Hamish Bond

BBS (Finance), GradDip in Financial Planning and high-performance athlete

To say Olympic gold-medallist rower Hamish Bond is competitive is an understatement. To say he’s one of this country’s shining rowing stars is another.

The hard-working sports star and business graduate is one of this country’s most successful sportspeople today. Together with rowing partner Eric Murray, he remains unbeaten since the pair teamed up in 2009 and today they dominate the New Zealand and international rowing scene, including Olympic Gold in 2012.

But despite the intense demands of the life of an elite athlete, he found time outside of his eight hours a day of training to swap his oars for books. He has been doing some full-on time management, including sitting exams in the oddest locations (hotel conference room in the capital of Slovenia anyone?). With the help of Massey’s distance learning programme he graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in finance and a Graduate Diploma in financial planning. While still taking on the best of the rowing world – and winning.

Hamish went straight out of school into the national High Performance Programme, and then went on to win his first world title in 2007. “It’s just not feasible to do something too restrictive. Studying business at Massey gives you the option to not study for a semester if you’ve got a busy sporting schedule, then simply pick it back up again. There’s a sort of synergy between sport and business studies too, with sport management a growing area.”