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RowingChat Live Podcast with Toby Cunliffe-Steel

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Toby Cunliffe-Steel

Toby is currently one of the Lightweight Rowers in the New Zealand Rowing Team. Starting his rowing journey in 2006 Toby has been racing with the New Zealand silver fern on his chest since 2009. That first year he was selected for the NZ U21 rowing team on his birthday and went on to win a silver and bronze across the 3 events he raced at the Youth Cup, a Trans-Tasman event. The following two years he returned to take a clean sweep in all 3 events. In 2012 he represented NZ for the first time at U23 level in the Lightweight Four before being selected in the double from 2013 through to today. In that time he raced at both U23 and University world championships until this year he stepped up to senior level to try and qualify the Lightweight Double for the Rio Olympics.

Toby has had had his fair share of adversity having broken his wrist in a cycling accident in 2013 and been dropped from the High Performance program in 2014. The most significant challenge though would be his fight with cancer after being diagnosed with a brain tumour just after his 15 birthday. Toby credits these challenges to his success to date as he says he highly doubts he would be where he is where hes is today without those experiences and the lessons he learnt from them.

Despite the disappointment of just missing out on qualifying for Rio Toby is determined to continue his rowing journey and is now looking towards Tokyo with great determination.”

Two lucky winners get a signed Small Men's Rowing New Zealand Polo and Small Women's Rowing New Zealand Rowsuit, donated by Rowing New Zealand.

Register yourself here for the draw

UK (GMT) –July 11th 8:00 PM
USA/Canada (PST) – July 11th 12 Noon
USA/Canada (EST) – July 11th 3:00 PM
NZ (NZST) – July 12th 7:00 AM
Australia (AEST) – July 12th 5:00 AM

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