Davina Waddy started rowing at Christchurch Girls’ High School and Canterbury Rowing Club in 2014 in her last year of high school, aged 18.
She made her first New Zealand team after just one year in the sport, gaining selection in the U21 trans-Tasman team in 2015, and won five of her six finals across the two-regatta series held in New Zealand and Australia. Following these impressive results she was selected in the U23 women’s eight for 2016, her first full international competition. The crew finished 4th in a nail-biting race just 0.03s behind the bronze medalists. A string of injuries and illness ruled Davina out of contention for selection in 2017, but she returned in 2018 as part of the U23 women’s coxless four and helped her crew to 5th place at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Poznan, Poland. Davina was been selected in the 2019 women’s elite sweep squad, racing in the four, and was a part of a new-look four for the 2019 season which finished in 11th place.
Before she took up rowing Davina was heavily involved in equestrian and won the Junior Eventing Championship title in 2014. She has completed a Bachelor of Commerce and is now studying towards a Master’s of Business Management.