Don Cowie had a long and successful career in sailing, including competing at three Olympic Games and in several America’s Cup campaigns.
Don Oliver and Les Mills were friends, training companions and sports rivals for years. Later they became business rivals, but their friendship remained as strong as ever.
Mills, who won several Commonwealth Games shot and discus gold medals, was the founder of the immensely successful Les Mills World of Fitness gyms.
Don Rowlands won nine national rowing titles and an Empire Games gold medal in single sculls, but made an even bigger impact with his work as a sports administrator. He was the mastermind behind the 1978 world rowing championships at Lake Karapiro, and patron of the world championships when they returned to that venue in 2010.
Symon won a bronze medal with the New Zealand coxed four at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and a silver medal in the coxless four at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. He also won a bronze with the New Zealand eight at Edinburgh.
The Christchurch rower won a national coxless fours title for the Avon club in 1986.
Mahe Drysdale put the fullstop on a magnificent career by winning the single sculls at the 2012 London Olympics.
With five world titles plus an Olympic bronze, the 1.99m Drysdale was already a giant of his sport, literally and figuratively. All he needed was to complete the unfinished business of winning an Olympic gold medal. He did that emphatically in 2012.
Coach: Brent Ward
Club: Hill City