Shaun Kirkham

2x Under-23 World Champion.
The token Ginger in the boat, Shaun prides him-self on being as mongrel as possible.
Known in the crew as 'Clifford'.

Clifford

Clifford

Shaun Kirkham began rowing at Hamilton Boys’ High School under Waikato Rowing Club in 2006. He enjoyed a stellar school rowing career, twice winning the prestigious Maadi Cup and the Springbok Shield. Shaun followed the Rowing NZ pathway through the RPC system with Waikato. He had mixed results as a NZ junior and U23 before winning back-to-back gold medals with the U23 men’s eight in 2013 and 2014. After a breakthrough year in the elite ranks in 2015, the men’s eight placed a close 4th at the World Rowing Championships and, in doing so, qualified the boat for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The crew placed 6th at the Rio Olympics after picking up a few World Rowing Cup medals in 2015 and 2016. Shaun has held a firm grip in the powerhouse of the boat and is one of the best men in New Zealand on the erg over 2km. Off the water he is working towards a Bachelor of Communications at the University of Waikato, majoring in communication and international management. He has been a Prime Minister’s Scholarship recipient and a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar at the University of Waikato. He is known by his peers as the crazy dog guy and has an intense love affair with his motorcycle.

Bio supplied by freelance writer, Caleb Shepherd.