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2021 University Trans-Tasman Team Announcement

  • 12 Apr 21

On 7 December 2020 it was confirmed that due to COVID-19, Rowing NZ did not intend to send athletes to compete at international regattas throughout 2021, excluding the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, it is still the intention of Rowing NZ to select and support age group squads irrespective of international travel throughout 2021.

Following successful trials at Lake Ruataniwha on 4 April 2021, a Trans-Tasman University team has been selected. The team will train together at Lake Karapiro from 12-18 July 2021 and at the Development Regatta from 21-28 August 2021. Athletes will be contacted directly by Rowing NZ to confirm plans for the winter campaign.

Rowing NZ encourages any athletes not selected to the Trans-Tasman University team to continue rowing throughout the winter. The new National Pathway aims to offer support to athletes in their home clubs, schools and universities and athletes are able to gain selection onto the pathway through the winter regional programmes. Further information and a link to sign up to receive further information can be found here.

Women’s Eight

Arlia O'Sullivan, University of Canterbury

Daisy Forsythe, University of Canterbury

Greta Hawke, University of Otago

Helena Rikiti, University of Otago

Jane Shellekens, University of Canterbury

Katie Bell, University of Canterbury

Phoebe Trolove, University of Otago

Sally Wylaars, University of Otago

Julia Coppens (coxswain), University of Otago

Men’s Eight

Jack Chapman, University of Otago

Jack MacDonald, University of Auckland

James Glover, University of Otago

Oliver Fahey, University of Otago

Thomas Duffett, University of Auckland

Tom Fraser, University of Otago

Will Johnston, University of Canterbury

Zack Rumble, University of Canterbury

Phoebe Barratt (coxswain), University of Otago


Kirsty Dunhill - Women’s coach

Megan Glenn - Men’s coach

Coaching Team

Kirsty Dunhill

Kirsty first started coaching in 2001 at Takapuna Grammar School, where she held the Head of Rowing role for 3 seasons. Kirsty then moved to Auckland Grammar for a further three seasons as director of rowing before becoming the Auckland RPC manager in 2009. Kirsty stepped away from the sport for a few years when she had her two sons but still helped out some school programmes when she could. Her family moved to the Waikato and Kirsty was able to pick up a part time role as Waikato Rowing Development officer which included strategic development to help build up club programmes and upskill coaches in the region. 2015-2017 Kirsty was head of rowing at Cambridge High School alongside her learning assistant role in the school. Kirsty moved to St Peters to assist with the senior girls and season culminating in St Peters winning the Jubilee Cup (GU18 8+) for the first time. Kirsty’s family then shifted to Dunedin which presented Kirsty with the opportunity to coach Otago Boys and work at the school as a learning assistant, a school and programme she is currently involved in. It presented new challenges and great opportunities which Kirsty has really enjoyed, including a chance to coach the Otago Interprovincial team and the winter development team. Kirsty is a well-known voice of rowing, having commentated for 10 year at both Lake Karapiro and Lake Ruataniwha including at Maadi cup and National Champs. Over her 18 years of coaching she has also had the opportunity to coach for regional and national teams including NZ Juniors in 2004.

Megan Glenn

Megan first began coaching at St Peter’s School, Cambridge in 2008 when she finished as a rower there herself. After coaching at St Peters and completing her Bachelor of Media Arts, Megan moved to the UK where she was a rowing coach and boatman at Kings School. She then moved to Hinksey sculling school in Oxford in 2017 in the head coach role before moving back to NZ. During her time in the UK she was assistant manager and reserve coach for the British J16 rowing team. When Megan returned to NZ she took on the role as Senior boys coach at St Peters school where she has been for the past 3 seasons. Megan has coached the North Island U18 team and assisted with RPC winter training since her return. Alongside rowing Megan has now stepped into the Cycling Convenor role at St Peters (which has encouraged her to take up track cycling herself) as well as the Assistant Director of Rowing role. Megan is part of the Career Coach programme with Rowing NZ.