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2021 Rowing NZ Elite Men’s Team Announcement

  • 23 Mar 21

After the conclusion of Elite Trial 1, Rowing NZ announced the 2021 women’s elite team. New Zealand’s women’s team includes four World Champion crews, 15 World Champion athletes and six Olympic qualified boats.

Elite Trial 2 has now concluded with Rowing NZ announcing the 2021 men’s elite team. Alongside this announcement, Rowing NZ have also announced a men’s eight crew to contest the 2021 World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta held in Lucerne, Switzerland 15 - 17 May. The men’s eight will depart New Zealand on 7 May and return 20 May.

2021 Men’s Elite Team

Men’s Single Scull

Jordan Parry (Tauranga RC, Waikato RPC)

Gary Roberts (coach)

Men’s Double Scull

Chris Harris (Aramoho Whanganui RC, Central RPC)

Jack Lopas (Canterbury RC, Southern RPC)

Calvin Ferguson (coach)

Men’s Eight – to compete at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne 15-17 May

Dan Williamson (Auckland RC, Auckland RPC)

Hamish Bond (North End RC, Southern RPC)

Matt MacDonald (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC)

Michael Brake (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC)

Phillip Wilson (Petone RC, Central RPC)

Shaun Kirkham (Waikato RC, Waikato RPC)

Tom Mackintosh (Avon RC, Southern RPC)

Tom Murray (Blenheim RC, Central RPC)

Sam Bosworth (cox) (Avon RC, Southern RPC)

Tony O’Connor & Gary Roberts (coaches)


Brook Robertson (Nelson RC, Central RPC)

Ian Seymour (Wairau RC, Central RPC)

Ollie Maclean (North Shore RC, Auckland RPC)

Stephen Jones (West End RC, Auckland RPC)

Rowing NZ selectors have confirmed a men’s quad will not be contesting the 2021 World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta.

As at 4 February, Rowing NZ do not intend to contest World Rowing Cup regattas due to COVID-19. Instead, crews selected will remain in New Zealand for training and competition ahead of the World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team selection. Rowing NZ’s full international travel plans may be viewed here.

The New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team will be announced on 11 June.

Tokyo Olympic Games Qualification

9 New Zealand boats qualified for Tokyo Olympic Games at the 2019 World Rowing Championships: women’s single, women’s double, lightweight women’s double, women’s pair, women’s quad, women’s eight, men’s single, men’s double and men’s pair.

A men’s eight have been selected to contest the 2021 World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. The crew need to place in the top two of their field to qualify. In contrast to the World Rowing Championship Olympic qualification system, boats securing qualification through Final Olympic Qualification regattas may not have crew changes between securing qualification and the Olympic Games. If the men’s eight are successful in gaining Olympic qualification, New Zealand will be sending 10 crews to the Tokyo Olympics Games.

The New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team will be announced on 11 June.

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