Kavanagh College schoolgirl Zoe McBride has made a
dramatic start to her rowing career and has the potential to
represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games.
She demonstrated that when she was a member of the New
Zealand quadruple scull that won a bronze medal at the world
junior championships in Bulgaria this year.
It was a promising start to her international rowing
career and she learned valuable lessons that should carry her
to further success.
"It was my first taste of what sport at this level is like
and it has made me want to get more of it," McBride said.
"I learned that I will have to work harder and push myself
more in races."
McBride (17) has set her sights on getting back in the New
Zealand team for the world junior championships in Lithuania
McBride and double sculls partner Hannah Duggan have made a
big splash on the New Zealand rowing scene over the last two
McBride has won six gold medals in sculling events at the
Maadi Cup in the last two years and another three at the New
Zealand club championships.
She has established a remarkable partnership with Duggan,
with whom she has won five of the gold medals.
They are members of the Otago Rowing Club and have worked
hard over the last three years under the direction of coach
Inspired by the results of New Zealand rowers at the London
Olympic Games, who won three gold and two bronze medals, the
pair are keen to follow in their footsteps.
They talked with Hamish Bond and Rebecca Scown when they
visited Dunedin after the Olympic Games.
"They told us there was nothing special about their
training," Duggan said. "It is just a matter of doing the
Their targets for next year's Maadi Cup at Lake Karapiro are
winning gold medals in the girls under-18 and lightweight
double sculls, and for McBride to win the under-18 single
McBride and Duggan
NZ championships (2012):
• Zoe McBride: Gold medal in the women's under-19 double
sculls, club double sculls, club single sculls.
• Hannah Duggan: Gold medal in the women's under-19 double
sculls, club double sculls.
• McBride: Gold medals in girls under-16 single sculls,
under-16 double sculls, under-18 lightweight double sculls;
silver medal in under-17 single sculls.
• Duggan: Gold medals under-16 double sculls, under-18
lightweight double sculls.
• McBride: Gold medals in under-17 single sculls, under-18
single sculls, under-18 lightweight double sculls; silver
medal in under-17 double sculls.
• Duggan: Gold medal in under-18 lightweight double sculls;
silver medal in under-17 double sculls.