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Kirstyn Goodger started rowing at Saint Kentigern’s College in 2006 and represented New Zealand for the first time in 2009 as part of the junior women’s eight . At the World Rowing Junior Championships in Brive, France, the crew won a silver medal behind the US. Kirstyn then attended the University of Washington and completed an oceanography degree, graduating in 2014. She returned home to New Zealand and rejoined the Central Rowing Performance Centre and Wairau Rowing Club.

Kirstyn was in the elite team in 2017 and 2018 as a reserve. In 2019 she was selected again as a reserve in the women’s squad and was able to compete in the women’s eight at World Rowing Cup II, before being given an opportunity to race at the World Rowing Championships in an attempt to qualify the women’s quadruple sculls. The quad not only qualified for the Olympics but ended up in 5th in the A final.

When she’s not rowing you can find Kirstyn kiteboarding, surfboarding or wakeboarding.