Jones Family Charitable Trust Legends Dinner

On Friday 17 November members of the rowing community gathered at the Sir Don Rowlands Centre at Lake Karapiro in Cambridge for the Jones Family Charitable Trust Legends Dinner. It was a special night to celebrate the unprecedented success of Rowing New Zealand over the past six Olympiads as well as inspiring the next generation. 

Around 290 guests enjoyed hearing from 30 of our Olympic medallists from 2000-2021. Included in the line-up were the Munich Men's gold medal winning eight from 1972 who were interviewed alongside the Tokyo Men's gold medal winning eight from 2021. Athletes from throughout the six Olympiads of the modern era were interviewed by MC's Michelle Pickles and Lucy Spoors as well as Andy Hay who interviewed the men's eights.

Many of the 30 Olympic medallists received their Legacy Medals on the night. The Legacy Programme is an initiative created to acknowledge and honour all elite New Zealand rowers who have competed at major international regattas, and an important programme to keep the sport in touch with it’s alumni. 

The night was centred around rowing and reflected on the unprecedented success we have had in rowing in New Zealand; guests heard stories and behind-the-scenes accounts from our Olympic medallists. 

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