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Ruby Tew began rowing for Queen Margaret College and Star Boating Club in Wellington in 2008. She first represented New Zealand at the 2012 World Rowing Junior Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, picking up a bronze medal in the junior women’s quad. But it was in sweeping that Ruby really made an impression, and in 2015 she was selected for the elite women’s eight. The boat made history by becoming the first New Zealand women’s eight to qualify for an Olympic Games and winning New Zealand’s first-ever medal in the class (silver). The next year the eight placed a close 4th at the Rio Olympics and won a string of World Rowing Cup medals.

A post-Olympic-year shake-up brought a fresh-look women’s eight, which placed 1st and 2nd at World Rowing Cups II and III, won a Henley Royal Regatta and gained bronze at the World Rowing Championships.

Ruby has completed a degree in finance and accounting at Massey University and works part time with accounting firm Forsyth Barr in Hamilton.