Rio Olympics: Who is in NZ's rowing team?

Mahe Drysdale celebrates gold at the London Olympics. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Mahe Drysdale celebrates gold at the London Olympics. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Rowing New Zealand has announced its biggest team to be sent to an Olympic Games.

A total of 35 athletes filling 38 seats across 10 boat classes have been named to go to Rio after a week of trials.

Read more: NZ sending biggest ever rowing team to Olympics

These are New Zealand's rowing Olympians:

Mahe Drysdale

BIRTHDATE: 19 November, 1978
HOMETOWN: Tauranga
DISCIPLINE: Single sculls
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 1st London 2012, 3rd Beijing 2008.
FACT: The flag bearer at the 2008 games, Drysdale had surgery on both forearms in December for compartment syndrome.

MEN'S PAIR

Hamish Bond

BIRTHDATE: 13 February 1986
HOMETOWN: Dunedin
DISCIPLINE: Pair
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 1st London 2012. 7th Beijing 2008 (four)
FACT: Bond has a Bachelor of Business (finance) and a graduate diploma in Personal Financial Planning.


Eric Murray

BIRTHDATE: 6 May, 1982.
HOMETOWN: Pukekohe
DISCIPLINE: Pair
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 1st London 2012. 7th, Beijing 2008 (four). 5th Athens 2004 (four)
FACT: Was once warned by the Electoral Commission for breaching the Electoral act in 2014, for which Bond labelled him "a moron".

The New Zealand Men's Coxless Pair, (L-R) Hamish Bond and Eric Murray. Photo / Getty
The New Zealand Men's Coxless Pair, (L-R) Hamish Bond and Eric Murray. Photo / Getty

MEN'S DOUBLE

Chris Harris

BIRTHDATE: 19 October, 1985.
HOMETOWN: Wanganui
DISCIPLINE: Double sculls
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 11th London (four)
FACT: Born in Durban, Harris moved with his family to New Zealand when he was eight. Not the cricketer.


Robbie Manson

BIRTHDATE: 11 October, 1989
HOMETOWN: Blenheim
DISCIPLINE: Double sculls
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 7th London (quad)
FACT: Since moving into the double sculls in 2013, Manson has rowed with Michael Arms, his brother Karl, and now Chris Harris at international level.

 New Zealand rowers Robbie Manson and Chris Harris. Photo / Getty
New Zealand rowers Robbie Manson and Chris Harris. Photo / Getty

MEN'S LW FOUR

Alistair Bond

BIRTHDATE: 16 August, 1989
HOMETOWN: Dunedin
DISCIPLINE: Lightweight four
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Bond, the younger brother of Hamish, only turned his attention fully to rowing after completing his studies at Otago University. He has a Bachelor of Surveying and a post grad diploma in Environment Management.

James Hunter

BIRTHDATE: 24 August 1992.
HOMETOWN: Wellington
DISCIPLINE: Lightweight four
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: A keen outdoorsman, Hunter is into fishing and skiing.

James Lassche

BIRTHDATE: 31 August, 1989
HOMETOWN: Darfield.
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
DISCIPLINE: Lightweight four
FACT: Recently married Leah Stanley, daughter of NZOC president and former rower Mike Stanley

Peter Taylor

BIRTHDATE: 3 January, 1984
HOMETOWN: Lower Hutt
DISCIPLINE: Lightweight four
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 3rd, London 2012 (LW double)
FACT: A keen golfer, Taylor worked full time as an auditor in for Deloitte before first being selected in the NZ rowing team in 2007.

James Hunter, Alistair Bond, Peter Taylor and James Lassche. Photo / Getty
James Hunter, Alistair Bond, Peter Taylor and James Lassche. Photo / Getty

MEN'S QUAD

Jade Uru
BIRTHDATE: 20 October, 1987
HOMETOWN: Invercargill
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS 11th four, London 2012
FACT: Jade and his fiancée Lucy are proud parents of Ziggy, the British bulldog.

George Bridgewater
BIRTHDATE: 18 January, 1993.
HOMETOWN: Wellington
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 3rd Beijing 2008 (pair).
FACT: Bridgewater competed for Oxford in the 2009 Oxford-Cambridge boat race, before moving to Hong Kong and Singapore to work as a trader for Morgan Stanley.

Nathan Flannery
BIRTHDATE: 22 October, 1992
HOMETOWN: Christchurch
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS nil
FACT: Flannery's partner is world champion lightweight sculler Sophie MacKenzie.

John Storey
BIRTHDATE: 19 July 1987
HOMETOWN: Christchurch.
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 7th, London 2012.
FACT: Storey was born in Cambridge, England before his family moved to Christchurch when he was 13

MEN'S EIGHT

Michael Brake

BIRTHDATE: 22 October, 1994
HOMETOWN: Auckland
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Brake followed in his father's footsteps when he started rowing for Westlake Boys High in 2008.

Isaac Grainger

BIRTHDATE: 26 May, 1992
HOMETOWN: Auckland
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Grainger is a product of Edgewater College in Auckland, where he was first coached by the current school principal Allan Vester.

Stephen Jones

BIRTHDATE: 29 April, 1993
HOMETOWN: Wellington
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Born in Wellington, Jones started rowing at St Peters College in Auckland and the West End club, the same club as Mahe Drysdale.

Alex Kennedy

BIRTHDATE: 13 October, 1992
HOMETOWN: Rangiora
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: The youngest of four siblings, Kennedy is studying journalism papers in his down time... (don't do it Alex!)

Shaun Kirkham

BIRTHDATE: 24 July, 1992
HOMETOWN: Hamilton
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Kirkham is a product of the prestigious Hamilton Boys High rowing programme, winning the Maadi Cup in 2009 and 2010.

