Eric Verdonk carried on the grand tradition of New Zealand single scullers. New Zealand produced world champions Billy Webb, Dick Arnst and Darcy Hadfield in the early years of the 20th century.

Later Murray Watkinson became a much-respected single sculler. In more recent times, Philippa Baker, Brenda Lawson, Rob Waddell, Mahe Drysdale, Sonia Scown (Waddell), Duncan Grant and Emma Twigg have all been world-class single scullers.

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