25 Jul 2017

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Rowing champ Oliver Maclean (Selwyn, 2012-2016) picked up gold on Sunday 23 July at the Under 23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. 



The Old Collegian and his three crew members fought till the finish in what was a spectacular performance in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls, resulting in a 0.22 of a second win over Russia.

Oliver reports that the race was incredibly hard with the result justifying the gruelling hours of preparation on and off the water.

“We thought we were second, then not entirely sure of the result until it came up on the big screen and the crew went crazy,” says Oliver.  

Oliver’s mother, Vikki Maclean found the experience surreal and the win has yet to completely sink in.

“We are extremely proud of all the athletes and amazed Ollie has achieved this at such a young age,” she says.

Oliver says rowing has taken him on an amazing journey with tremendous highs and lows, all due to the help he has had from the College, the coaches and Rowing NZ. 

The five day competition drew to a close yesterday with the Men’s Quadruple Sculls one of the last races to wrap up the event.