Olympic gold medallist Mahe Drysdale drew plenty of attention in Matakana when he was guest speaker at a real estate conference last week.
The champion rower mixed and mingled and posed for photographs with his gold medal, before speaking about his rowing career to senior personnel from the Bayleys Real Estate network.
The event was held at the newly refurbished Matakana Country Pub.
"All the locals were looking sideways at him - especially when he pulled the gold medal out and was posing for pix," Bayleys spokesman Scott Cordes says.
Drysdale outlined the dedication and commitment which was required to get to the top of his sport from an early age, and talked with courage and inspiration about the injuries he conquered to achieve Olympic and world championship victories.
A total of 53 owners of Bayleys offices throughout New Zealand spent two days in Matakana for their annual business planning conference.
The owners were developing growth and marketing initiatives for the company across all property sectors, including residential, commercial and industrial, and rural.
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