1982 New Zealand Eight
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1982 New Zealand Eight

The 1982 New Zealand eight was a double world champion team of rowers. The team won some significant awards for its successes.


In the 1981 World Rowing Championships at Oberschleißheim outside Munich, Germany, the New Zealand eight came seventh.[1] The crew changed significantly prior to the 1982 World Rowing Championships at Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, with four of the rowers and the coxswain replaced.[2]

World championships

The team that rowed at the 1982 World Rowing Championships was made up as follows:

[2] The New Zealand team beat East Germany and the Soviet Union to second and third place, respectively.[2] The team was coached by Harry Mahon.[3]

Two of the team members were substituted for the 1983 World Rowing Championships at Wedau in Duisburg, Germany, with Brook and O'Connell replaced by Barrie Mabbott and Nigel Atherfold. The New Zealand eight defended its world title, with East Germany coming second, and Australia in third place.[4]

Many of the team went on to compete at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where there was a great expectation for them to win gold. The team came fourth in the Olympics,[5] and their preparations for, and then competition at, the Olympics was turned into a documentary.[6]


At the 1982 Halberg Awards, the New Zealand eight was crowned "Sportsman of the Year".[3] The 1982 team was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Men's Eight - Final". FISA. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Men's Eight - Final". FISA. Archived from the original on 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b "1980's [sic]". Halberg Awards. Retrieved 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Men's Eight - Final". FISA. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Men's Eight - Final". FISA. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Pieces of Eight - A Quest for Gold". New Zealand on Screen. Television New Zealand. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Eight, 1982". New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
Preceded by
Allison Roe
New Zealand Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Chris Lewis

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