Thursday throwback - New Zealand mens' eight 1983

00:27, Jan 24 2013
New Zealand mens' eight 1983
New Zealand mens' eight 1983

With Cambridge lad and former world champion rower Paul Gerritsen busy rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in a world record attempt we decided to look back at some of our former rowing champions and came across the gem of a photo.

It is, would you believe, the New Zealand mens' rowing eight of 1983 out training on Lake Karapiro.

Coached by Melville High School teacher Harry Mahon, the men certainly have a much more rugged, just-down-from-the-mountain look than today's finely tuned and sleek athletes.

We bet this lot didn't have a sponsorship deal between them, but in 1983 they were still preparing to fly to Europe to defend their world title.

The eight of Dave Rodger, Herbie Stevenson, Chris White, Greg Johnson, Conrad Robertson, Ross Lindstrom, Mike Stanley, Roger White-Parsons and coxswain Tony Russell  were averaging about 240km a week up and down Lake Karapiro for their training.

Mahon rated it as his best crew since 1978.