Courtney Rennie : Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSOCSC)

Courtney Rennie


Courtney is in her fourth year at the University of Waikato, studying Psychology and Human Resource Management / Idustrial Relations. She is interested in possibly pursuing Sports Psychology after she finishes rowing and graduates. Courtney began rowing at sixteen for Bethlehem College, Tauranga, winning her first medal at the 2013 Maadi Cup - Bronze in the U18 Novice Girl's Sculls. At school, Courtney was team captain for various sports including Netball, Volleyball and Cross Country. Since then, she has rowed for Bay of Plenty Coast and Tauranga rowing clubs, winning Gold in the Women's Club Double at the 2014 National Champs and several medals in the Senior category. In 2015 Courtney made the New Zealand Under 21 Rowing team, travelling to Sydney to win Gold in the Women's Lightweight Double Sculls, Women's Quad and Women's Eight. She also represented the University in the Gallagher Great Race, winning Gold. The 2015/16 Summer season saw her rowing for Waikato Regional Performance Center. In 2016, Courtney was re-selected into the NZ U21 team, winning Gold in the Women's U21 Quad. Over the 2016/17 summer season Courtney raced in the Premier Lightweight Women's Single - placing 4th at Nationals - and also competed in the U22 Women's Quad, winning Gold with her Waikato RPC Crew. After a successful Nationals, Courtney gained an NZ Elite Rowing Trial - a great experience and opportunity to get noticed within Rowing NZ, and was then selected into the NZ U23 Rowing Team to compete in Bulgaria in July (2017), in the Womens's Lightweight Single Scull. She placed 2nd in the B Final in this event (8th overall, in the world). After a successful domestic summer season, Courtney gained a trial for the 2018 NZ Under 23 Rowing Team. Recently she has been renamed in this team for 2018, gaining the LW 1X spot again. This year, the Under 23 World Rowing Championships is held in Poland in July. Over the coming months, Courtney will be training out of the High Performance Rowing Center at Lake Karapiro, working towards medalling in this event in Poland later this year. Courtney aspires to represent her country in rowing at the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.


New Zealand Under 21 Rowing Team - 01/05/2016

Gained selection into the NZ Under 21 Rowing Team for 2016. Competed in the Women's Lightweight Double, Quad and Eight.

Competed in Trans-Tasman Series, winning Gold int he Women's Quad both in Sydeny against the Australian-side, and later again at Lake Karapiro, NZ.

New Zealand National Rowing Championships - 01/02/2017

NZ Rowing Nationals were held recently at Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel. 

I represented Waikato Regional Performance Center (WRPC) in the Women's Premier Lightweight Single Scull, the Women's Premier Quad and the Women's Under 22 Quad evewnts.

This was a successful week - I/we placed 4th in the LW Prem Single, Second in the Prem Quad and First in the U22 Quad!

NZ Elite Rowing Trial - 05/03/2017

My successful Nationals gained me a surprising invitation to trial for the NZ Eilite Rowing Team for the 2017 Campaign.

This was a huge surprise for me, as I was aiming for an Under 23 Trial!! 

At the conclusion of Nationals I returned back to Karapiro to train with the three other LW girls also trialing.

There are only two spots available for the LW Double, and (as expected) I did not make the crew this year, but will be going for the NZ Under 23 LW Doulbe.

The trial was an awesome experience and I even got a PB on my 2k erg test (time trial) - a 7:16 :)

NZ Under 23 Rowing Team - Women's Lightweight Single Scull - 13/04/2017

Travelling to Bulgaria in July, 2017, to compete in the Under 23 World Rowing Championships where I placed 8th overall (2nd in B Final) in my event.

Bronze Medal @ NZ National Rowing Champs - Lightweight Women's Single - 17/02/2018

Week-long event held at Lake Karapiro where we compete against NZ's top rowers in our events.

Selection into NZ Under 23 Rowing Team, 2018 - 08/03/2018

I was invited to trial for the NZ Under 23 Rowing Team in Febuary, after a successful summer season.

After five days of gruelling racing, erging and training I was selected again to represent NZ in the Under 23 Lightweight Women's Single.

In July we travel as a team to Poznan, Poland, to compete in the Under 23 World Rowing Championships where I want to medal in my event.

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