Author(s): Peter Bidwell
The first comprehensive historical look at New Zealand rowing, this beautiful book will be a significant record of one of our most popular and successful Olympic sports. From the unprecedented success of the men's eight at Munich, through to the high drama of Beijing, where the Evers-Swindell pair triumphed by the narrowest of margins and Mahe Drysdale displayed immense courage under daunting conditions, Peter Bidwell paints an evocative and authoritative picture of the events, personalities, athletes, coaches and administrators who have taken rowing on a roller coaster ride of success and failure over the past fifty years. In an unprecedented look at the many controversies and controversial personalities who have left their marks on a national sport that has contributed more than its share of award winners at the Annual Halberg Sports Awards, this book will appeal to the practitioner and the armchair alike. Superbly illustrated and presented in a stunning hardback format, this will be a prestigious addition to any sports library and a must for every rowing fan.
Peter Bidwell is a former sports editor of The Dominion newspaper, and an established author. With a lifelong interest in rowing and many contacts through his professional coverage of the sport he is ideally placed to write this book. Peter lives in Island Bay, near Wellington.