced New Zealand’s Sam Voss and Hannah Osborne in their heat, knocking the second Kiwi crew out.

Princess Royal Challenge Cup:
Emma Twigg won the final of the Princess Royal Challenge Cup against L. I. Scheenaard of the Netherlands.

Double Sculls Challenge Cup:
Chris Harris and John Storey placed second in the Double Sculls Challenge Cup after J.E. Collins and G. E. Thomas won the final by one length.

King’s Cup:
The King’s Cup commemorates the Centenary of the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta. Crews from the original six nations of Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, will be joined by Germany and the Netherlands, to compete in a knock-out format over the final three days of the 2019 Regatta. New Zealand’s crew faced Germany in their heat and placed second. Germany went on to face United States Armed Forces in the final, with the United States taking the win.

Visitors’ Challenge Cup:
Competing under Waikato Rowing Club and Tauranga Rowing Club, M. O’Leary, C. Rogerson, A. Dickinson and W. New contested the Visitors’ Challenge Cup and were knocked out in their heat.

Thames Challenge Cup:
Competing under Wairau Rowing Club, T. Gregory-Hunt, A. Wakefield, T. O’Reilly, F. McSwiney, T. Sele, C. Porteous, K. Neville, J. Earl and M. Dessoulavy (coxswain) contested the Thames Challenge Cup and were knocked out in their heat.

Fawley Challenge Cup:
Competing under St Peter’s College, Auckland, B. Franich, H. Fitzpatrick, S. McHugh and T. Berry contested the Fawley Challenge Cup and were knocked out in their heat by Leander Club B.

Wyfold Challenge Cup:Competing under Aramaho Whanganui Rowing Club, H. Pawson, H. Maxwell, T. Monaghan and L. Watts contested the Wyfold Challenge Cup and were knocked out in their heat by London Rowing Club.

'I've got a better appreciation of what we have' - Elite rowers' returns bolster Kiwi crews

11th June 2019

When New Zealand's elite rowers depart for Europe later this week, Ian Seymour and Eve Macfarlane will be relishing the chance to wear the silver fern once again. Having thought he'd walked away from rowing for good seven years ago, 31-year-old Seymour rediscovered his love for the sport after forming the rebel 'Bad Boys' crew earlier this year.

That experience convinced Seymour that he still has more to give, ready for another shot at competing. "I've got a better appreciation of what we have in New Zealand," he told 1 NEWS.
"If you're doing something you love, even the hardest of times, the lowest of lows you'll be able to push through it.
"Even when some people think they're having a bad day or things are tough, really we are having a bloody good opportunity here to do stuff that not many people in the world get to do."

Seymour's return has been so intense, he even managed to snap an oar in training.
"You jokingly probably say you want to go out there and break an oar - but that's more of a mentality thing than a reality thing."

Seymour will be joined by Macfarlane, who's switched to sweep oar rowing after last taking to the water as part of the double at the Rio Olympics, alongside lightweight rower Sophie Mackenzie - back for the first time since 2016.

Rowing NZ general manager Ruth Hamilton is beaming over the return of the duo.
"They bring experience, knowledge," she said.

"They've been there, they know what it takes to win, so they've really been leading the way in terms of the way they conduct themselves on a daily basis."

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Hamish Bond, Mahe Drysdale settle into life with men's eight

Kristina Eddy
12th May 2019

Rowing champions Hamish Bond and Mahe Drysdale are five weeks into their quest for a third Olympics gold, this time with the men's eight.
But the transition for the squad's two oldest members was never going to be easy and they have just three months left, before they attempt to qualify the boat for the Tokyo games.
Bond is back in a boat after two years in road cycling. He won accolades on the bike, including national titles and records, and a time-trial bronze medal at last year's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
But a change of heart saw him return to rowing in March, saying "representing New Zealand in a bigger crew has become a challenge and opportunity I can't ignore". Bond won back-to-back Olympic golds with Eric Murray in the coxless pair, while winning 69 consecutive races during their time together.

Drysdale joins the men's eight after a dominant period in the single sculls, where he claimed Olympic bronze at Beijing, and gold at London and Rio de Janeiro. But after taking a break from the sport in 2017, he fell down the pecking order in the solo boat, with the rise of Robbie Manson. Drysdale had already started his rowing career, before the youngest member of the eight - Matt Macdonald - was even born. New Zealand has a proud tradition in the big boat, winning gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics and a world title 10 years later, but has concentrated on small boats over recent years. Watch the above video for the full story on how the eight is shaping up for Tokyo.

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2019 Rowing NZ Elite Team Announcement

4th April 2019

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Two time Olympic champion Mahé Drysdale joins the men’s sweep squad of 14 athletes, alongside Anthony Allen, Ben Taylor, Brook Robertson, Ian Seymour, James Lassche, Shaun Kirkham, Matt MacDonald, Phillip Wilson, Sam Jones, Stephen Jones, Thomas Russel, Tom Mackintosh and Hamish Bond. The men’s sweep squad will train alongside each other at Lake Karapiro throughout the coming months, with the final selected eight being confirmed prior to the team’s departure to Europe in mid-June.

‘’Coming through the ranks of rowing I always admired the feats of the 1972 eight. One of my early coaches was Tony Hurt who stroked that boat and showed us his medal. That has always stuck with me. The eight is a very different boat to the single - there are a lot more moving parts and inherent risk, but the dream is certainly worth a shot. We have a great bunch of keen, young men and I am looking forward to working with them and teaming up with Bondy for the first time. We have a team capable of success, now we just have to go and do it.’’ said Mahé Drysdale of his selection into the men’s sweep squad.
After an impressive two years spent pursuing cycling, with a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and more recently a national record in the individual pursuit, Bond re-joined Rowing NZ’s summer squad in early March. Upon his selection into the men’s sweep squad, Bond commented, “When I returned to rowing in early March I was clear that I had achieved everything I set out to in the men’s pair.

Representing New Zealand in the men’s eight is a challenge that I’m eager to undertake, and being selected into Rowing NZ’s men’s sweep squad is the first milestone towards that challenge. Being part of a bigger crew and working with some of the talented athletes named into the sweep squad alongside me today is incredibly exciting, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck straight into our winter training block ahead of World Cup II and III.’’The men’s sweep squad crew will be coached by Gary Roberts and Tony O’Connor. Tony joins Rowing NZ from Christ’s College in Christchurch where he was both a teacher and a rowing coach, and has a strong rowing career with significant international experience, including competing for Ireland at two Olympic Games and 5 medals at the World Rowing Championships in the men’s lightweight pair.Caleb Shepherd and Sam Bosworth were announced as team coxswains. Shepherd has coxed the New Zealand men’s eight in recent years while Bosworth was named as the first ever male coxswain of a female crew in New Zealand in 2017, and also coxed the women’s crew in 2018. 

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