Cham­pi­ons help out fel­low rower

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By JEREMY SMITH

An idea that was a lit­tle bit ‘‘out of the box’’ will see $2500 do­nated to Row­ing New Zealand adap­tive rower Danny McBride of Ti­rau.

New Zealand’s world cham­pion cox­less men’s pair, Cam­bridge row­ers Hamish Bond and Eric Mur­ray will do­nate the money to McBride af­ter they sold sev­eral items on TradeMe in an auc­tion which ended early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The items which Bond and Mur­ray – who were un­de­feated this year – sold in­cluded their Face­boat cam­paign flag, three time sheets from when they won Row­ing World Cup races in Bled, Slove­nia, Mu­nich, Ger­many and Lucerne, Switzer­land and the time sheet from their World Cham­pi­onship win­ing race at Lake Kara­piro.

Also in­cluded was Eric Mur­ray’s yel­low bib, which he re­ceived for win­ning the World Cup Se­ries for points af­ter the fi­nal round in Lucerne.

The Face­boat cam­paign of­fered busi­nesses the chance to ‘‘be in our boat’’ by hav­ing their logo or a photo on the hull of the pair’s train­ing skiff through­out this year’s row­ing sea­son. In com­pet­i­tive races they car­ried those lo­gos and pho­tos on a flag which was un­der Mur­ray’s seat.

Mur­ray said he and Bond were de­lighted to be able to sup­port the adap­tive row­ing pro­gramme and McBride in this way.

‘‘We’re not sure ex­actly what the money will go to­wards for Danny, whether its gear and equip­ment or a grant for him to get to a re­gatta.

‘‘But what­ever the money goes to­wards it’s a way we can give some­thing back to New Zealand row­ing and ev­ery lit­tle bit helps.

‘‘Also too, hope­fully it raises the pro­file of the adap­tive pro­gramme.’’

Mur­ray said McBride’s World Cham­pi­onship bronze medal was a great re­sult and they hoped the money would help McBride fur­ther him­self in the sport.

Bond and Mur­ray went back to train­ing on Mon­day and as they did, Mur­ray re­flected on the year that was.

‘‘You never go into a sea­son look­ing to be un­de­feated. I guess one of the big lessons we’ve learned in row­ing is that you never look too far ahead.

‘‘In­stead, we just take one race at a time.’’

Photo: WAIKATO TIMES

FLY­ING THE FLAG: Hamish Bond (front) and Eric Mur­ray have sold sev­eral items from their un­beaten row­ing sea­son to raise funds for adap­tive row­ing.

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