Bond selected in 51-strong NZ squad

Hamish Bond
Hamish Bond
Hamish Bond's return to rowing has quickly led to a return to the national squad.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist has been named in the men's sweep squad.

As a member of the New Zealand elite squad, he forms part of the team to race at
world cup series regattas and the world championships.

Bond (33) was educated at Otago Boys' High School and maintains his affiliation with Dunedin's North End Rowing Club.

From 2009 to 2016
he formed an unbeatable duo with Waikato rower Eric Murray in the men's pair. They never lost a race and bagged two Olympic golds in the process.

However, after the Rio Games he made a switch to cycling and claimed Commonwealth Games bronze in the time trial last year.

On his return to rowing he indicated a desire to make the men's eight.

He joins fellow two-time Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale (40), who has also expressed an interest in the eight.

Drysdale, a former single-sculler, won two gold medals and a bronze across three Olympics.

The pair join 12 others - four only to race the world championships - in the sweep squad.

Elsewhere in the squad, Emma Twigg and Robbie Manson were confirmed as the two single sculls rowers.

The 51-strong team will remain at Lake Karapiro to train.

It departs overseas to contest World Cup regattas in Poland and the Netherlands in June and July.

Rowing New Zealand chief executive Simon Peterson had confidence in this year's group.

"We had a wake-up call in 2018 with our performances at the World Rowing Championships.

"But with our current athletes, returning athletes and depth of our under-23 team, we have incredibly experienced athletes paired with exciting new talent.

"This has given us both confidence and a new outlook heading into this year's international season."


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