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Stephen is a returning member of the men's eight for the 2017 season. He will compete at World Cup II, World Cup III, and Henley Royal Regatta.

Rio 2016 was Stephen’s first Olympic Games having qualified the eight for Rio at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette where the crew finished in fourth place. The men's eight claimed sixth place in Rio. In 2013 and 2014 Stephen was an U23 World Champion in the men’s eight.

Stephen was born in Wellington and began rowing at St Peter’s College in Auckland in 2007. Stephen now represents West End Rowing Club and is coached by New Zealand men’s eight coach, Noel Donaldson.

Stephen first represented New Zealand at the Junior level in 2011 in the men's quad where they came fourth. Stephen stroked the under 23 men's eight to victory at the 2013 U23 World Rowing Championship regatta in Linz, Austria and the crew then backed up that performance in 2014 in Varese, Italy.