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1932 Olympics rowing team

1932 Olympics rowing team

In 1932, 11 of New Zealand's team of 21 which went to the Los Angeles Olympic Games were rowers. They are shown here in Wellington before leaving. The eight was the first to compete for New Zealand in the Olympics. The crew included, fifth from left, John (Hoani) MacDonald, of Rangitāne descent, who was the flag bearer at the games. The coxless pair of Fred Thompson and Cyril Stiles won a silver, but the eight missed out on the final by finishing second in their repêchage (a race in which losing participants in the heats compete for a place in the final).

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David Green, 'Rowing - International rowing, 1920s to 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 19 Sep 2016