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Future Legacy Medal Presentations

Our next opportunities for Legacy Medal presentations will be at the National Championships at Ruataniwha, February 2021 and the RNZ AGM next May. The sub-committee is looking at possible recipients with location and associated ease of travel being always a consideration. The Foundation is very keen to work closely with Clubs and Associations who are planning a commemorative function or an annual prize giving and have RNZ Elite representatives within their membership. The presentation of a Legac...

December 4, 2020

RNZ Elite Athlete Update – Men’s Eight, Tom Mackintosh

Tom entered the Rowing NZ system in 2014 where he earned a bronze medal at the Junior World Rowing Championships. He later represented NZ at the Under 23 level to a bronze and silver medal in 2018 and 2019. Tom has been a recipient of the Foundation as an Under 23 athlete so we're grateful that he has given us an update on his year. Tom was recently named in the men’s elite eight who are looking to qualify for Tokyo. We wish Tom all the best for the future! Kia Ora, My name is Tom Ma...

October 19, 2020

Special occasion as Legacy Medal is presented to Jim Hill's Family

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Jim Hill earlier in the year however the Foundation was very pleased to be able to present the family of Jim Hill his Legacy Medal at a commemorative service at the Hamilton Rowing Club on the 25th of July. Jim had a lifetime involvement in rowing with the Hamilton Rowing Club, winning the national single sculls title successively from 1958 – 1963, and the double sculls title in 1958 and 1960.  He first represented New Zealand in the singl...

August 3, 2020

Verdonk and first women's four honoured

Legacy Medals were presented to nine New Zealand representative rowers in celebration of their contribution to the history of New Zealand rowing during a special presentation at the 2020 Rocket Food New Zealand Rowing Championships. The Legacy Programme was created to acknowledge and honour New Zealand’s elite rowers who have competed at major international regattas. Those that received Legacy medals at this event were: Eric Verdonk, Marion Horwell, Robyn Mathieson, Elizabeth Cato, Lesley Keys...

February 21, 2020

Our first New Zealand Rowing women's crew

In the winter of 1974 four women could be found slipping their oars into the foggy waters of Kerrs Reach each morning, steadily clocking up kilometers and constantly chasing the perfect stroke under the guidance of their keen young coxswain – determined to prove they were good enough for New Zealand selection. The 1974 crew of Marion Horwell, Robyn Matheson, Elizabeth Cato, Lesley Milne (nee Keys), along with coxswain Vicki Colville became the first New Zealand women’s crew to represent New ...

February 20, 2020

Auckland Rowing Club 150th Anniversary Legacy Presentation

The Auckland Rowing Club recently held it's 150th Anniversary Celebrations with two Legacy Presentations included in the two day event. The New Zealand Rowing Foundation were delighted to award Legacy Medals to the following recipients at the Cocktail Party: Ian Corbett, Peter Jansen, Graeme Ashby, Chris McAsey, Murdoch Dryden, Melanie Burke, Kayla Pratt. Legacy Medals were also awarded the following evening at the formal dinner at Fishermans Wharf. These recipients were:&nbs...

November 24, 2019

2019 Under 23 World Rowing Championships Success

The New Zealand Under 23 Rowing team won two silver medals at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, United States. Six of New Zealand’s eight crews contested A Finals, with four crews contesting A and B Finals on the last day of the regatta, with the men’s double scull and men’s coxed four both taking silver.Silver medalists in the men’s double scull Jack Lopas and Ollie Maclean, both of whom are based in the USA, were joined by coach Logan Keys at Princeton Universit...

August 31, 2019

AGM: Legacy Medal Presentation

The New Zealand Rowing Foundation, along with Rowing New Zealand were delighted to present six more highly prestigious legacy medals, honouring our elite New Zealand representative rowers, at the Rowing New Zealand Annual General Meeting dinner in Wellington in May. Six recipients were awarded their Legacy medals by RNZ CEO Simon Peterson and NZRF Chairman Ivan Sutherland: Peter Aitchison (#62), Richard Tuffin (#63), Geoff Benge (#81), John Gibbons (#91), Graham Shaw (#96) and Thomas J...

August 31, 2019

NZRF grant recipient Samantha Voss crowned World Champion

The New Zealand Rowing Foundation were delighted to contribute $15 000 towards the New Zealand Under 23 Rowing team who competed at the 2018 World U23 Rowing World Championships in Poznan, Poland in July last year. One of the outstanding performers of the team was Samantha Voss who overcame a broken ankle to achieve U23 World Champion status in the womens single scull. ‘The 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Champs is certainly the highlight of my rowing career so far. Winning the single was an incred...

March 1, 2019

Prestigous Legacy Medals awarded at National Championships

The New Zealand Rowing Foundation recently held a prestigious Legacy Medal presentation at the 2019 Rocket Foods New Zealand Rowing Championships in Twizel. (Text to be added to here…)...

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