- Started Rowing
- Noel Donaldson
Men's Single Scull
2015 World Rowing Championships - Bronze, men's double scull
In 2017 Robbie Manson showed impressive form winning the Premier Single Scull title at the New Zealand Rowing Championships, and was selected in the Men's Single Scull to compete at World Cup II and III, and Henley Royal Regatta.
Robbie competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with crewmate Chris Harris, finishing fifth in the B final of the men's double sculls. Robbie also competed in the men’s quad at the 2012 London Olympic Games where they finished seventh. In 2015 Robbie and crewmate Chris Harris claimed bronze in the men’s double scull at the World Rowing Championships.
Robbie was born in Hamilton and began his rowing career at Marlborough Boys’ College. Outside of rowing Robbie enjoys equestrian sports.
Robbie made a successful international debut when he joined reigning 2008 Under 23 single sculling world champion Joseph Sullivan to secure the 2009 Under 23 World Championship double scull title.
Robbie’s younger brother Karl is also a top national rower and the two competed together in the 2010 Under 23 Rowing World Championships in Brest, Belarus, finishing fifth.
In 2010 he joined the senior New Zealand men’s quadruple scull and was in the boat that secured a seventh place finish (winning the B final) at the 2010 Rowing World Championships in 2010.
He remained in the boat for 2011 and finished sixth in Lucerne and a close, but a disappointing tenth, in the World Championship final in Bled, still enough to qualify it for the Olympic Games. At the 2012 London Olympic Games the quad finished 7th after missing out on a spot in the Olympic final.
He won the national double sculls title of New Zealand in 2012 and 2013, rejoining Joseph Sullivan. In 2013 Robbie joined by Michael Arms in a new look men's double scull and they dominated the World Cup events, winning Gold at both Sydney and Eton, they then went onto the Henley Royal Regatta where they won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup and the end of season highlight was a third Gold at the Lucerne World Cup.