2017 sees John move into the men's double scull with Chris Harris. The two were last crewmates back in 2014 when they were part of the men's quadruple scull.
In 2016 John Storey competed in the men's quad at the Final Qualification regatta in Lucerne in May with the hope of qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games. The crew finished third, one place outside of qualification but late removal of the already-qualified Russian men's quad allowed entry for the New Zealanders. Despite the late call up and interrupted training the crew finished fourth in the B Final.
In 2015 John raced the quad at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette finishing 9th and just .05 outside 8th place which was required for Olympic qualification.
John returned to the elite team in 2014 after a year off after the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has featured in the men's quad from 2010 through to 2012 and again in 2014 and 2015. He first represented New Zealand at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in the men's four where they won gold.