Three-time Olympic champion Hamish Bond joins Duke Rowing as a volunteer coach. “I’m thrilled to have Hamish Bond join our exceptional staff,” said head coach Megan Cooke. “His incredible skills as an athlete and abilities as an oarsman will be highly beneficial to our team. Hamish has established himself as a legend in modern rowing, and I look forward to having his expertise help Duke hit the next level. I can’t think of a better rower to help coach our team. Welcome to Duke!”
At Tokyo 2020 Bond secured legendary status by helping New Zealand’s men’s eight recapture the Olympic title after a 49-year wait. He became the first New Zealand man to win a gold at three consecutive Olympics. His first two were in the men’s pair with Eric Murray.
Bond’s phenomenal list of accolades include eight world titles, two world best times (in the coxed and coxless men’s pair), and an unbeaten streak of 69 international races. In 2013 Bond was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rowing, and in 2018 he was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal for his outstanding contribution to rowing.
In addition to his rowing prowess Bond was crowned New Zealand’s cycling national champion three-times and won a bronze medal in the time trial at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Duke Rowing is part of Duke University, North Carolina, and their athletes are known as the Blue Devils. The university was first founded in 1838 as Trinity College, but was renamed in 1924 and became Duke University.