New Zealand at the 1932 Summer Olympics

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New Zealand at the
1932 Summer Olympics
Flag of New Zealand.svg
IOC code NZL
NOC New Zealand Olympic Committee
in Los Angeles
Competitors 21 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Jack Macdonald (rower)
Ranked 22nd
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 1 0 1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Australasia (1908 · 1912)

New Zealand competed at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States. The team of 21 was New Zealand's largest to date and comprised 11 rowers, six athletes, three boxers, and one cyclist. The officials were manager Philip Rundle[1] of Dunedin,[2] boxing and athletic coach W. J. Heenan, and rowing coach Clarrie Healey.[3]

An innovation was the daily one-hour radio report on the Olympics for New Zealand and Australia by the film actress from New Zealand, Nola Luxford.


Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Silver Bob Stiles
Rangi Thompson
Rowing Men's coxless pair 13 August

Results and competitors by event[edit]





1932 Summer Olympics New Zealand rowers

In 1932, seven rowing competitions were held, and New Zealand entered three boats: a coxless pair, a coxed four, and a coxed eight.[4] The competition was for men only; women would first row at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[5]

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Bob Stiles
Rangi Thompson
Coxless pair 7:50.2 2 R 8:11.4 2 Q 8:02.4 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Noel Pope
Somers Cox
Charles Saunders
John Solomon
Delmont Gullery (cox)
Coxed four 7:19.6 3 R 7:38.2 1 Q 7:32.4 4
George Cooke
Bert Sandos
Bob Stiles
Jack Macdonald
Lawrence Jackson
Rangi Thompson
Charles Saunders
John Solomon
Delmont Gullery (cox)
Eight 6:38.2 4 R 6:52.2 2 Did not advance


  1. ^ "Obituary". The Evening Post. CXXXII (126). 24 November 1941. p. 8. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Olympic Games Team". The New Zealand Herald. LXIX (21172). 3 May 1932. p. 6. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Clarrie Healey". Whanganui District Council. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand Rowing at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rowing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 September 2016.