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

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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.

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