Jamie Hunter retires after wining bronze for NZL at WRChamps
New Zealand rower, Jamie Hunter a multiple world championship medal-winner has surprisingly retired from rowing.
The 25-year-old, who rowed for Wellington Rowing Club, announced his retirement via his Facebook page after recently winning bronze in the men’s pair with crewmate Tom Murray at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota. Hunter and Murray replaced the unbeaten dual Olympic gold medal-winners, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, with Hunter making the switch from lightweight rowing. He won silver at 2 World Championships for New Zealand but didn’t medal at the Rio Olympics.
Hunters Facebook Post
So I’ve decided it’s about time to listen to my prematurely ageing body and retire from rowing.
Personally, I guess the last season has been about redemption after a disappointing result in Rio and not wanting to leave the sport bitter and honestly, just gutted after doing such tidy work in that boat class over the cycle. That said, I’m pretty damn proud of what Tom and I achieved this year, in particular how we dealt with challenge after challenge while still managing to return results representative of the work we have put in over the years. Mentally I’m definitely ready for a change and excited for what’s next, the first two weeks on the outside have been exceptional as you can see. I can’t wait to leave the Waikato! I’m not going to miss the TSS onslaught and the “your body will adapt” calls . . . . . (it still hasn’t adapted??). That said I’m going to miss the gang a lot, the team culture was on point this year and some changes have been made which I think will bear fruit on podiums to come. But for now, a two year wait till masters rowing begins. Bye Guys!