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Brook Robertson started rowing at Nelson College for Boys in 2007 at the age of 13. He was predominantly a sculler until a switch to Marlborough Boys’ in 2012 saw him win the Springbok Shield at the Aon Maadi Cup regatta.
Brook joined Central Rowing Performance Centre at the end of 2012 and this helped him to gain selection for his first New Zealand team in 2013, when he joined a newly formed U23 men’s eight crew that took gold at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria – a first for New Zealand. The crew returned unchanged the following year to win back-to-back golds along with a competitive showing at the elite World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne. The young men’s eight had Rio in their sights and, after just one crew change, picked up bronze at World Rowing Cup III in 2015 before taking a close 4th place at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. This qualified the boat for the 2016 Olympic Games, where the crew finished in 6th place. Brook has been in the elite men’s eight ever since. Highlights include World Rowing Cup medals in 2016 and 2017. After a disappointing 2018, 2019 was a rebuilding year for the men’s eight: the crew picked up a bronze medal at World Rowing Cup III after winning at the Royal Henley Regatta for the first time. The men’s eight finished in 6th place at the 2019 World Rowing Championships.
Off the water Brook is studying towards a sport and exercise degree with Massey University in preparation for a career in coaching after he retires from international rowing.