|Affiliation||International Rowing Federation|
Rowing New Zealand is the sports governing body for rowing in New Zealand. Its purpose is to provide leadership and support to enable an environment of success for the New Zealand rowing community. This includes secondary schools, clubs, masters, universities and high performance.
Rowing New Zealand was founded as the New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association on 16 March 1887. The New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association was formed by nine clubs in an effort to coordinate and regulate the sport of amateur rowing in New Zealand.
Since the turn of the 21st century, Rowing New Zealand has had moderate success on the water, which has resulted in increased media interest in the sport of rowing and record participation at secondary school level. The aim is eventually to replicate the success of Great Britain and Australia on the water by the 2020 Olympics. This increase in the number of active rowers has been attributed in particular to Rob Waddell's gold medal victory at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. There have also been increases, particularly in the number of women rowers, since Georgina Evers-Swindell and Caroline Evers-Swindell won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
The 2008 Olympic trials gained intense public and media interest as previous Olympic champion Rob Waddell challenged current world champion Mahé Drysdale for the sole men’s single sculls spot. In the final race, Waddell suffered a repeat of his atrial fibrillation condition, resulting in Drysdale claiming the victory and the sole 2008 Olympic single sculls spot.
Waddell was then selected into the double sculls with the young Nathan Cohen, world champion at the 2006 World University Games in single sculls, in early 2008. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Shunyi, Beijing in August 2008, the two finished fourth in the double sculls final.
Cohen won the gold medal in double sculls at the next Olympic Games in 2012, with rowing partner Joseph Sullivan.
Cohen and Sullivan also won the World Championship in both 2010 and 2011.
Sixty-eight clubs are affiliated to Rowing New Zealand. Clubs within New Zealand are affiliated to their regional rowing associations, which include the Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, East Coast, Marlborough, Otago, Southland, Waikato, Whanganui and Wellington Rowing Associations.
Other members affiliated with Rowing New Zealand include the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association (NZSSRA), the New Zealand Universities Rowing Council, the New Zealand Rowing Race Officials Association, Regional Performance Centres (RPCs), Karapiro Rowing and Ruataniwha Rowing. RPCs provide a pathway for rowers to compete for selection in national representative crews as well as providing a high performance training environment for rowers. Karapiro Rowing and Ruataniwha Rowing operate and maintain the country's two main rowing venues: Lake Karapiro near Cambridge in the North Island, and Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel in the South Island.
Rowing New Zealand selects Elite, Development, Under 23, Under 21, Junior and Under 18 National Teams through selection camps and trials process. The Elite National Team represents New Zealand at the highest level of competition, either at the Olympic Games, World Championships or the Rowing World Cup. While the Olympics are held once every four years, the World Championships are held every year. The Rowing World Cup comprises 3 regattas held each year and overall winners are determined by points that are awarded to the top finishing boats at each event.
The Under 23 National Team competes at the Under 23 World Championship regatta each year while the Under 21 National Team competes at the Youth Cup Regatta in Australia. The Junior National Team competes at the Junior World Championships each year and the Under 18 crews from the North Island and the South Island are selected annually to compete against one another.
Rowing New Zealand hosted the 2010 World Championship Regatta at Lake Karapiro, 12–19 September. New Zealand secured the rights to hold the 39th World Rowing Championship in 2006 and, in doing so, became one of only a handful of world rowing nations that have held more than one championship. At the official Closing Ceremony, FISA President Denis Oswald said: "I praise the Organising Committee for having staged such an outstanding event and I include all members of the Organising Committee and volunteers who have been so helpful and friendly to us. It won't take 32 years until we come back. Karapiro 2010 brought the World Championships to new standards and set a new model."
The first time the event came to New Zealand was in 1978. The 2010 event joins the 1978 event as being considered by many of the rowing community worldwide as being amongst the greatest ever world championships.
