George Bridgewater made his rowing reputation in tandem with Nathan Twaddle.
Between them the pair competed at two Olympics, finishing fourth in the coxless pair at Athens in 2004, and then going one better by securing the bronze medal at Beijing in 2008.
In addition, they won a world title in Gifu in 2005, and world championship silvers at Eton in 2006 and Munich in 2007.
Bridgewater began rowing while at Wellington College in 1999, and made the New Zealand junior rowing team in 2001.
Immediately after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bridgewater matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford. He was in the winning crew in the 155th University Boat Race, on March 29, 2009, rowing at No 7. While at Oxford, Bridgewater stroked the Oriel College First Eight in Summer Eights.
He was only the second New Zealander (the first was in 1934) to gain an Oxford Blue and earn row in the University Boat Race and the first New Zealander to be part of the winning team.
In 2009, Bridgewater graduated from the University of Oxford with an MBA (distinction). He was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2009 New Year honours list.