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Matthew Trott retires from Rowing


Matthew Trott after more than six years of New Zealand representation at World Championships and Olympic Games has decided to retire from rowing.

32 year old Trott knows that the time is right and will take up a job at ANZ as a Rural Bank Manager in Morrinsville in February 2013. Trott studied at Lincoln University and has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Agribusiness to his name.

2012 marked the first time Matthew competed at the Olympic Games following his role as team reserve in Beijing 2008.

Trott recognized that he has had some wonderful support from Rowing New Zealand staff, coaches and the medical support team. “I'd like to thank my support team and my crew mates over the years. It’s been an incredible journey and I've overcome many challenges which in turn have made me a better person and I hope will stand me in good stead in the next phase of my life.”

Trott first started rowing at Christs College at age 15 where his rowing career began in 1995, his first significant win being the Maadi Cup in 1998. He has followed this with outstanding success as a consistent high achiever in rowing career over the past 17 years.

Trott has been one of the longest serving members of the Rowing New Zealand senior squad. He rowed in 2007 in the heavyweight double scull with Nathan Cohen, qualifying for the Olympics with fifth place in the 2007 World Championship final in Munich.

He was back into the double scull in 2009, competing in the World Cup regattas, winning the Henley Royal Regatta and taking fourth place in the Rowing World Championships in Poznan. He moved to the men’s quadruple scull for the World Championships in 2010 and remained in the boat under the guidance of coach Mike Rodger ever since. In 2011 the quad finished six in Lucerne and a close, but disappointing tenth, in the world championship final in Bled, still enough to qualify it for the Olympic Games where the crew came in at 10th place.

Matthew is a multiple title holder in New Zealand domestic rowing having won titles in crew sculling and sweep rowing in recent years. He is known as a ‘crew maker’ and adds technically to every boat in which he rowed.

Matthew Trott Career Highlights

2012 – 7th at the London Olympic Games in the Men’s Quad.

2010 – 7th in the Men’s Quad at Lake Karapiro World Championships

2011 – 10th in the Men’s Quad at the World Championships in Bled

2009 – 4th in the Men’s Double in Poznan, Poland at the World Rowing Championships

2008 – Reserve for the Olympic Games Beijing

2007 – 7th at the Munich World Rowing Championships in the Men’s Double Scull.


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