Bond back in the boat
Rowing NZ welcome Hamish Bond back into the Summer Squad training programme. After an impressive two years spent pursuing cycling, with a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and more recently a national record in the individual pursuit, Hamish is vying for selection into the men’s eight crew in early April, with his eyes set on Tokyo 2020 in the boat.
“Hamish’s past achievements in the sport of rowing and more recently in cycling, are proof enough that his natural talents and hunger for success are an unstoppable force. We’re obviously very happy to have Hamish return to the Rowing NZ programme and look forward to seeing him out on the water again.” Rowing NZ Chief Executive Simon Peterson
Bond comments, “When I stepped away from rowing after the Rio Olympics in 2016, I had achieved everything I set out to in the men’s pair. After two years away from the sport I have come to the decision that there are more things I would like to achieve in rowing before my time is done. At any level, the men’s and women’s eights are the most exciting events in the sport, and representing New Zealand in a bigger crew has become a challenge and opportunity I can’t ignore.’’
Bond’s previous rowing career includes two Olympic Gold medals (2012 and 2016), seven World Championships titles in the men’s pair and men’s coxed pair alongside Eric Murray, and a World Championship title in the men's four. Bond and Murray also claimed World Best Times in two boat classes, the men’s pair and men’s coxed pair, and both these times still stand today. Off the water, Bond and Murray also won New Zealand’s supreme Halberg award on two occasions, and were appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit for their services to rowing in 2013. In 2018 they were awarded rowing’s most prestigious international award, the Thomas Keller Medal.