The Athletes

Mahé Drysdale

Mahe

DOB:
19th Nov 1978
Birth Place:
Melbourne, Australia
Place of Residence:
Cambridge, New Zealand
Height:
201cm
Rowing Club:
West End Rowing Club, New Zealand
Started rowing:
1997
Coach:
Dick Tonks
Olympic Record:
Rio 2016: M1x - Gold, London 2012: M1x - Gold, Beijing 2008: M1x - Bronze
World Championship Record:
1st in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 2nd in 2014, 2015
Other International Successes:
1st Henley Diamond Sculls: 2010, 2009, 2006 1st Koninklijke Holland Beker:2012, 2011

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Mahé Drysdale is the current NZME Billy Webb Challenge champion, having won on the Whanganui River in 2015 and is a previous 4 time winner of the Billy Webb Challenge Event. He is the current Olympic Champion in the Mens Single Scull and a five times World Champion.

Mahé first started rowing as a novice when he attended the Uni Games with the University of Auckland in 1997. He began rowing seriously in 2000 after watching Rob Waddell win gold at the Sydney Olympic Games and thought 'if he can do it, why can't I?'. He gained an invitation to trial for the NZ team in 2001 after the selectors noted his erg score and size. He was selected into a development eight, his first NZ crew. Mahé was part of the Elite Coxless Four for the 2003 World Championships and the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. He won his first World Championship title in the Single Sculls in Gifu, Japan in 2005. Mahé is a five-time World Champion, having taken the title in an unprecedented three times in succession in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and then again in 2009 and 2011. Mahé also holds the World Best Time in the Men's Single Sculls - he gained the time of 6:33.35 at 2009 World Rowing Championships. Mahé was the flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won the bronze medal that year in the Single Sculls. In 2012 he went on to win gold at the London Olympic Games. At Rio in 2016, he won Gold agina in the Single Sculls against Damir Martin in the "closest race in Olympic History". Mahé married Juliette Haigh (a former NZ rower and Olympic Bronze medallist), they have a daughter, Bronté.



Damir Martin

DOB:
14 Jul 1988
Birth Place:
Vukovar, Croatia
Place of Residence:
Zagreb, Croatia
Height:
187cm
Rowing Club:
Tresnjevka VK
Started rowing:
1999
Coach:

Olympic Record:
2016 Rio M1x - Silver, 2012 London M4x - Silver
World Championship Record:
2013 M4x - 1st, 2011 M4x - 3rd, 2010 M4x - 1st
Other International Successes:
2010 U23 WRC BM4x - 1st, 2009 U23 WRC BM4x - 1st, 2006 Juniors JM2x - 2nd

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Rowing since he was 12 years old, Martin made his first national team as a 17-year-old junior and he's been on the Croatian team ever since. In 2009 at the second World Rowing Cup in Munich, after just two weeks of training together, he won in the Croatian quad against current World and Olympic Champions, Poland. At the 2010 World Rowing Championship on Lake Karapiro, he won his first World championship in the Croatian M4x. He won his first Olympic Silver medal at the 2010 London Olympics in the Croatian Mens Quad, In the most exciting race of the 2016 Rio Olympics, he just lost to Mahé Drysdale in an amazing photo finish and ahead of the multiple time world champion, and former Billy Webb Challenge winner, Ondřej Synek.  He is the current European champion.



Tim Ole Naske (Tole)

DOB:
26 Apr 1996
Birth Place:
Hamburg
Place of Residence:
Lokstedt, Hamburg, Germany
Height:
1.89m
Rowing Club:

Started rowing:

Coach:
Dirk Brockmann
Olympic Record:

World Championship Record:
2014 , 2013 1st
Other International Successes:
2016 U23 WRC - BM1x, 1st, 2015 U23 WRC - BM2x, 1st, 2014 Youth Olympic Games - JM1x, 1st, 2014 Junior WRC - JM1x, 1st, 2013 Junior WRC - JM2x, 1st

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Tim Ole Naske (Tole) was selected into the German Junior National team as a 17 year old, and won gold in the Mens Double Sculls. He has gone on to win Junior and U23 World Championships in the Mens Single and Mens Doubles. His role models are previous Billy Webb Challenge winners, Olaf Tufte and Mahé Drysdale.



