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Dick Arnst was a well-known successful cyclist early this century but it was in his second sporting career, as a single sculler, that he became nationally and internationally known.
Individually and together, Philippa Baker-Hogan and Brenda Lawson were world leaders in rowing in the early 1990s. Between them, they won 47 national premier titles and Baker-Hogan became the first female New Zealander to win a world title when she won the lightweight single sculls in 1991.
They were, according to coach Rusty Robertson, the funniest crew you ever saw when they first got together for training at Kerr’s Reach on the Avon in Christchurch.
The success of the New Zealand rowing eight at the Munich Olympics in 1972, the same eight that had won the European championship the year before, was one of those wins that seem to transcend sport.
New Zealand has had golden moments in world rowing and 1982 was one of them when the eight won the world title on the lake at Lucerne in Switzerland.
The third of the single sculling elite New Zealand was able to boast before and after World War I, Hadfield could also claim an Olympic medal.
In word association tests, people could think of a sport and think automatically of a coach, as if the two were one and the same.
Don Rowlands had at least two careers in the sport he graced: one as a top-level competitor and the other as an administrator and organiser without peer.
Webb was the first of a long line of great New Zealand oarsmen.