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​2021 New Zealand World University Squad

  • 12 Apr 21

On 7 December 2020 it was confirmed that due to COVID-19, Rowing NZ did not intend to send athletes to compete at international regattas throughout 2021, excluding the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, it is still the intention of Rowing NZ to select and support age group squads irrespective of international travel throughout 2021.

A World University squad has been selected and will train together over the course of the winter and race at the Development Regatta from 21 - 28 August 2021 at Lake Karapiro. The Universiade, scheduled to take place in Chengdu, China from 18 - 29 August 2021, has been postponed to 2022 as a result of the impacts of COVID-19. The team announced today will operate as a training squad to aid the development of the athletes selected, but new selections will take place in 2022 to select a team to compete at the postponed event.

Rowing NZ encourages any athletes not selected to the World University squad to continue rowing throughout the winter. The new National Pathway aims to offer support to athletes in their home clubs, schools and universities and athletes are able to gain selection onto the pathway through the winter regional programmes. Further information and a link to sign up to receive further information can be found here.


Catherine Layburn, Auckland University

Sophie Egnot-Johnson, Massey University


Ben Mason, University of Otago

George Howat, University of Canterbury

Jostien Leota-Butler, University of Canterbury

Matthew White, Lincoln University

Murphy Water, University of Canterbury

Will Gilbert, Lincoln University


Anna DeLong - Women’s Coach

Malcolm McIntyre - Men’s Coach

Coaching Team

Anna DeLong

Anna began her rowing at Epsom Girls Grammar in Auckland when she was a student at the school. Anna has also rowed for North Shore Rowing Club and the Auckland RPC and was part of the NZ U21 team in 2011-2012. Anna started coaching alongside her own rowing in 2014 with Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. Over her three seasons as the lead novice coach the group consistently produced medal winning performances. Anna shifted to Auckland Grammar for a season working with the U18 boys before becoming the lead women’s coach at North Shore Rowing Club where she has been the past two seasons. During her time coaching in Auckland, Anna has been involved in the regional development programmes assisting with the winter RPC trial group and coaching the Auckland Light Blues U17 team to Australia in 2018. Alongside her rowing and coaching Anna has completed two degrees, a Bachelor or Sport and recreation and a Bachelor of Business, however she decided teaching was her passion and completed the Primary teaching Post Grad diploma and has been a primary school teacher for the past two years. Anna has also taken initiative in developing her coaching skills undertaking the RNZ coach courses and scholarship weekend in 2020. In Auckland she is part of the coach scholarship group and the Coach Aktive programme provided by Harbour Sport. 

Malcolm McIntyre

Malcolm is passionate about rowing with a coaching career that spans 30 years. Malcolm began rowing at Westlake Boys High School and went on to complete a Diploma of Wool technology before becoming a Police Officer in 1984, through to 2012. He continued to coach alongside his role in the Police which saw him move from Auckland to Leeston to Christchurch. Malcom established the Westlake Girls High School rowing programme in 1984 and stayed coaching there until 1996. During this time Westlake Girls won the U18 8+ two years in a row alongside many other winning crews over the 12 years he was involved. While coaching Westlake Girls he also assisted at Otago University Rowing coaching and managing squads to Australia and Taiwan. In 1991-1992 Malcolm coached the New Zealand Senior B crews, a men’s lightweight four and double against Australia. From 1997 onwards Malcom has been involved in Chris’s College Rowing and was appointed head coach in 2000. As part of the Christ’s College coaching team he has contributed to consistent performances and successes over a number of years and most recently the U18 8+ win at 2021 Maadi Cup. Alongside his Christ’s College role Malcolm has stayed involved with the Otago University rowing programme helping athletes progress along the Rowing NZ pathway and working with American university students in a cross-cultural programme focusing on athlete development. Malcolm completed Rowing NZ old Level 1 and 2 coach education and attended RNZ coach workshops last year after being appointed U21 coach.