The Aucklander was selected in the coxed four for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, but never competed because of the American-led boycott that year. However, at Los Angeles in 1984 he won an Olympic bronze medal in the coxed four and at Edinburgh in 1986 he won a Commonwealth Games silver medal with Ian Wright in the coxless pairs. Mabbott also picked up a bronze medal with the New Zealand eight in Edinburgh. He was a member of the New Zealand eight that won the world title at Duisburg in 1983.

Mabbott, married to Gillian, was formerly a partner in a crane and construction hire business.

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