Stephanie Foster
Personal information
Birth nameStephanie Charlene Foster
Born (1958-09-02) 2 September 1958 (age 63)
Morrinsville, New Zealand
Height181 cm (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight71 kg (157 lb)[1]
Sport
SportRowing

Stephanie Charlene Cooper-Foster MBE (born 2 September 1958), best known under her maiden name Stephanie Foster, is a former New Zealand rower.

Early life

Foster was born in 1958 in Morrinsville, a provincial town in the Waikato region of New Zealand.[1] She was involved in many sports. After her family moved to Auckland, she attended Papakura High School.[2]

Rowing career

Foster had a cousin who was a rower. She listened with her parents to the radio of the 1972 New Zealand eight winning gold at the Munich Olympics. Soon after, she was asked to try rowing because a team was one rower short. She agreed and joined the Auckland Rowing Club.[2]

Foster first competed internationally at the 1978 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.[3] With the women's coxed four and the women's eight, she won both B-finals.[4][5] At the 1981 World Rowing Championships at Oberschleißheim, Germany, she came fifth in the women's single scull.[6] At the 1982 World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, she won a bronze medal in the single scull.[7]

She represented New Zealand in the single scull event at the 1984 Olympics, coming seventh overall in the single scull. At the 1986 World Rowing Championships at Nottingham in the United Kingdom, she won a bronze in the women's double scull with Robin Clarke.[8] She was the flagbearer at the 1986 Commonwealth Games at both the opening and the closing ceremonies, and won golds in the women's single scull and in the women's double scull with Robin Clarke.[2]

In the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours, Foster was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to rowing.[9]

Private life

She married the rower Brett Cooper while she was still competing internationally. She uses her married name apart from rowing, where she goes by her maiden name. They have two sons who also took up rowing. The family lived for three decades at Lake Rotoiti followed by a short stint in Gore, before settling in Wedderburn in the 2020s.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Stephanie Foster". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Leggat, David (22 March 2021). "Where is she now? Stephanie Foster". Newsroom. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Stephanie Cooper-Foster". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. ^ "(W8+) Women's Eight - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  5. ^ "(W4+) Women's Coxed Four - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. ^ "(W1x) Women's Single Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. ^ "(W1x) Women's Single Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Women's Double Sculls - Final". FISA. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ "No. 50950". The London Gazette (4th supplement). 13 June 1987. p. 32.