Sort basics and a can-do attitude
Rob Hamill, best known for winning the 1997 Atlantic Rowing Race with crew mate Phil Stubbs, lets nothing get him down. His trade mark can do attitude was again apparent when Jeremy Smith heard him speak at a Dairy Push Focus Farm Field Day in Tokoroa las
Rob Hamill has a pretty simple recipe for success – and one which has definitely worked for him.
‘‘Sometimes I think we get caught up on our big goals and we forget about doing the basics well and just looking after the next step in front of us.
‘‘I’m sure Sir Edmund Hillary came across people who were unsure if he could conquer Mt Everest. What if he had listened to the doubters?’’ he said.
Mr Hamill spoke at a Dairy Push Focus Farm Field Day on Adolph and Mary-Ann Mathis’ Tokoroa dairy farm last week.
He said no matter what you do in life you’ll always be a winner if you keep getting up when you’re knocked down.
‘‘That goes for anything you do, whether a farmer in this kind of setting or anything else.’’
Mr Hamill spoke of how he and Atlantic Rowing Race crew mate Phil Stubbs set about accomplishing their mammoth win in the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.
‘‘On race day 30 boats showed up on the start line and it was amazing, we just rowed through the fleet off the start line.’’
He admitted that facing the almost 3000 miles of ocean in front of them was a little daunting.
But he and Phil employed a specific tactic.
They decided to rotate in two-hour shifts so they could row 24 hours a day. It was a tactic that paid off. ‘‘I remember hearing from a passing vessel that we were in first ‘Kiwi Challenge, you are number one . . . ’ I was amazed.’’
Off the water Hamill has faced other tough challenges.
He was at the Cambodian trial of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Comrade Duch, former head of the Khmer Rouge’s main torture centre in Phnom Penh and the man responsible for thousands of deaths.
One of those executed was Mr Hamill’s brother Kerry.
‘‘I’ll never forget the moment we found out about his death. . . it was in the newspaper,’’ he said.
Despite difficulties in his life Mr Hamill told the farmers that ‘‘with the right attitude you will always win’’.
‘‘When you get knocked down and even if everyone is kicking you while you’re there, you win if you keep getting back up.’’
GO GETTER: Rob Hamill speaks to a captivated audience at a Dairy Push Focus Farm Field Day on Adolph and Mary-Ann Mathis’ Tokoroa dairy farm.