Stephen Jones

2x Under-23 World Champion.
This powerhouse claims that his legs feel more hurt then anyone else because there is more muscle to feel hurt. Known in the crew as 'Smuddy'.

Smuddy

Smuddy

Stephen Jones started rowing at St Peter’s College and West End Rowing Club in 2006 aged 14. He first represented New Zealand in 2011 as part of the junior men’s quad. The crew placed 4th at the World Rowing Junior Championships on the London Olympic course in Eton Dorney. After a domestic season with Auckland RPC Stephen made the U21 trans-Tasman team in 2012 as a sculler. A year later he broke into the international scene as stroke of the U23 men’s eight. The crew won back-to-back golds at the World Rowing U23 World Championships in 2013 and 2014 and had a strong showing at World Cup 3 in 2014. After a breakthrough year in the elite ranks in 2015, the men’s eight placed a close 4th at the World Championships and, in doing so, qualified the boat for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where they placed 6th after picking up a few World Cup medals in 2015 and 2016. Stephen remained part of the men’s eight in 2017 and 2018. Off the water he enjoys time with his wife Anna and their dog Alfie. He is working towards his private pilot’s licence and intends to complete his commercial licence after that. 

Bio supplied by freelance writer, Caleb Shepherd.