2018 sees Kelsey return to the women's eight, this time in stroke seat of the crew. She will compete at World Cups II and III before returning to New Zealand ahead of the 2018 World Rowing Championships.
In 2017 Kelsey was 4 seat of the women's eight. It was an extremely successful season for Kelsey and the eight, winning gold at World Cup II, gold at Henley Royal Regatta, silver at World Cup III, and bronze at the 2017 World Rowing Champs in Sarasota, Florida.
The Rio Olympic Games was Kelsey’s first Olympic Games. Kelsey was part of the silver medal winning eight that qualified the boat for Rio at the 2015 World Rowing Championships. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games was the first time New Zealand had competed in the Olympic women's eight event. The crew finished in fourth place, just one second outside of the medals.
Kelsey is from Auckland and is a member of the Counties Manukau Club where she started rowing in 2005. Outside of rowing Kelsey enjoys beauty therapy and walking her pug dog, Marnie.
Kelsey Bevan first represented New Zealand at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in 2010 where the women's eight won silver, they again won silver in 2011. At the 2010 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro she made her first elite crew, racing in the women's eight.
In 2012 she switched to the women's under-23 pair with Kayla Pratt where they won Gold. In 2013 she was part of the elite women's eight while in 2014 she was selected to be a non-travelling reserve for the New Zealand rowing team. In July of 2014 she got the call up to represent New Zealand at the World Rowing Championships in the women's coxless four with Kayla Pratt, Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast. The women's four went won Gold at the 2014 World Rowing Championships and claimed the world best record time of 6:14.36.