Famous New Zealanders

Mahe Drysdale

  • Alexander Mahe Owens Drysdale was born 19 November 1978 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • New Zealand rower and four-time World Champion single sculler.
  • Attended Tauranga Boys’ College, but started rowing at University at age 18.
  • First competed at World Cup level in 2002 with the New Zealand coxless four. At the 2004 Olympic Games the New Zealand coxless four finished fifth.
  • Switched to single scull and won the 2005 World Championships in Gifu, Japan.
  • Successfully defended his title in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Drysdale beat his own single scull world record at the 2009 World Rowing Championships with a time of 6:33:35.
  • Was selected to be New Zealand’s Olympic heavyweight sculler on March 7 2008. Carried the flag for New Zealand in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. Won the bronze medal in the scull event, his performance hindered by a severe gastrointestinal infection.
  • Awarded the 2006 Supreme Halberg Award, the Auckland University Alumnus of the Year Award in 2007 and became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for his services to rowing.
  • Height: 201cm
  • Weight: 99Kg

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