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Nathan Flannery started rowing in 2006 at St Thomas of Canterbury College and Union Rowing Club in Christchurch.

He first represented New Zealand in 2010 with the junior men’s quadruple sculls, winning bronze at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. The following year Nathan was selected in the U23 men’s quad, which placed 9th. In 2012 he linked up with Hayden Cohen in the U23 men’s double and the duo won gold at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Nathan has been in the elite men’s quad every year since 2013 apart from 2015, when injury prevented his selection. He qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and finished an extremely close 4th at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Nathan returned to the men’s quadruple sculls in 2019 but the crew struggled in the competitive field and finished in 9th place.

Nathan has a cat named Louie and a border collie named Eddie.