The 2005 World Championship Regatta was one of the most successful event for Rowing New Zealand and New Zealand sport when four gold medals were won within 45 minutes, making New Zealand the most successful country at the regatta. The four victories were:
|Bronze||1920 Antwerp||Men's Single Sculls||Darcy Hadfield|
|Silver||1932 Los Angeles||Men's Coxless pair||Cyril Stiles; Rangi Thompson|
|Gold||1968 Mexico||Men's coxed Four||Dick Joyce; Dudley Storey; Ross Collinge; Warren Cole; Simon Dickie|
|Gold||1972 Munich||Men's Eight||Tony Hurt; Wybo Veldman; Dick Joyce; John Hunter; Lindsay Wilson; Joe Earl; Trevor Coker; Gary Robertson; Simon Dickie|
|Silver||1972 Munich||Men's coxless Four||Dick Tonks; Dudley Storey; Ross Collinge; Noel Mills|
|Bronze||1976 Montreal||Men's Eight||Ivan Sutherland; Trevor Coker; Peter Dignan; Lindsay Wilson; Joe Earl; Dave Rodger; Alec McLean; Tony Hurt; Simon Dickie|
|Gold||1984 Los Angeles||Men's coxless Four||Les O'Connell; Shane O'Brien; Conrad Robertson; Keith Trask|
|Bronze||1984 Los Angeles||Men's coxed Four||Kevin Lawton; Don Symon; Barrie Mabbott; Ross Tong; Brett Hollister|
|Bronze||1988 Seoul||Men's coxed Four||George Keys; Ian Wright; Greg Johnston; Chris White; Andrew Bird|
|Bronze||1988 Seoul||Women's coxless Pair||Nikki Payne; Lynley Hannen|
|Bronze||1988 Seoul||Men's Single Sculls||Eric Verdonk|
|Gold||2000 Sydney||Men's Single Sculls||Rob Waddell|
|Gold||2004 Athens||Women's Double Sculls||Georgina Evers-Swindell; Caroline Evers-Swindell|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||Women's double sculls||Georgina Evers-Swindell; Caroline Evers-Swindell|
|Bronze||2008 Beijing||Men's Single Sculls||Mahé Drysdale|
|Bronze||2008 Beijing||Men's coxless pair||Nathan Twaddle ; George Bridgewater|
|Gold||2012 London||Men's double sculls||Nathan Cohen; Joseph Sullivan|
|Gold||2012 London||Men's coxless pair||Eric Murray ; Hamish Bond|
|Gold||2012 London||Men's single sculls||Mahé Drysdale|
|Bronze||2012 London||Men's lightweight double sculls||Storm Uru, Peter Taylor|
|Bronze||2012 London||Women's coxless pair||Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown|
|Gold||2016 Rio de Janeiro||Men's coxless pair||Hamish Bond, Eric Murray|
|Gold||2016 Rio de Janeiro||Men's single sculls||Mahé Drysdale|
|Silver||2016 Rio de Janeiro||Women's coxless pair||Genevieve Behrent, Rebecca Scown|
|Silver||2020 Tokyo||Women's double sculls||Brooke Donoghue, Hannah Osborne|
|Gold||2020 Tokyo||Women's coxless pair||Grace Prendergast, Kerri Gowler|
|Silver||2020 Tokyo||Women's eight||Ella Greenslade, Emma Dyke, Lucy Spoors, Kelsey Bevan, Grace Prendergast, Kerri Gowler, Beth Ross, Jackie Gowler, Caleb Shepherd|
|Gold||2020 Tokyo||Women's single sculls||Emma Twigg|
|Gold||2020 Tokyo||Men's eight||Tom Mackintosh, Hamish Bond, Tom Murray, Michael Brake, Dan Williamson, Phillip Wilson, Shaun Kirkham, Matt MacDonald, Sam Bosworth|
|World championship regatta||Event||Crew members|
|1998 – Cologne, Germany||Men’s single sculls||Rob Waddell|
|1999 – St Catherine's, Canada||Men’s single sculls||Rob Waddell|
|2002 – Sevilla, Spain||Women’s double sculls||Georgina Evers-Swindell, Caroline Evers-Swindell|
|2003 – Milan, Italy||Women’s double sculls||Georgina Evers-Swindell, Caroline Evers-Swindell|
|2005 – Gifu, Japan||Men's single sculls||Mahé Drysdale|
|2005 – Gifu, Japan||Women's coxless pair||Juliette Haigh, Nicky Coles|
