Olympian and marathon rowing champion Rob Hamill has been a New Zealand International rowing representative for 16 years. Rob's numerous rowing achievements include World Champs silver, Commonwealth gold and a world record on the indoor rowing machine.
Rob represented New Zealand at the Atlanta Olympic Games and published 'The Naked Rower' on how he and Phil Stubbs captured headlines around the world winning the grueling and inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race in 41 days. He then led teams to successful defenses in the next two editions making it a 3-peat of victories for New Zealand.
He is co-organiser of 'The Great Race' an annual rowing 8s clash between Waikato and visitng universities Cambridge/Oxford/Harvard/Washington on the Waikato River.
Rob was recently the narrator-protagonist of the award winning documentary Brother Number One, which recounts the story of his return to Cambodia to retrace the steps of his brother Kerry, tortured and murdered by the Khmer Rouge.
Rob's account is a powerful and inspiring message on tenacity, hope, love and the last human freedom: the power to choose your attitude and how you respond to any given situation.
Rob will inspire you to pursue your dreams whatever they may be, to take on new challenges, overcoming hardship against the odds and know that with passion anything is possible.
It doesn't hurt to be just a little bit crazy too!