James Dallinger

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James Dallinger
Medal record
Competitor for  New Zealand
Men's Rowing
World Under-23 Rowing Championships
Gold 2006 Hazelwinkel, Belgium Coxed four
World Rowing Championships
Bronze 2006 Eton, UK Coxed four
Gold 2007, Amsterdam, Netherlands Coxless four
Bronze 2007, Lucerne, Switzerland Coxless four
Gold 2007, Munich Coxless four
Gold 2008, Biarritz, France Surf Boat

James William Dallinger, (born 30 September 1985 ) is a New Zealand rower. He was a member of the World Champion under-23 coxed four in 2006, and the world champion senior coxless four in 2007. He has been selected for the New Zealand coxless four to compete at the Beijing Olympics.[1][2] James is now training with Piha Surf Rowing for the up-and-coming Nationals and to defend their title in Biarritz, France in the European Ocean Thunder in September

Early life[edit]

Dallinger was born in Hora Hora, Cambridge, New Zealand and attended St Paul's Collegiate School in nearby Hamilton.[3] He started rowing with the school club in 2000, where he was coached by three time Olympian Ian Wright (rower).

In 2002 and 2003 Dallinger was part of the U19 Eight that won the Maadi Cup - the first two wins in the school's history.[4]

International rowing[edit]

In 2006 Dallinger was selected as bowman in the New Zealand coxed four, along with Steven Cottle, Paul Gerritsen, Dane Boswell and cox Daniel Quigley. They won gold at the FISA Under 23 World Championships also setting a new World record time of 6.03 in Hazelwinkel, Belgium [5][6] and Bronze at the World Championships in Eton, UK.[7]

In 2007 he made the NZ coxless four in the number two position with fellow crew members Hamish Bond, Eric Murray and Carl Meyer under coach Chris Nillsen. The team won Gold at the 2007 World Championships in Munich, Germany [8][9] thus qualifying them for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

In 2008 competing in the international regattas didn't go so well for James and his crew, getting 6th in Lucerne, Switzerland and 5th Poznan, Poland, and a gutting 7th in the Olympics after running through the heats being one of the 8 crew with less than 0.7sec parting them.

After the Games James joined the Piha Surf Boat Rowing team bound for Biarritz, France to compete in the 2008 European Ocean Thunder series, with team mates Mark Bournville, Matt Kirk, Craig Knox, Brad Myton, Bruce O'Brien and Hayden Smith. James and the Piha boys took Gold in the final, giving them the title of the European Champions.

In December 2010 Dallinger after coaching at the Waikato Regional Rowing Performance Centre for a few months decided to get back in the boat, training paid off and after the National Rowing trials was selected again as part of the Mens Coxless Four along with 2007-08 team mate Carl Meyer and two new boys Benjamin Hammond and Chris Harris the pair both from Wanaganui. Already they have had some success in the campaign to the World Championships later on this year in Bled, Slovenia securing a 2nd at the World Rowing Cup in Hamburg, Germany.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic team revealed". Rowing NZ. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team to Beijing 2008 Announced". NZ Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  3. ^ "St. Paul's Collegiate School Gymnasium Project 2006/07". St Pauls Collegiate. Retrieved 2008-03-13. [dead link]
  4. ^ "NZSSRA - Regata results". NZSSRA. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  5. ^ "FISA Results database". FISA. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Rowing: Youngsters surge to golden day at worlds". NZ Herald. 2006-07-25. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  7. ^ "FISA results Database". Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  8. ^ "FISA Results database". Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Black Blades power to three gold medals". Archived from the original on 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-03-13.