Isaac Grainger started rowing at Edgewater College in Auckland at the age of 15 in 2007.
He spent a year with Auckland Rowing Club after leaving school and joined the New Zealand U21 team in 2011. Isaac then joined the Auckland RPC and was selected in the New Zealand university trans-Tasman team in 2012. His first international appearance for New Zealand came in 2013 when he was selected in the U23 men’s eight. The crew won gold at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Linz, Austria, before remaining unchanged the following year and defending their title at the 2014 worlds in Italy. Isaac continued with the young men’s eight in 2015 when, after just one seating change, they moved into the elite ranks. A bronze at World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne followed by a narrow 4th at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France, meant the crew qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games. In what was the first appearance for New Zealand in over 30 years in the boat class, the men’s eight finished in 6th place in Rio. Isaac continued in the men’s eight through 2017 and 2018, and highlights include multiple world cup medals and a 6th place finish at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.
Off the water Isaac is studying mathematics and computer science at the University of Waikato. He is engaged to his partner Jess and they have two cats named Ted and Margot. He joins the men’s elite sculling squad in 2019.