David Simmons
David Simmons 2015 (cropped).jpg
Simmons in 2015
Personal information
Birth nameDavid Gerard Simmons
Born (1955-10-06) 6 October 1955 (age 67)[1]
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight50 kg (110 lb)[1]
CountryNew Zealand
Medal record

David Gerard Simmons CNZM (born 6 October 1955) is a New Zealand lecturer in tourism policy. During his university years, he was a rowing cox, winning bronze medals at two world rowing championships.


Simmons was born in 1955 in Christchurch.[1][2] He was the cox for the eight in the 1975 World Rowing Championships in Nottingham, Great Britain, and won a bronze medal.[3] He represented New Zealand at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He is listed as New Zealand Olympian athlete number 375 by the New Zealand Olympic Committee.[4]

Simmons gained a Bachelor of Science and then a Master of Applied Science from the University of Canterbury. He wrote his PhD at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Since 1980, he has lectured in tourism policy at Lincoln University, where he is now an emeritus professor.[5]

In the 2023 New Year Honours, Simmons was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), for services to tourism and tertiary education.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "David Simmons". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "David Simmons". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  3. ^ "(M8+) Men's Eight - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "David Simmons". New Zealand Olympic Committee. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  5. ^ "David Simmons". Lincoln University. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  6. ^ "New Year Honours: New Zealanders recognised across fields from science to sport". Radio New Zealand. 31 December 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2022.