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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