Grace Watson | Sport

Grace Watson | Sport

I hail from Te Whakatohea, Opotiki. I grew up under the Bay of Plenty sunshine and the Waiotahi coast salt air. My parents Lynette Black and Warren Watson, my three younger sisters Ellis, Rebeka, Victoria and I live happily on my mums family dairy farm, Te Ranginui.
At the age of fifteen I broke away from my parents and started boarding school at St Pauls Collegiate, my second home. Although living four hours away from home means I didn’t get to see my family often especially during the rowing season I absolutely loved being independent and un reliant on my parents. I particularly relish the closer relationship I have established with my younger sisters after moving away.
After graduating from secondary school I decided to continue my pathway in rowing and since then have moved into a flat in Cambridge, Leamington. Although boarding school taught me a lot about independence what I was faced with as I stepped into the deadly wide world of adulthood I did not see coming. After an adjusting period I have learnt so much already and have only thrived in this environment. I love it.

I am currently training with the Waikato Regional Rowing Performance Centre. Earlier this year I represented New Zealand in the U23 team competing in Sarasota, Florida and placing 8th in the Coxless Womens four event. A disappointing yet big learning curve for me.

Outside of rowing I love exploring untouched parts of our country with family and friends, food and coffee and being at home on the farm surrounded by fresh air and animals.


Posted on

February 26, 2020