Bond, Strachan for club's 125th

Hamish Bond.
Hamish Bond.
The North End Rowing Club will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year and, to mark the occasion, it has called in two heavyweights of the sport.

Double Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion Hamish Bond and club stalwart and Rowing New Zealand vice-patron Fred Strachan will be the keynote speakers at a black-tie dinner in October next year.

North End Rowing Club was founded in 1892 and is one of the country's oldest. It is also one of the South Island's largest clubs.

North End was the first Otago club to open its doors to school rowing in 1952 and it continues to provide a home base for the region's schools.

The club's website states it has produced 31 New Zealand representatives and none have been more successful than Bond, who teamed up with Eric Murray to win gold in the men's pair at the London and Rio Olympics.

Strachan, a life member, joined North End in 1946 and quickly became involved on the committee. He served as club captain from 1950 to 1954 and again from 1963 to 1965. He was president from 1961 to 1962.

He was a national selector from 1964 to 1988, and served as vice-president of the New Zealand Rowing Association twice and as president from 1985 to 1990.

The long-serving coach and administrator has collected many awards but the most significant were the Queen's Service Medal in 1991 and the Halberg Award for lifetime achievement in 2005.

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