Thanks to Mahe Drysdale's incredible performance in 2009, this KIRS was the fastest single skiff in the world until 3 months ago when Robbie Manson - Rower set the new fastest time of 6:30.74. How's that for rowing memorabilia!
KIRS stands for Kiwi International Rowing Skiffs, a company that is still producing boats today with their world class molds, but with some fresh faces at the helm and a new brand, Laszlo Boats NZ. Check them out
Couldn't be happier to have been selected into the Waikato RPC for another season. I first got selected back in 2010 and have been proudly wearing the black, red and yellow ever since. I very much look forward to training and competing alongside some exceptional athletes this season, while also contributing to it's governance as a board member.
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A solid weekend of performances. As a part of the 2017 Performance Centre Trials I had a 2km erg test Friday, a 2km race Sat morning, a 2km Time Trial Sat afternoon, and finally a 4km Time Trial in a Lighty Double on Sunday morning.
I'm stoked to come away with a PB in the erg and some solid performances/times on the water. Now all that's left to do is sit back and wait for the New Zealand Rowing Team selectors to make their decisions on who will make the cut for the high performance teams with the RPC's named on the 18th Sep and the Summer Squad on the 11st Oct.
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Congratulations to all athletes selected to compete for the New Zealand Rowing Team at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. There's a whole lot of talent within this group and I very much look forward to watching and supporting them as they do the business at the end of September.
Concept2, Inc. just posted this image with the word "tomorrow"... The placement of the fan and the supporting frame is unlike any other Concept 2 product I've seen! The anticipation is real! Any guesses on what it could be?
Huge shout out to all those selected to trial for the New Zealand Rowing Team and the right to wear the black rowsuit at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. I'm looking forward to seeing some fast crews named on Thursday 3rd August!
I have the distinct pleasure of volunteering at the LJ Hooker Cancer Society Ball on the 5th August. If it wasn't for groups like this, I simply would not be here to wreak havoc with an oar. The OARsome team from Cambridge News, and Michael Jeans caught up with the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society team and myself to find out more about the event and my experience with cancer. You can see what they found out in the linked article. Bring on August 5th!
P.S. I'll make sure I remember my dress shoes on the day.
Interesting insight by World Rowing into the transition from lightweight to heavyweight from some high level athletes that have done it successfully, including New Zealand Rowing Team's very own, Jamie Hunter. I think I'll try make it at Lightweight before I consider such a change but it's very cool to see some exceptional lightweights defying the odds.
Arguably the most dominant national rowing team in a long time. Simply inspirational watching these incredible Kiwi rowers display their talent. I'm pumped to watch these guys and girls do some serious damage at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. What an honour it would be a part of such a team...
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Wishing all New Zealand athletes competing at Henley Royal Regatta all the best. To find out all times and results of the NZ crews, bookmark https://nzrowing.wordpress.com blog. For live coverage of the racing, head to the Henley's YouTube channel.
How's this! Karapiro Rowing Incorporated have put together a one stop guide for keeping up with all the action of the New Zealand senior rowing team, currently overseas for world Cup's I, II and Henley. All the handles you need for a front row seat (pun intended).
The International Olympic Committee announced the event program for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games on Friday, confirming the replacement of the Men's Lightweight Four with the Women's Four. Rowing's athlete quota has also been reduced by 24.
Exciting additions to the program are the inclusion of a Mixed Team Relay to Triathlon and a 4 x 400m Mixed Relay to Athletics.
To see the rest of the changes, follow the link.
Prime Minister's Scholarships are awarded to New Zealand athletes to enable them to pursue educational or professional development while continuing to pursue excellence in their sport. Last week the 2017 scholars were recognized by none other than Bill English himself.
Thanks to High Performance Sport New Zealand for creating and continuing such an OARsome initiative, i've been able to complete my bachelor degree with Massey University and have embarked on a Masters in Sport Management. Wish me luck....
Eric Murray of The Kiwi Pair announced his retirement today. This man, alongside his partner in crime Hamish Bond, have created a legacy in our sport unlike any other. High Performance Sport New Zealand farewells an inspiration for all aspiring athletes, and World Rowing farewell a relentless record setter. 2018 Thomas Keller Medal recipient?...
All the best on your next adventure Eric. Thank you for all you've done for our sport, and New Zealand Sport in general. It's been an honour.
Congratulations to the young, next generation athletes selected by Rowing New Zealand to wear the silver at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. It's a true hounor to be given the opportunity to add the the legacy of the black rowsuit.
A special mention also goes out all to those that demonstrated real talent in earning a trial but just missed out on making the team this year. I never had the privilege of trailing for the NZ Junior Team myself so believe me when I say, it's only the end if you let it be.