Lucy Spoors began rowing at Christchurch Girls’ High School and Canterbury Rowing Club in 2005 at 15 years of age.
After just two years in the sport she made her first New Zealand team as part of the junior women’s quadruple sculls in 2007. The following year she was again selected in the junior team, this time sweeping in the women’s coxless four. The crew won gold at the 2008 World Rowing Junior Championships in Linz, Austria. From 2009–12 Lucy was a member of the U23 women’s quad, and made an appearance at the 2010 elite World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro in the women’s four. Her U23 quad won bronze in 2012 at the Worlds in Trakai, Lithuania. In 2014 she was selected in the elite women’s quad and won multiple World Rowing Cup medals and World Rowing Championship A finals before narrowly missing out on qualification for Rio in 2016. In the post-Olympic shake up, Lucy tried her hand at sweeping again and was selected in the elite women’s eight for 2017. The crew won gold at World Rowing Cup II, a Henley Royal Regatta, silver at World Rowing Cup III, and finished with a bronze at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Lucy was also in the women’s eight in 2018 that won a number of World Rowing Cup medals and was unlucky to miss out on the A final at the World Rowing Championships.
2019 was Lucy’s most successful year on record. Spearheading an impressive women’s eight, Lucy won gold at World Rowing Cup III and took a win at the Royal Henley regatta, but the truly notable achievement came when Lucy and the women’s eight won a historic first-ever World Rowing Championship gold.
Following this success Lucy came away with a silver medal as part of the women's eight in her Olympics debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Off the water she has completed a degree in linguistics through Massey University.