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Grace Prendergast

Started Rowing
Gary Hay

Women's Coxless Pair


2015 World Rowing Championships - Silver, women's pair

2015 World Rowing Championships - Silver, women's eight

2014 World Rowing Championships - Gold, women's four

2014 U-23 World Rowing Championships - Gold, women's pair

World best time: W4- 29 August 2014, Amsterdam - 6:14.36

In 2017 Grace has been selected in the women's coxless pair with Kerri Gowler. The two have a great history together in the pair, former Under 23 World Champions, and World Rowing Championship silver medalists. Grace will compete at World Cup II, World Cup III, Henley Royal Regatta, and the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Florida.

The Rio Olympic Games was Grace’s first Olympic Games. Grace was part of the silver medal winning eight that qualified the boat for Rio at the 2015 World Rowing Championships. Along with her medal in the eight Grace also teamed up with Kerri Gowler to win silver in the women’s coxless pair. Grace was also part of the New Zealand women’s four that won gold and set a world best time at the 2014 World Rowing Championships.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games was the first time New Zealand had competed in the women's eight event. The crew finished in fourth place, just one second outside of the medals.

Grace was born in Christchurch and began her rowing career at Villa Maria College in 2007. She is a member of the Avon Rowing Club.

Grace was selected into her first New Zealand crew in 2010 competing at the Junior World Rowing Championships in the women's four where she won gold.

In 2012 she moved to the under-23 level and raced in the coxless four where she finished fourth. The following year she made the step up to the elite level - competing in the women's eight.

In 2014 she again competed at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships and won gold with crew mate Kerri Gowler. The pair were then selected to compete in the women's coxless four at the 2014 World Rowing Championships where they won gold and set a world best time of 6:14.36.