COVID-19 Level 1 Update

Under Alert Level 1, the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame is now OPEN. Our hours are 10am to 3pm (Wednesdays to Sundays). We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (open by appointment only on these days).
Eight, 1982
Inducted in 1995
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.
Sporting Category:
  • Rowing
In the heats, the eight, coached by Harry Mahon and managed by Olympic gold medalist Dudley Storey, beat the defending world champions, the Soviet Union.

The Soviets got through the repechage to make the final and they and the powerful East Germans were regarded as the biggest threats. But the New Zealanders, stroking confidently, put in a mid-race burst that took them to the front and they held on to win by a length.

Seven of the eight retained the world title the following year.

The crew was:
  • Mike Stanley
  • Andrew Stevenson
  • Dave Rodger
  • Roger White-Parsons
  • Chris White
  • Les O’Connell
  • George Keys
  • Tony Brook
  • Andy Hay (coxswain)

Sporting Spotlight

Peter Blake

(1948 - 2001)

From the time in 1971 when Peter Blake won the line honours in the inaugural Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro race, a year hardly went by without him adding to his sailing honours board.
Our Sponsors
New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
Railway Station
Anzac Avenue
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand
Close menu

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with stylesheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. The latest version of Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer will work best if you're after a new browser.