NZ Rower Heads Overseas26.07.2018
Darfield’s local Dentist David Rumble will be absent from his practise shortly to accompany son Zack to the Czech Republic. But when they depart on August 3rd it’s not just a holiday, it’s so Zack can represent New Zealand in the Junior Men’s Quadruple Sculls.
Zack, who rowed four seasons for St Andrew’s College, was instrumental in the School’s 2017 win of the Maadi Cup. He also featured in the winning Springbok 4, and took a bronze in the coxless pairs.
Last season Zack rowed for the Regional Performance Centre in Christchurch and competed at Nationals as a school leaver. Being under eighteen meant that in May 2018 Zack was eligible to trial for New Zealand Juniors. He achieved a New Zealand Junior trial as a sculler and won a seat in the New Zealand Junior Quad. Zack changed from rowing to sculling when Rowing New Zealand asked him to widen his skills before trialling, he had never sculled competitively before December 2017. Zack found his way very quickly with sculling and only had two and a half months training under his belt before placing fourth in the New Zealand U20 Finals at Nationals – as a seventeen year old.
Zack was a keen rugby player and a representative, Canterbury Country and Metro team player until 2017 when he decided to go completely with rowing and realise his dream to represent New Zealand. He is extremely grateful for the support he has had leading up to this New Zealand selection and departure.
“Zack loves training, competing and working in a team environment,” his father David explained.
As part of this current campaign the team were required to relocate to Cambridge where they have been training on Lake Karapiro and living together as a squad.
Zack commented, “the environment has been competitive and challenging, but above all extremely exciting.” This has been a great opportunity for Zack to challenge himself and place New Zealand on top of the world in the Quad Sculls. Best of luck to all involved, The News wishes you all the best and looks forward to hearing how everything goes.