Nelson rower off to Olympics


Nelson rower Brook Robertson is off to Rio after being named in the New Zealand Olympic rowing team yesterday following a week of trials.

Brook is set to represent his country with 30 other rowers including Blenheim’s Robbie Manson, Tom Murray and Marlborough’s Sophie MacKenzie.

Rio will be Brook’s first Olympic Games.

The team is Rowing New Zealand’s biggest Olympic Games team with 31 athletes set to row across nine boat classes in Rio later this year.

The team is made up as follows:

Mahe Drysdale

Men’s Pair: Hamish Bond & Eric Murray

Men’s Double: Chris Harris & Robbie Manson

Men’s LW Four: Alistair Bond, James Hunter, James Lassche & Peter Taylor

Men’s Eight: Michael Brake, Isaac Grainger, Stephen Jones, Alex Kennedy, Shaun Kirkham, Tom Murray, Brook Robertson, Caleb Shepherd – coxswain & Joe Wright

Women’s Double: Eve Macfarlane & Zoe Stevenson

Women’s LW Double: Julia Edward & Sophie MacKenzie

Women’s Pair: Genevieve Behrent & Rebecca Scown

Women’s Eight: Rebecca Scown, Genevieve Behrent, Kelsey Bevan, Emma Dyke, Kerri Gowler, Kayla Pratt, Grace Prendergast, Ruby Tew & Francie Turner – coxswain