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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Norman Read

(1931 - 1994)

For older New Zealanders, the lasting image of the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 is of the smiling face of Norman Read as he strode into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win the 50km walk, one of two gold medals won by New Zealanders in Melbourne.
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