Bond and Murray talk property in Q’town
Back-to-back Olympic rowing champions Hamish Bond and Eric Murray had some words of wisdom for property business types in Queenstown.
The golden pair and world record holders addressed about 200 people at the Property Council New Zealand national conference held at Skyline Queenstown on Friday morning.
Following a scenic ride up the gondola to the top of Ben Lomond, the Rio men’s coxless pair winners gave some sporting advice that tied in well with business and provided inspiration.
Bond pinpointed preparation, hard work and choices as key philosophies behind their achievements.
‘‘It’s about knowing what you’re capable of. It’s about gauging your efforts,’’ he said.
‘‘I love challenge. That’s what gets me up in the morning.’’
Working together and finding a common goal, which was winning, was another key factor in their success, Murray said.
‘‘By using both our strengths and our abilities together, we just found something that worked really well.’’
Of success in business and sport, ‘‘everybody seems to work as hard as each other’’, he said.
‘‘I think that intensity is one of those key factors as to why we’re so successful.’’
Bond and Murray have been unbeaten since teaming up over the summer of 2008/09. They have won 69 successive races at elite level in the men’s coxless pair, with their record in that boat featuring two Olympic golds, six world championships and 16 World Cup triumphs.
With the Rio gold, the pair matched the New Zealand record previously held by Georgina and Caroline EversSwindell who claimed back-toback golds in 2008.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce followed the Olympic champions with an address about the state of New Zealand’s economy, saying the growth over the past two years had been positive.
Despite oil and dairy ‘‘going back’’, exports were up from $67 billion to $71b over the past two years, he said.
‘‘That’s a massive change in the New Zealand economy.’’
Joyce told the audience that unemployment was down and 15% more jobs had been created since 2009.
‘‘That’s good for our young people,’’ he said.
The three-day event finished on Friday.
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray pose after winning the gold medal at the Rio Olympics.