Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond has become the latest addition to Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup campaign.
The 35-year-old, who won Olympic gold medals in the double sculls at the 2012 and 2016 Games, will join the team as a performance analyst.
Bond, who retired from rowing in 2018, said he had been looking for a new challenge and was excited to be part of the team.
“I’m really passionate about sailing and being part of Team New Zealand is a great opportunity,” he said in a statement.
“I’m really looking forward to using the skills I have developed in rowing to help the team prepare for the America’s Cup. I want to contribute in any way I can to make sure the team is ready to win the trophy.”
Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton said Bond was the perfect addition to the team.
“Hamish is an experienced and successful athlete who knows what it takes to win,” Dalton said. “His analytical skills and experience will be invaluable in helping us prepare for the upcoming America’s Cup.”
Bond said he was looking forward to being part of the team.
“I’m really excited to be part of this great group of people,” he said. “I’m sure I can bring a lot to the team, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and helping Team New Zealand succeed.”