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New Zealand Rowing Team 1995

Gisborne rowing has produced 2 world class rowers who have represented N Z at the World Rowing Championships. They were among 700 rowers who converged on Poznan in Poland to compete in the Junior World Championships. For Stacey Worsnop and Eon Wallace it was the culmination of many months of training involving coaches, parents and team-mates who encouraged them to keep focused on their goal - a chance to represent New Zealand.


Stacey (right) was asked by her friends to fill a team but it was her cousin Jane Worsnop who convinced her to join the Lytton Team in a Coxed Quad. This was just 3 seasons ago. Stacey filled in as bow rower for a sick friend in a Girls High coxed 4 for Club Regattas. When the friend decided not to return to rowing Stacey decided to change schools from Lytton High to Girls' High in order to keep the successful team together. This was not a big trauma as it led to the team going on to become the Secondary Schools North Island Champions. 17 year old Stacey and the U/19 N Z Ladies coxed 4 rowed their way into 5th place in the World Champs, 1 second behind Canada (4th), Great Britain (3rd), Romania (2nd) & Germany (1st)


Eon Wallace, an 18 yr old Gisborne Boys High Prefect has put in many miles of training since Form 3 when he began rowing in in a coxed 4. Later he switched to a single boat, rowing in doubles at regattas to keep busy. This led to his representing New Zealand, with Sam Brown from Wellington, in the Junior Mens Doubles. They are now ranked 20th in the World.