Radoje Djeric

DOB:
28 Dec 1991
Birth Place:
Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Place of Residence:
Belgrade, Serbia
Height:
196cm
Rowing Club:
Partizan VK
Started rowing:
2006
Coach:

Olympic Record:

World Championship Record:

Other International Successes:
2015 World Cup I, M4-, 3rd, 2013 U23 World Rowing Champs BM2-, 3rd, 2010 World Cup I, M4-, 2nd, 2012 European Championships, M4-, 3rd

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Radoje Djeric is a member of the Serbian national rowing team, and represented Serbia in the Mens Coxless Four at the 2012 London Olympics. He has a masters degree in the Faculty of Management in Sport.



John Storey

DOB:
19 Jul 1987
Birth Place:

Place of Residence:

Height:
186cm
Rowing Club:
Avon RC
Started rowing:
2003
Coach:
Mike Rodger
Olympic Record:
Attended Rio 2016 and London 2012
World Championship Record:

Other International Successes:
2009 U23 World Championships M4+, Gold

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In 2016 John Storey competed in the men's quad at the Final Qualification regatta in Lucerne in May with the hope of qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games. The crew finished third, one place outside of qualification but late removal of the already-qualified Russian men's quad allowed entry for the New Zealanders. Despite the late call up and interrupted training the crew finished fourth in the B Final.

In 2015 John raced the quad at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette finishing 9th and just .05 outside 8th place which was required for Olympic qualification.

John returned to the elite team in 2014 after a year off after the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has featured in the men's quad from 2010 through to 2012 and again in 2014 and 2015. He first represented New Zealand at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in the men's four where they won gold.

In 2016 John Storey competed in the men's quad at the Final Qualification regatta in Lucerne in May with the hope of qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games. The crew finished third, one place outside of qualification but late removal of the already-qualified Russian men's quad allowed entry for the New Zealanders. Despite the late call up and interrupted training the crew finished fourth in the B Final.

In 2015 John raced the quad at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette finishing 9th and just .05 outside 8th place which was required for Olympic qualification.

John returned to the elite team in 2014 after a year off after the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has featured in the men's quad from 2010 through to 2012 and again in 2014 and 2015. He first represented New Zealand at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in the men's four where they won gold.



Lucy Spoors

DOB:
24 Dec 1990
Birth Place:

Place of Residence:
Cambridge, New Zealand
Height:
183cm
Rowing Club:
Canterbury RC
Started rowing:
2005
Coach:
Mike Rodger
Olympic Record:

World Championship Record:
5th in W4x 2014 World Champs
Other International Successes:
Bronze in W4x 2014 World Cup II and World Cup III

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2014 Philippa Baker-Hogan Womens Race winner Lucy Spoors first represented New Zealand at the junior world rowing championships in 2007 where she was crew in the quad, she again went to juniors in 2008 in the four which won Gold. In 2009 she made the transition to under-23s where she raced in the quad, and was again a member of this crew in 2010. In 2010 she also raced at the elite world rowing championships at Lake Karapiro in the women's four. In 2011 Lucy returned to the quad at the under-23 level, and in 2012 attained success winning bronze in the quad. In 2014 Lucy gained selection in the elite women's quadruple scull alongside Erin-Monique Shelton, Georgia Perry and Sarah Gray, this crew then went onto win bronze at the second and third world cups held in Aiguebelette, France and Lucerne, Switzerland. In 2016 she just missed qualifying the Womens Quad for the Rio Olympics at the Final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne.



Brooke Donoghue

DOB:
6 Jan 1995
Birth Place:

Place of Residence:

Height:

Rowing Club:
Mercer RC, Waikato RC
Started rowing:
2010
Coach:
Mike Rodger
Olympic Record:

World Championship Record:

Other International Successes:
2015 U23 WRC BW2x, 2nd, 2014 U23 WRC BW4x, 3rd

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In 2016 Brooke Donoghue competed in the women's quad at the Final Qualification regatta in Lucerne. The crew finished third, and missed out on qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by just three seconds. This is Brooke's first year in an elite crew and she is the youngest member of the crew at 21 years old.

After watching a friend’s sister row at some local regattas Brooke decided she would give it a go herself. Hailing from Te Kauwhata College, she was very fortunate to have 3 other girls also keen to start out as the school’s rowing programme struggles for numbers. Brooke found success early on winning medals in both U17 and U18 Single sculls at the North Island Secondary Schools champs in 2012. In 2013 Brooke rowed for the Waikato RPC and went on to place 5 th in the Junior Women’s Quad at the World Championships.

Brooke was a part of the Bronze Medal winning U23 Women’s Quad in 2014 and after a successful domestic season went on to win a silver medal at the 2015 World U23 Championships in the double sculls with Claudia Hyde.