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Caleb Shepherd

Started Rowing
Gary Roberts

Men's Eight

2014 World Rowing Championships - Gold, men's coxed pair

2014 U-23 World Rowing Championships - Gold, men's eight
2013 U-23 World Rowing Championships - Gold, men's eight

2011 World Junior Rowing Championships - Silver, men's coxed four

In 2017 Caleb returns as the coxswain for the men's eight. Caleb will compete at World Cup II, World Cup III, and Henley Royal Regatta.

Caleb coxed the men's eight that claimed sixth place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Rio was Caleb's first Olympic Games, having qualified the eight for Rio at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette with a significant fourth place. Caleb holds the role of coxswain in the eight and plays an important leadership role within the group. In 2013 and 2014 Caleb was an U23 World Champion in the men’s eight.

Caleb was born and raised in Hamilton and is a member of the Waikato Rowing Club. Outside of rowing Caleb enjoys motorbikes and working towards his goal of a career in journalism following his rowing career. He is of Maori descent – Nga ti Porou.

Caleb first coxed a New Zealand crew at the 2010 Junior World Rowing Championships in the men's four, in 2011 he again coxed that boat and picked up a silver.

In 2012 he moved into the under-23 ranks where he coxed the men's four to bronze. At the elite level he represented New Zealand at the 2013 Sydney World Cup regatta for the Men's U23 eight and went onto steer the crew to Gold at the U23 World Rowing Championships.

In 2014 the under-23 eight were again selected to compete at the age group world championships, they defended their world title. Caleb was then selected to cox the men's coxed pair which included Eric Murray and Hamish Bond at the 2014 world rowing championships - the crew claimed a new world best time of 6:33.26 and a Gold medal in the process.