Hamish Bond

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Hamish Bond
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Bond in 2010
Personal information
Full name Hamish Byron Bond
Born (1986-02-13) 13 February 1986 (age 31)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Sport
Sport Men's rowing
Club North End Rowing Club[1]

Hamish Byron Bond MNZM (born 13 February 1986) is a New Zealand rower and Olympic gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympic Games and at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.[2] He has won six consecutive World Rowing Championships gold medals and has set two world best times.

Career[edit]

Bond was born in Dunedin.[2] He was a member of the gold medal-winning coxless fours at the 2007 World Rowing Championships. He was a member of the men's coxless four which won the B final at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The following year, he and Eric Murray won the coxless pairs at the 2009 World Rowing Championships. Bond and Murray together won the team of the year award at the 2009 New Zealand Halberg sports awards.

Bond and Murray continued to row together in the coxless pairs and competed at the World Cup Series and at the 2010 World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand 2010. They won all 4 of these international races. They won their 2nd world title together in front of a passionate home crowd. Bond describes racing in front of a home crowd as a "once in a lifetime experience". Bond and Murray continued their undefeated streak, winning gold at the 2011 World Rowing Championships. Bond and Murray had a long running rivalry with the British pair of Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge. The British pair have won silver in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

They have also won the Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup for Men's Senior Pairs at the Henley Royal Regatta consecutively in 2009 and 2010 and then again in 2013.

At the 2012 London Olympic Games Bond and Murray took six seconds off the world record of 6:08.5 in their heat for the men's coxless pair. In the Olympic final they surged into the lead after the 500 meter mark to win the gold medal in 6:16.65 by open water. France edged Great Britain for the silver in 6:21.11 v. Great Britain's time of 6:21.77. The victory capped an undefeated streak that began when Murray and Bond began racing the pair internationally in 2009.

Honours[edit]

In 2010 Bond and Murray were nominated for team of the year at the Halberg Awards which was won by the All Whites.

Bond was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year Honours, for his services to rowing.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bond boarded at Otago Boys' High School, having joined the year after former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw left.[4][5] He graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree (major in finance) and a Graduate Diploma in financial planning.[6][7]

Outside of rowing, Bond is also a keen cyclist. In 2009, he raced at elite level in New Zealand alongside fellow Olympian Sam Bewley, competing in the six-day Tour of Southland for the Zookeepers-Cycle Surgery team.[8] The team's Heath Blackgrove won the 2009 event. Bond competed in the 2016 Tour of Southland.[9] In November 2016, he announced that he would take a break from rowing in 2017, and concentrate on cycling instead.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bond, Strachan for club's 125th". Otago Daily Times. 25 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Hamish Bond". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "New Year Honours List 2013". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "NZ wins first gold at Rio". Otago Daily Times. 11 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Bond & Murray, 2016
  6. ^ "Hamish Bond one of country's shining stars". 
  7. ^ "Olympian takes time out to graduate". massey.ac.nz. 19 April 2012. 
  8. ^ BBC News (8 June 2012). "Hamish Bond profile". BBC News. 
  9. ^ "Bond trades in boat for bike". The Press. 23 September 2016. p. B12. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Rowing pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray put golden partnership on hold". The New Zealand Herald. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Caroline & Georgina Evers-Swindell
New Zealand's Team of the Year
2009
2012
2014
With: Eric Murray
Succeeded by
All Whites
Preceded by
All Blacks
Succeeded by
All Blacks
Preceded by
All Blacks
Succeeded by
All Blacks
Preceded by
All Blacks
Halberg Awards – Supreme Award
2012
2014
With: Eric Murray
Succeeded by
Lydia Ko
Preceded by
Lydia Ko
Succeeded by
All Blacks