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Rowing NZ seek place for men's eight, quad at 2020 Tokyo Olympics


Sept. 15, 2019

Rowing New Zealand still seeks a spot for their men's eight at the Tokyo Olympics - but the boat isn't likely to contain Mahe Drysdale or Hamish Bond.
The organisation has named its summer squad to prepare for next year's Olympics and is considering sending the men's eight and men's quad to the 'last chance' Olympic qualifying regatta in Lucerne in May. Both boats narrowly failed to qualify for Tokyo 2020 automatically at the recent world championships in Austria.
However, dual Olympic gold medallists Drysdale and Bond are poised to be training as part of the men's sculling squad over spring and summer at Lake Karapiro.
Drysdale has made no bones about his long-held desire to win back the single scull berth from Robbie Manson, who qualified the boat for Tokyo at the world champs despite not making the A final. After a third disappointing world champs regatta, Manson admitted he was considering his options for Tokyo.
"I'm not ruling anything out – I don't want to go to the Olympics and make up numbers, I want to have the best chance of winning a medal that I can. I'm open to different options," Manson said.
Bond could also challenge for the single sculls berth. The 33-year-old has spent his international career as a sweep oar rower but has shown among world-class fields nationally that he's capable of competing with the best in the world in the single.
There will be a host of challenges for rowers, coaches and selectors over the next five months - New Zealand qualified nine boats for Tokyo at the world champs and may seek to extend that number to 11 next year.
The men's quad could experience an overhaul in crew that could feature Drysdale, or Bond, or even Manson - or Rowing NZ may look to make a change to the current double sculls boat of John Storey and Chris Harris. The 2017 world champs and bronze medallists last year weren't at their best this year but did enough to qualify the boat for Tokyo by finishing eighth overall.
It's understood Rowing NZ has also opted not to double up the star sweep oar women's duo of Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler at Tokyo.
The two won dual gold in Austria in the pair and eight but it's believed the taxing programme of trying to contest two events in the sapping heat in Tokyo next year would not produce optimum results, meaning the two will likely be selected in the boat best considered to win gold.
2019 Rowing NZ Summer Squad
Women: Ashlee Rowe (Auckland RPC, North Shore Rowing Club), Beth Ross (Petone Rowing Club, Central RPC), Brooke Donoghue (Waikato Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Davina Waddy (Canterbury Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Ella Greenslade (Wairau Rowing Club, Central RPC), Emma Dyke (Timaru Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Emma Twigg (Hawkes Bay Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Eve Macfarlane (Canterbury Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Georgia Nugent-O'Leary (Aramoho Whanganui RC, Central RPC), Grace Prendergast (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Hannah Osborne (Te Awamutu Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Jackie Gowler (Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club, Central RPC), Jackie Kiddle (Star Boating Club, Central RPC), Kelsey Bevan (Counties-Manukau Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), Kelsi Walters (Counties-Manukau Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), Kerri Gowler (Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club, Central RPC), Kirstyn Goodger (Wairau Rowing Club, Central RPC), Lucy Spoors (Canterbury Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Olivia Loe (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Phoebe Spoors (Canterbury Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Ruby Tew (Star Boating Club, Central RPC), Sam Voss (Cambridge Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Sophie Mackenzie (Wairau Rowing Club, Central RPC), Zoe McBride (Nelson Rowing Club, Central RPC). Men: Anthony Allen (Waikato Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Brook Robertson (Nelson Rowing Club, Central RPC), Cameron Crampton (Timaru Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Cameron Webster (North Shore Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), Chris Harris (Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club, Central RPC), Hamish Bond (North End Rowing Club), Ian Seymour (Wairau Rowing Club, Central RPC), Isaac Grainger (Auckland Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), James Lassche (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC), John Storey (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Jordan Parry (Tauranga Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Lewis Hollows (West End Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), Mahe Drysdale (West End Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), Matt Dunham (Cambridge Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Matt MacDonald (North Shore Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), Michael Brake (North Shore Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), Nathan Flannery (Union Christchurch Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Phillip Wilson (Petone Rowing Club, Central RPC), Robbie Manson (Wairau Rowing Club, Central RPC), Shaun Kirkham (Waikato Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Stephen Jones (West End Rowing Club, Auckland RPC), Tom Mackintosh (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC), Tom Murray (Blenheim Rowing Club, Central RPC). Coxswains: Caleb Shepherd (Waikato Rowing Club, Waikato RPC), Sam Bosworth (Avon Rowing Club, Southern RPC). Coaches: Calvin Ferguson, Gary Hay, Gary Roberts, James Coote, Mark Stallard, Mike Rodger, Tony O'Connor.
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