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)

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Leonard Cuff

(1866 - 1954)

The Mr Versatile of New Zealand sport in the late 19th century, he was directly responsible for New Zealand and Australia getting in on the ground floor of the Olympic Games (even though New Zealanders didn’t compete at a Games until 1908).
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