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World Champion Rower


Eric Murray is a two times Olympic and eight times World Champion Rower. Eric knows there’s hard work, then there’s smarter-than-your-opposition-work. If you’re looking for someone who knows how to be the best and consistently the best, look no further. The stats don’t lie; eight years - Unbeaten.

In the space of eight years, Eric and Hamish Bond have never lost a race, amassing an incredible 71 Consecutive race victories at 24 World Rowing events. He holds every conceivable record in rowing in the Men’s Pair and also is the current holder of four World Records on the indoor Rowing machine.

Learn how to become the best and stay the best from the man who was able to outsmart the competition.

As a “fat’ kid growing up in Pukekohe, Eric took up rowing like many at school and continued the sport past his schooling days into the Club scene with the ambition to make it into a National team. On completing those first steps, Eric has gone on to be a member of the NZ Olympic Team at four consecutive Olympic Games.

It hasn’t been all plane sailing for the Eric as a disappointment at the Beijing Olympics, after being World Champions the year before in the Men’s Four, spurred him into The Kiwi Pair combination which has become a history making decision.

The journey hasn’t been without its up and downs and learning how to be successful and stay successful has been a key to the incredible legacy Eric and Hamish have left on the sport. There are not many people that left a mark on the sport of Rowing as a globally recognisable combination, feared by position all around the world.

As a family man, Eric has learnt how to juggle family life and a career in a sport which has taken him to the heights of success. It hasn’t been without its hurdles but these have been overcome by grit determination and a willingness to strive to be the best.

In 2012 Eric was awarded the NZ Order of Merit for his services to Sport and Rowing. He along with Hamish Bond have been Halberg Team of the Year winners on four occasions and taken away the Supreme Award twice.

Eric is a good-natured ‘Kiwi Bloke’ who lays it all on the table. He speaks about staying motivated, challenging yourself and being able to differentiate when to follow and when you need to be a leader.

Learning the personal attributes that he’s used in his sport will enable you to get to the top in your chosen field.



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He was very entertaining and engaging and very open. The team got a particular thrill from him bringing his gold medal along for them to hold. A nice touch. IAG
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