Phillip (Phil) Wilson started rowing in 2010 at Wellington College and Petone Rowing Club when he was 13 years old.
He first represented New Zealand in the junior men’s double in 2014 at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany. After two seasons with Central Rowing Performance Centre and a year at the University of Otago, he returned to the New Zealand team in 2016 as part of the U23 men’s coxed four. The crew won gold at the World Rowing U23/Junior/Senior World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2017 Phil stroked the U23 men’s eight that placed 7th at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He impressed the New Zealand selectors and was chosen as an elite reserve for the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. A breakthrough season with the New Zealand summer squad followed and Phil linked up with Tom Murray to win the premier men’s pair title at the 2018 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships.
In 2018 Phil was selected for the elite men’s eight. It was a tough year for the crew, which struggled to get momentum over the season. Reselected in 2019 into the men’s eight, Phil was moved forward in the boat and found himself on the podium for the first time in his elite career with a bronze at World Rowing Cup III. Phil and the men’s eight finished 6th at the World Rowing Championships in 2019, a great improvement from the year before.
Off the water he is working towards a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise through Massey University.