David Lindstrom
1977 New Zealand coxless four.jpg
1977 New Zealand coxless four on the Bosbaan rowing lake in Amsterdam
Personal information
Birth nameDavid Edward Lindstrom
NationalityNew Zealand
Born (1948-09-29) 29 September 1948 (age 73)[1]
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight86 kg (190 lb)[1]

David Edward Lindstrom (born 29 September 1948) is a New Zealand rower.

Early life

Lindstrom was born in 1948 in Christchurch, New Zealand.[1] He received his education at St Bede's College (1962–1966) and then studied obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury (1967–1969).[2] Ross Lindstrom is his cousin.


Lindstrom is a member of Avon Rowing Club.[3] He represented New Zealand at the 1972 Summer Olympics in the coxed four, coming sixth in the event.[3] He is listed as New Zealand Olympian athlete number 287 by the New Zealand Olympic Committee.[4] He represented New Zealand at the 1976 Summer Olympics in the Coxless four in a team with Bob Murphy, Grant McAuley, and Des Lock, narrowly beaten by the team from the Soviet Union to fourth place.[5] The 1977 World Rowing Championships saw Lindstrom win silver in the coxless four with Des Lock, Ivan Sutherland and Dave Rodger under new coach Harry Mahon.[6] His last international success came in the 1978 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, when he won bronze with the New Zealand eight.[7]

In 2006, Lindstrom was appointed to the panel of junior national selectors by Rowing New Zealand (RNZ), and he later became the convenor of this panel.[2] He was a rowing coach at his old school, St Bede's College, for many years. Travelling to the 2015 Maadi Cup, two of his rowers were involved in a security breach at Auckland Airport. St Bede's headmaster stood the rowers down from the regatta and Lindstrom had a public fallout with the headmaster over the affair. It resulted in his resignation as rowing coach at St Bede's, but he was also dumped by RNZ as a junior selector.[2][8] Lindstrom was coaching the Wanganui Collegiate School rowing club, and provided results to the school within his first year of coaching.[9] Lindstrom is now head coach of the Christchurch Girls' High School rowing club.


  1. ^ a b c d "David Lindstrom". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Humes, Myles (20 June 2015). "Ex-St Bede's coach David Lindstrom dropped by Rowing New Zealand". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "David Lindstrom". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  4. ^ "David Lindstrom". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. ^ "(M4-) Men's Four - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  6. ^ "(M4-) Men's Four - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  7. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  8. ^ "St Bede's coaches and trustee quit after Maadi Cup row". The Press. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  9. ^ Piddington, Stu (7 April 2016). "Timaru crews charge into semifinals of Maadi Cup". The Timaru Herald. Retrieved 8 November 2016.