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2021 Rowing NZ Elite Women's Team Announcement

  • 04 Feb 21

After the conclusion of Elite Trial 1, Rowing NZ today announced the 2021 women’s elite team.

As at 4 February, Rowing NZ do not intend to contest World Rowing Cup regattas due to COVID-19. Instead, crews selected will remain in New Zealand for training and competition ahead of New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team selection.

Scheduled to be hosted 9-12 March, Elite Trial 2 will conclude with Rowing NZ announcing the 2021 men’s elite team. Alongside this announcement, Rowing NZ may also announce a men’s quad and eight crew to contest the 2021 FISA Final Olympic Qualification Regatta held in Lucerne, Switzerland 15 - 17 May.

The New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team will be announced on 9 June.

Women’s Single Scull

Emma Twigg (Hawkes Bay Rowing Club, Waikato RPC)

Mike Rodger (coach)

Women’s Coxless Pair

Grace Prendergast (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC)

Kerri Gowler (Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club, Central RPC)

Gary Hay (coach)

Women’s Double Scull

Brooke Donoghue (Waikato Rowing Club, Waikato RPC)

Olivia Loe (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC)

James Coote (coach)

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull

Zoe McBride (Nelson Rowing Club, Central RPC)

Jackie Kiddle (Star Boating Club, Central RPC)

James Coote (coach)

Women’s Sweep Squad

Beth Ross (Petone Rowing Club, Central RPC)

Davina Waddy (Canterbury Rowing Club, Southern RPC)

Ella Greenslade (Wairau Rowing Club, Central RPC)

Emma Dyke (Timaru Rowing Club, Southern RPC)

Grace Prendergast (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC)

Jackie Gowler (Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club, Central RPC)

Kelsey Bevan (Counties-Manukau Rowing Club, Auckland RPC)

Kelsi Walters (Counties-Manukau Rowing Club, Auckland RPC)

Kerri Gowler (Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club, Central RPC)

Kirstyn Goodger (Wairau Rowing Club, Central RPC)

Lucy Spoors (Canterbury Rowing Club, Southern RPC)

Phoebe Spoors (Canterbury Rowing Club, Southern RPC)

Caleb Shepherd (cox) (Waikato Rowing Club, Waikato RPC)

Gary Hay (coach)

Women’s Quad

Ruby Tew (Star Boating Club, Central RPC)

Georgia Nugent-O’Leary (Aramoho Whanganui RC, Central RPC)

Eve Macfarlane (Canterbury Rowing Club, Southern RPC)

Hannah Osborne (Te Awamutu Rowing Club, Waikato RPC)

Mike Rodger (coach)

Women’s Sculling Reserves

Ashlee Rowe (North Shore Rowing Club, Auckland RPC)

Sam Voss (Cambridge Rowing Club, Waikato RPC)

James Coote (coach)

Tokyo Olympic Games Qualification

9 New Zealand boats qualified for Tokyo Olympic Games at the 2019 World Rowing Championships: women’s single, women’s double, lightweight women’s double, women’s pair, women’s quad, women’s eight, men’s single, men’s double and men’s pair.

A men’s quad and eight may be selected to contest the 2021 FISA Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. Both crews need to place in the top two of their field to qualify. In contrast to the World Rowing Championship Olympic qualification system, boats securing qualification through Final Olympic Qualification regattas may not have crew changes between securing qualification and the Olympic Games. If a men’s quad and eight crew are successful in gaining Olympic qualification, New Zealand will be sending 11 crews to the Tokyo Olympics Games.

The New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team will be announced on 9 June.

International Travel

World Rowing will announce by 22 February their intentions on hosting the 2021 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, scheduled to be hosted 15-17 May, Lucerne, Switzerland.

For all World Rowing media enquiries please contact Melissa Bray.

Rowing NZ’s international travel plans may be viewed here.