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New Zealand Winners of 2022 Anzac Day Indoor Rowing Challenge

For the second consecutive year, New Zealand was awarded the Colgan Cup at the conclusion of the 2022 Anzac Day Indoor Rowing Challenge.

The friendly competition between Australia and New Zealand is held annually on Anzac Day to recognise the service and sacrifice of our veterans and those who remain in active duty.

The challenge is free to join with participants also encouraged to donate to their respective country’s Anzac Day Appeal. Proud supporter of the Challenge, the Colgan Foundation also makes a generous $5000 donation, split between the respective country’s charities. The Colgan Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation founded by Sean P. Colgan to benefit athletic, scientific, environmental, and education communities.

The name of the game is simple – between dawn and dusk, participants row 2504 metres once, or as many times as possible, on their indoor rowing machines before logging results on the Rowing Australia website.

New Zealand was declared the winner as its nation’s participants recorded the greatest number of metres rowed per person. 2504 metres was selected as it represents the date on which Anzac Day is held.

All up, there were 173 participants across the Tasman who rowed a collective 1,743,179 metres, which is an impressive 28,382 metres per person.

Results as follows:

  • New Zealand – 26 participants rowed a total of 521,920 metres (20,074 metres per person)
  • Australia – 147 participants rowed a total distance of 1,221,259 metres (8,308 metres per person).

Team No Barriers was involved again this year logging meters for Australia. A team of male detainees, staff and volunteers rowed 72 x 2504m a total to accumulate 180,288 meters between 1.30pm and 4.30pm AEST.

The commitment to thanking past and current servicemen and women through this challenge by the men was truly exceptional – two participants completed 10 x 2504m pieces each. Many expressed their surprise and thanks that they could compete in a community event from prison for such an important reason.

Ryan Gass from Auckland Rowing Club posted a staggering 40x2504m, for a total of 100,160m.

“My mum and I always attended the dawn service together, as she always said it was important to remember those who sacrificed so much so that we may live in the world we do today. I did the ANZAC Day erg last year, and afterwards I made the promise to complete just over 100km, or 40×2504, for this year’s erg, doubling last year’s distance. I did this out of respect for those who came before, those who gave so much for the future they would not see.”

Congratulations and thank-you to all who participated to honour our Anzac brothers and sisters – past and present.