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