Eric Verdonk

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Eric Verdonk
Eric Verdonk 2009.jpg
Verdonk in 2009
Personal information
Born (1959-05-28) 28 May 1959 (age 57)
Taihape, New Zealand
Sport Rowing

Eric Verdonk (born 28 May 1959 in Taihape, New Zealand of Dutch descent) is a former New Zealand rower who won an Olympic bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul in the single sculls. Verdonk almost repeated his bronze medal effort at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona finishing a very close fourth. At the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh Verdonk also gained a bronze medal in a race won by rowing legend Steve Redgrave. His best effort at a World Rowing Championships, in 1990 in Tasmania, Australia, was third.[1]

Verdonk began rowing at Westlake Boys High School in Forrest Hill, Auckland, the same school as fellow Olympic Bronze medallist Barrie Mabbott.