Adam and I putting the work in as we race towards one of the the two remaining Olympic qualifying positions. This being my first elite regatta, I couldn't have asked for a better challenge and Rowing Celebration was there to capture the moment. Unfortunately we fell short of qualifying but the experience will be invaluable for the future.
Just prior to departure each year Rowing New Zealand invite media to capture the Elite crews in training before they head off to do battle on the international circuit. Hamish Burson shot this of Adam and I, the 2016 Men's Elite Lightweight Double.
Hamish Burson captured this stunner a few strokes into what ended up being the roughest conditions I have ever raced in, even after 10 years in the sport. So rough my splash guard glanced off my oar after being ripped off the stern. I took home the silver 2.33 seconds behind the current World Champion in that very event, Adam Ling. Our overall times exemplified the struggle, mine being 8:42.84.
Rowing Celebration joined us for a couple time trials during the NZ summer training period in the build up to the Nationals Champs and Olympic Selection Trials. As a proud member of Waikato Rowing Club I have the honor of also representing Waikato RPC over the summer.
This was not only my first medal at world level but it was also the first medal won by a New Zealand rower at a Universiade. The Universiade is the second largest sporting event in the world to the Olympics and this was the 28th edition. To earn the right to wear the silver medal on the podium is my greatest achievement to date.
Photo ©: Rowing Celebration
The last few stokes of the Men's Lightweight Single Final at the 2015 Gwangju Universiade. Finishing in second with a new personal best time of 6:58.4 this was my first time winning a medal for New Zealand at World level. Photo ©: Rowing Celebration
This shot was taken by Rowing Celebration during training the morning prior to heats kicking off. At Nationals all NZ's high performance rowers represent a Regional Performance Center. As a proud member of Waikato Rowing Club I have the honor of also representing Waikato RPC.
Matthew Dunham in stroke and myself in bow, this was our second world competition representing New Zealand in this double. This shot was taken from the heat where we finished just 0.69 seconds behind the Czech republic to place 2nd.
Each year Rowing New Zealand hosts a series of winter regattas, similar to World Rowing Cups, for all the national crews to test themselves against one another and any eager club rowers still training. This was the second in the series that Matt (stroke) and I took part in during our build up to the 2014 U23 World Championships.
This was photo was taken a few strokes out of the starting blocks at the 2014 NZ Nationals. This event was hotly contested within a quality field. Shout out must go to Peter Taylor who took home the tittle in 6:47.21; Only 0.28 seconds off the world record at the time, 6:46.93.
Three time world champion Duncan Grant in stroke and myself in bow. I relished the opportunity to row with someone with so much knowledge and experience. The smoothness and length of his stroke was like none other.
Adam Ling in stroke, Alistair Bond in 3 seat, Duncan Grant in 2 and myself in bow, we clocked a sharp time of 5:46.21. Only 1.03 seconds off the then Men's Elite Lightweight quad world record (5:45.18) it was the fastest I had ever covered 2000 meters.
Matthew Dunham in stroke and myself in bow it was the Mighty Lighty's in action. Matt two years younger than me again, we were the young bucks of the Summer Squad.
After great success at the NZ University National Championships Matthew Dunham and myself were selected to represent NZ at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The event was similar to that of an Olympic games and one that I will remember for a long time.
Having only competed internationally against Australia this was my first time competing on the world stage. This photo here was particularly special to me as it was the first time I appeared on the World Rowing website.
This was my first time competing in this age group and it was tough going just missing out on a medal to to Karl Manson, Joe Wright and Jamie Hunter. This photo was captured by my mother and gives some insight into the pain felt at the end of a race.