Andrew Bird rose to the elite of New Zealand rowing just in time for the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, the last time rowing was held at the Commonwealth Games.

Greymouth-born Bird had moved to the Waikato and developed his skills as a cox by the time coach Richard Webster decided he was the man to guide the coxed four at the Commonwealth Games. The oarsmen – Bird, Nigel Atherfold, Chris White, Bruce Holden and Greg Johnston - won the silver medal and, even more impressively, also won the silver medal at that year’s world championships, in Nottingham, England.

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Andrew's Games History