West End Rowing Club (WERC) is pleased to announce and extend a warm welcome to our newest member of the full-time coaching staff, Robbie Manson.
As a world record holder, two-time Olympian and both under-23 and senior world championship medallist, Robbie joins the club squad coaching staff for the 2021/2022 season.
“I’m excited to join the team at WERC and look forward to helping develop some of New Zealand’s talented young rowers who are adding to the proud history of the West End Rowing Club. This will be a rewarding way to stay involved with rowing and give back to the sport that has given me so much over the years.”~Robbie Manson
Robbie has successfully navigated New Zealand’s high performance system starting with back to back appearances at the 2009 & 2010 Under-23 World Rowing Championships including a gold medal in 2009. Robbie’s senior national team debut came in 2010 on New Zealand’s home course Lake Karapiro. From there he competed at the World Championships every year until 2019 and earned a bronze medal in 2015. Robbie has also competed in eighteen World Rowing Cups earning nine medals (eight gold, one silver). In 2017 at the World Rowing Cup II Robbie achieved the world best time for the Men’s 1x in 6:30.74. Robbie also competed at rowing’s highest level at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
“World’s fastest sculler says it all…Robbie brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience at the sport’s highest level. It is fantastic to have him working with our team this year and will provide a great learning opportunity to our club’s rowers,” says WERC Rowing Manager & Head Coach Nick Dawe.
The club rowing season begins in September this year and supports young adults with a focus on racing at the New Zealand National Championships. The New Zealand high performance pathway utilises the club system to allow aspiring rowers to develop towards New Zealand’s national team.
“Robbie will help our team achieve their goals at nationals this year and with the new high performance pathway system, Robbie’s 10 plus years experience in NZ high performance rowing will guide our club’s top talent. It is WERC’s goal to provide our athlete’s with top professional coaching to help make, not only our club, but the Auckland region, the strongest and most appealing place to row in the country,” says WERC Club Captain David Vallance.
Welcome to Auckland and welcome to West End Rowing Club Robbie!
Ake Ake Kia Kaha!