We have a proud history in the sport boasting a number of World and Olympic champions and many more medalists at age group and elite world level. This year, CRC was  represented at the London games by Matthew Trott and Eve MacFarlane in the Men's and Women’s Quadruple sculls respectively. 


Athlete Profile: Matthew Trott

One of the longest serving members of the senior squad, 2012 will mark the first time that Matthew has competed in the Olympic regatta following his role as the team reserve in Beijing, 2008. He rowed in 2007 in the heavyweight double scull with Nathan Cohen, qualifying for the Olympics with fifth place in the 2007 World Championship final in Munich, but was usurped from the boat after trials by 2000 Olympic single sculling champion Rob Waddell.

He moved back into the double scull in 2009, competing in the World Cup regattas, winning the Henley Royal Regatta and taking fourth place in the Rowing World Championships in Poznan. He moved to the men’s quadruple scull for the World Championships in 2010 and has remained in the boat under the guidance of coach Mike Rodger ever since.

In 2011 the boat finished six in Lucerne and a close, but disappointing tenth, in the world championship final in Bled, still enough to qualify it for the Olympic Games where the crew hope to be much closer to the pace.

Matthew is a multiple title holder in New Zealand domestic rowing having won titles in crew sculling and rowing in recent years. He is known as a ‘crew maker’ and adds technically to every boat in which he rows.

Height:                          190cm

Date of Birth:                26/04/1980

Place of Birth:               Ashburton

Started Rowing:            1992

Coach:                          Mike Rodger

Club:                            Canterbury Rowing Club

Events:                         Men’s Quadruple Scull

Results:                        Rowing World Championships 2011 – 10th


Athlete Profile: Eve Macfarlane

Eve has enjoyed a short, but ultra successful rowing career to date. She first represented New Zealand in the Junior women’s eight in 2009 securing a silver medal, before going on in 2010 to win the Junior world title in the straight four.  She was promoted to the women’s quadruple scull in 2011 coached by Richard Tonks and secured a third place finish at the World Cup regatta in Hamburg before taking a bronze medal at the world rowing championships in Bled, securing Olympic qualification. She also competed in the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 in Singapore, finishing in seventh place.

At just 19 years of age when the regatta takes place, Eve will be one of the youngest members of the New Zealand Olympic team, and one of the youngest competitors in the Olympic regatta. She is the youngest member of the New Zealand Rowing Team.

Height:                          183cm

Date of Birth:               27/09/1992

Place of Birth:              Rangiora

Started Rowing:         2009

Coach:                          Richard Tonks

Club:                            Canterbury Rowing Club

Events:                         Women’s Quadruple Scull

Results:                        World Championship 2011 - Bronze