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 RPC 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 ‘Mega Worlds’ in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2017 Phillip stroked a young U23 men’s eight that placed 7that 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 Championships in Sarasota, Florida. A breakthrough summer with the New Zealand summer squad followed and Phillip 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.
Off the water he is working towards a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise through Massey University. He takes a keen interest in all sports and enjoys learning about the world.