Robbie Manson

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Robbie Manson
Personal information
Birth nameRobert Manson
Born11 October 1989 (1989-10-11) (age 30)
Height189 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight87 kg (192 lb)[1]

Robert "Robbie" Manson (born 11 October 1989) is a New Zealand rower.

Manson was born in 1989.[1] He is from a family of rowers, with his father Greg the singles lightweight national champion in 1985, and his brother Karl also competing internationally.[2]

He won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.[3] At the 2017 New Zealand rowing nationals at Lake Ruataniwha, he partnered with Chris Harris in the men's double sculls and they became national champions.[4] Manson also became single sculls national champion, aided by the absence of both Mahé Drysdale and Hamish Bond.[2][2]

In 2014, Manson came out as gay being one of the first LGBT persons in rowing from New Zealand.[5]

In 2017, Manson won the men's single sculls at the World Rowing Cup II in Poznań, Poland, setting a new world best time of 6:30.74,[6] beating Mahé Drysdale's record by 3 seconds.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Robert Manson". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Piddington, Stu (18 February 2017). "McBride joins special club at rowing nationals". The Press. p. B7. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ Jones, Peter (7 September 2015). "Manson, Harris claim bronze medal". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Dunham stakes claim at nationals". The Press. 18 February 2017. p. D4. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  5. ^ Hinton, Marc (24 April 2017). "Olympic rower Robbie Manson: It's all right to be gay". Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  6. ^ "(M1x) Men's Single Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Another new World Best Time! Men's Single: 6.30.74 - three seconds off Mahe's time. Wow. #WRCPoznan". Twitter. International Rowing Federation. 18 June 2017.