Tom Murray

BIRTHDATE: 5 April, 1994
HOMETOWN: Blenheim
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: With Jamie Hunter, Murray pulled off one of the big upsets of the National Rowing Championship this year when they beat Hamish Bond and James Lassche in the men's pair.

Brook Robertson

BIRTHDATE: 19 February 1994
HOMETOWN: Nelson
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Robertson played lock for the Nelson College first XV alongside Crusaders halfback Mitchell Drummond, but his rugby career was cut short by shoulder injuries.

Caleb Shepherd (coxswain)

BIRTHDATE: 29 June, 1993
HOMETOWN: Hamilton
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Another who is keen to get into journalism when he finishes rowing, Shepherd coxed Eric Murray and Hamish Bond to another world title in the coxed pair in 2014.

Joe Wright

BIRTHDATE: 14 March 1992
HOMETOWN: Wellington
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: The engine room of the eight, Wright is more than 2metres tall and weighs more the 100kg.

The New Zealand Rowing Mens Eight, Tom Murray, Shaun Kirkham, Michael Brake, Isaac Grainger, Brook Robertson, Joe Wright, Alex Kennedy, Stephen Jones and Caleb Shepherd. Photo / Getty
The New Zealand Rowing Mens Eight, Tom Murray, Shaun Kirkham, Michael Brake, Isaac Grainger, Brook Robertson, Joe Wright, Alex Kennedy, Stephen Jones and Caleb Shepherd. Photo / Getty

WOMEN'S DOUBLE

Eve Macfarlane

BIRTHDATE: 27 September 1992
HOMETOWN: Rangiora
DISCIPLINE: Double sculls
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Macfarlane is a talented artist and grew up on a farm in North Canterbury.

Zoe Stevenson

BIRTHDATE: 19 June 1991
HOMETOWN: Tauranga
DISCIPLINE: Double sculls
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: A two time world champion, Stevenson's dad Herb also represented NZ at rowing in the men's eight through the 1980s.

 New Zealand rowers Eve Macfarlane and Zoe Stevenson. Photo / Getty
New Zealand rowers Eve Macfarlane and Zoe Stevenson. Photo / Getty

WOMEN'S LW DOUBLE

Julia Edward

BIRTHDATE: 20 February 1991
HOMETOWN: Rotorua
DISCIPLINE: Lightweight double
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 9th, 2012 London
FACT: Edward was named Bay of Plenty sportswoman of the year in 2014 after winning the world title.

Sophie MacKenzie

BIRTHDATE: 31 March 1992
HOMETOWN: Marlborough
DISCIPLINE: Lightweight double
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Has a healthy eating and lifestyle website "MegsandSoph.com", with squash player Megan Craig.

The New Zealand Rowing Lightweight Women's Double Scull, Julia Edward and Sophie MacKenzie. Photo / Getty
The New Zealand Rowing Lightweight Women's Double Scull, Julia Edward and Sophie MacKenzie. Photo / Getty

WOMEN'S PAIR

Genevieve Behrent

BIRTHDATE: 25 September, 1990
HOMETOWN: Oamaru
DISCIPLINE: Pair, eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Had intended to focus on her studies,, before being named in the elite summer squad in late 2014.

Rebecca Scown

BIRTHDATE: 10 August, 1983
HOMETOWN: Hawera
DISCIPLINE: Pair, eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: 3rd,London 2012.
FACT: Rebecca's cousin Sonia was also a representative rower and is married to New Zealand Chef de Mission Rob Waddell.

The New Zealand Womens Coxless Pair, Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown. Photo / Getty
The New Zealand Womens Coxless Pair, Genevieve Behrent and Rebecca Scown. Photo / Getty

WOMEN'S EIGHT

Rebecca Scown (see above)
Genevieve Behrent (see above)

Kelsey Bevan

BIRTHDATE: 10 April, 1990
HOMETOWN: Auckland
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Bevan is a beauty therapist who's pug dog Marnie is a regular focus of her Instagram account.

Emma Dyke

BIRTHDATE: 30 June 1995
HOMETOWN: Timaru
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: A rapid rise for the baby of the crew, who is studying Veterinary Nursing.

Kerri Gowler

BIRTHDATE: 18, December 1993
HOMETOWN: Raetihi
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Gowler is a keen show jumper and likes to get back to the family farm in Manawatu.


Kayla Pratt

BIRTHDATE: 27 May, 1991
HOMETOWN: Auckland
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Pratt is a regular in the Waikato University crew for the Gallagher Great Race, winning four times.

Grace Prendergast

BIRTHDATE: 30 June, 1992
HOMETOWN: Christchurch
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Helped the 2014 women's pair and under23 pair to world's best times.

Ruby Tew

BIRTHDATE: 7 March, 1994
HOMETOWN: Wellington
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Yes, Steve is her dad.

Francie Turner (cox)

BIRTHDATE: 6 April, 1992
HOMETOWN: Christchurch
DISCIPLINE: Eight
PREVIOUS OLYMPICS: -
FACT: Turner has been the coxswain for multiple NZ crews, including a number of successful junior and under23 eights.

 Rebecca Scown, Genevieve Behrent, Kerri Gowler, Grace Prendergast, Kelsey Bevan, Ruby Tew, Emma Dyke, Kayla Pratt and Francie Turner of the New Zealand Women's Eight. Photo / Getty
Rebecca Scown, Genevieve Behrent, Kerri Gowler, Grace Prendergast, Kelsey Bevan, Ruby Tew, Emma Dyke, Kayla Pratt and Francie Turner of the New Zealand Women's Eight. Photo / Getty

- NZ Herald

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