|2005 – Gifu, Japan||Men's coxless pair||George Bridgewater, Nathan Twaddle|
|2005 – Gifu, Japan||Women's double sculls||Georgina Evers-Swindell, Caroline Evers-Swindell|
|2006 – Eton, England||Men’s single sculls||Mahé Drysdale|
|2007 – Munich, Germany||Men’s single sculls||Mahé Drysdale|
|2007 – Munich, Germany||Men’s coxless four||Hamish Bond, Eric Murray, James Dallinger, Carl Meyer|
|2007 – Munich, Germany||Men’s lightweight single sculls||Duncan Grant|
|2008 – Linz, Austria||Men’s lightweight single sculls||Duncan Grant|
|2009 – Poznan, Poland||Men’s single Sculls||Mahé Drysdale|
|2009 – Poznan, Poland||Men’s lightweight single Sculls||Duncan Grant|
|2009 – Poznan, Poland||Men’s lightweight double sculls||Peter Taylor, Storm Uru|
|2009 – Poznan, Poland||Men's Coxless Pair||Eric Murray, Hamish Bond|
|2010 – Lake Karapiro, New Zealand||Men’s double sculls||Nathan Cohen, Joseph Sullivan|
|2010 – Lake Karapiro, New Zealand||Men's Coxless Pair||Eric Murray, Hamish Bond|
|2010 – Lake Karapiro, New Zealand||Women's Coxless Pair||Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown|
|2011 – Bled, Slovenia||Men’s single Sculls||Mahé Drysdale|
|2011 – Bled, Slovenia||Men’s double sculls||Nathan Cohen, Joseph Sullivan|
|2011 – Bled, Slovenia||Men's Coxless Pair||Eric Murray, Hamish Bond|
|2011 – Bled, Slovenia||Women's Coxless Pair||Juliette Haigh, Rebecca Scown|
|2013 World Rowing Championships - Chungju||Men's Coxless Pair||Eric Murray, Hamish Bond|
|2014 World Rowing Championships - Amsterdam||Men's Coxless Pair||Eric Murray, Hamish Bond|
|2014 World Rowing Championships - Amsterdam||Men's Coxed Pair||Eric Murray, Hamish Bond, Caleb Shepherd|
|2014 World Rowing Championships - Amsterdam||Women’s single Sculls||Emma Twigg|
|2014 World Rowing Championships - Amsterdam||Women’s double sculls||Fiona Bourke, Zoe Stevenson|
|2014 World Rowing Championships - Amsterdam||Women's Coxless Four||Kayla Pratt, Kelsey Bevan, Grace Prendergrast, Kerri Gowler|
|2014 World Rowing Championships - Amsterdam||Women’s lightweight double sculls||Sophie MacKenzie, Julia Edwards|
|2015 World Rowing Championships - Aiguebelette||Men's Coxless Pair||Eric Murray, Hamish Bond|
|2015 World Rowing Championships - Aiguebelette||Men's lightweight single sculls||Adam Ling|
|2015 World Rowing Championships - Aiguebelette||Women’s double sculls||Eve MacFarlane, Zoe Stevenson|
|2015 World Rowing Championships - Aiguebelette||Women’s lightweight single sculls||Zoe McBride|
|2015 World Rowing Championships - Aiguebelette||Women’s lightweight double sculls||Sophie MacKenzie, Julia Edwards|
|2016 World Rowing Championships - Rotterdam||Women’s lightweight single sculls||Zoe McBride|
|2017 World Rowing Championships - Sarasota||Men’s double sculls||John Storey, Chris Harris|
|2017 World Rowing Championships - Sarasota||Women’s double sculls||Brooke Donoghue, Olivia Loe|
|2017 World Rowing Championships - Sarasota||Women’s Coxless Pair||Grace Prendergast, Kerri Gowler|
|2019 World Rowing Championships - Ottensheim||Women’s double sculls||Brooke Donoghue, Olivia Loe|
|2019 World Rowing Championships - Ottensheim||Women’s Coxless Pair||Grace Prendergast, Kerri Gowler|
|2019 World Rowing Championships - Ottensheim||Women’s Coxed Eight||Ella Greenslade, Emma Dyke, Lucy Spoors, Kelsey Bevan, Grace Prendergast, Kerri Gowler, Elizabeth Ross, Jackie Gowler, Caleb Shepherd|