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Stephen Jones started rowing at St Peter’s College and West End Rowing Club in 2006 aged 14.

He first represented New Zealand in 2011 as part of the junior men’s quad, which placed 4th at the World Rowing Junior Championships on the London Olympic course in Eton Dorney. After a domestic season with Auckland Rowing Performance Centre Stephen made the U21 trans-Tasman team in 2012 as a sculler. A year later he broke into the international scene as stroke of the U23 men’s eight. The crew won back-to-back golds at the World Rowing U23 Championships in 2013 and 2014, and had a strong showing at World Rowing Cup III in 2014. After a breakthrough year in the elite ranks in 2015, the men’s eight placed a close 4th at the World Rowing Championships and, in doing so, qualified the boat for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where they placed 6th. Stephen remained part of the men’s eight in 2017 and 2018 and was back in the stroke seat for 2019. This season saw a great improvement in the men’s eight, with a bronze at World Rowing Cup III and a maiden victory for the New Zealand men’s eight at the Royal Henley Regatta. Stephen stroked the crew to a commendable 6th place at the 2019 World Rowing Championships.

At the Tokyo Olympics Stephen team up with Brook Robertson in the men's pair where they placed 6th in the B final.

Off the water he enjoys time with his wife Anna and their dog Alfie. He is working towards his private pilot’s license and intends to complete his commercial license after that.