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World Cup campaign commences for NZ Rowing Team

  • 09 Jun 15

The New Zealand rowing team will be embarking on an exciting chapter of New Zealand's proud Olympic rowing history when they leave New Zealand for their international season this Friday (12 June) just 420 days out from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The first stop on the competition calendar for the strong New Zealand rowing team is the second world cup series regatta of 2015 in Varese, Italy, before going onto the third and final world cup event at Lucerne, Switzerland in July. The 2015 campaign will culminate at the world rowing championships in August where Rowing New Zealand aims to qualify all Olympic boats for the Rio Olympic Games next year.

The New Zealand elite rowing team have been preparing well at the home base at Lake Karapiro since March. The team departing on Friday 12 June includes a strong squad of 53 athletes competing in all 14 Olympic class and two international boat class crews. The men’s pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond will depart at a later date in June to attend the third and final World Cup event in Lucerne, Switzerland. The men’s pair will be contested by reserves Axel Dickinson and Patrick McInnes at the second world cup regatta in Varese, Italy.

The expectation of these senior crews to perform and medal over the 2015 season is high especially with next year being Olympic year.

Alan Cotter, High Performance Director for Rowing New Zealand is looking forward to seeing what the crews can deliver at the second world cup regatta in Varese, Italy. “2015 is a tough year on the Olympic campaign trail because of the need to qualify the boats place in the Games. Jumping straight off the plane to compete at the second world cup is challenging but the crews need to build confidence at this regatta and make sure they build consistency in their performances going forward to the final world cup and onto the world championships.”

This year, the New Zealand rowing team will compete in two out of the three World Rowing Cup stages including Varese, Italy (18-21 June) and Lucerne, Switzerland (10-12 July).

The pinnacle event of the 2015 season is the World Rowing Championships at Aiguebelette, France which will take place from 30 August until 6 September. Crews that require a top 11 placing at the world championships to claim an Olympic berth include the men’s pair, men’s double, men’s four, men’s lightweight double scull, men’s lightweight four, the women’s pair, women’s double scull and women’s lightweight double scull, while a top 9 is required by the men’s single and women’s single and a top 8 finish is vital for the men’s quad. A more challenging top 5 placing is needed by the women’s eight, men’s eight and women’s quad. There is a second and final chance to qualify boats at the 2016 Final Qualifying Regatta in Lucerne.


Women’s Single Scull

Fiona Bourke (Otago University RC, Southern RPC)

Dick Tonks (Coach)

Women’s Double Scull

Zoe Stevenson (Tauranga RC, Waikato RPC)

Eve Macfarlane (Canterbury RC, Southern RPC)

Dick Tonks (coach)

Women’s Coxless Pair

Kerri Gowler (Aramoho-Wanganui RC, Central RPC)

Grace Prendergast (Avon RC, Southern RPC)

Dave Thompson (Coach)

Women’s Quad

Erin-Monique O’Brien (Petone RC, Central RPC)

Lucy Spoors (Canterbury RC, Southern RPC)

Georgia Perry (Cambridge RC, Waikato RPC)

Sarah Gray (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC)

Mike Rodger (Coach)

Women’s Lightweight Double Scull

Julia Edward (Rotorua RC, Waikato RPC)

Sophie MacKenzie (Wairau RC, Central RPC)

Gary Hay (Coach)

Women’s Lightweight Scull

Zoe McBride (Nelson RC, Central RPC)

Gary Hay (Coach)

Women’s Lightweight Scull (will attend World Cup #2 Varese, Italy and World Cup #3 Lucerne, Swizterland)

Jackie Kiddle (Star BC, Central RPC)

Gary Hay (Coach)

Women’s Eight

Rebecca Scown (Union Wanganui RC, Central RPC)

Genevieve Behrent (Waihopai RC, Southern RPC)

Kerri Gowler (Aramoho-Wanganui RC, Central RPC)

Grace Prendergast (Avon RC, Southern RPC)

Kelsey Bevan (Counties-Manukau RC, Auckland RPC)

Ruby Tew (Star BC, Central RPC)

Emma Dyke (Timaru RC, Southern RPC)

Kayla Pratt (Auckland RC, Auckland RPC)

Cox – Francie Turner (Canterbury RC, Southern RPC)

Dave Thompson (Coach)

Men’s Single Scull

Mahe Drysdale (West End RC, Auckland RPC)

Dick Tonks (Coach)

Men’s Coxless Pair (will attend World Cup #3 Lucerne Switzerland and World Rowing Championships Aigbuelette France)

Hamish Bond (North End RC, Southern RPC)

Eric Murray (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC)

Noel Donaldson (Coach)

Men’s Double Scull

Chris Harris (Aramoho-Wanganui RC, Central RPC)

Robbie Manson (Wairau RC, Central RPC)

Calvin Ferguson (Coach)

Men’s Quad

John Storey (Avon RC, Southern RPC)

George Bridgewater (Avon RC, Southern RPC)

Jade Uru (Waihopai RC, Southern RPC)

Karl Manson (Blenheim RC, Central RPC)

Mike Rodger (Coach)

Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four

Curtis Rapley (Tauranga RC, Waikato RPC)

Alistair Bond (Otago University RC, Southern RPC)

James Lassche (Avon RC, Southern RPC)

James Hunter (Wellington RC, Central RPC)

Dave Thompson (Coach)

Men’s Lightweight Double Scull

Peter Taylor (Auckland RC, Auckland RPC)

Hayden Cohen (Canterbury RC, Southern RPC)

Calvin Ferguson (Coach)

Men’s Lightweight Single Scull

Adam Ling (Tauranga RC, Waikato RPC)

Gary Hay (Coach)

Men’s Coxless Four

Anthony Allen (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC)

Alex Bardoul (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC)

Bobby Kells (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC)

Finn Howard (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC)

Marion Horwell (Coach)

Men’s Eight

Stephen Jones (West End RC, Auckland RPC)

Brook Robertson (Nelson RC, Central RPC)

Alex Kennedy (Te Awamutu RC, Waikato RPC)

Joe Wright (Wellington RC, Central RPC)

Isaac Grainger (Auckland RC, Auckland RPC)

Shaun Kirkham (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC)

Michael Brake (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC)

Tom Murray (Blenheim RC, Central RPC)

Cox Caleb Shepherd (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC)

Noel Donaldson (Coach)

Reserves – Women’s Sweep

Kristen Froude (Waihopai RC, Southern RPC)

Ashlee Rowe (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC)

Dave Thompson (Coach)

Reserves – Women’s Sculling

Olivia Loe (Avon RC, Southern RPC)

Marion Horwell (Coach)

Reserves – Men’s Sweep (Will race the Men’s Pair at World Cup #2, Varese, Italy and World Cup #3, Lucerne, Switzerland)

Patrick McInnes (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC)

Axel Dickinson (Wairau RC)

Marion Horwell (Coach)

Reserves - Men’s Sculling

Giacomo Thomas (Hawkes Bay RC, Auckland RPC)

Team Managers

Jan Taylor and Andrea Harper