Courtney Rennie : Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSOCSC)
Courtney is in her third year at the University of Waikato, studying Psychology and Business Management. In the long term, she hopes to work in the field of sports psychology. Courtney began rowing at sixteen for Bethlehem College in Tauranga, winning a 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 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. This 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. This Winter Courtney is working toward making NZ U23 team in the Lightwight Women's Double Sculls. In the future, Courtney aspires to represent her country in the Women's Lightweight Double Scull, at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- 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 :)