Old Girl Ruby Tew had us glued to our television screens when she represented New Zealand in rowing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Ruby qualified for the Olympics in 2015 after winning a silver medal in the Women’s Eight at the World Rowing Championships in France.
Ruby and her team were the first Women’s Eight to qualify for the Olympics in New Zealand rowing history.
“I was very very excited and proud to be selected to compete at the Olympics,” Ruby says.
Preparations began in October 2015 for the Rio Olympics with training sixteen times a week.
“We spent the three months leading up to the Olympics in Europe so I got to live in Slovenia Poland and Switzerland last year,” Ruby says.
“We won a gold medal in June at the World Cup in Poland.”
Two months later, all eyes were on Ruby and her crew as they competed against the rest of the world’s top rowers at the Rio Olympics.
Ruby’s team came fourth, narrowly missing a medal placing but nonetheless, coming home with a tremendous result.
“I learnt a lot about team work and the pressure of the Olympics and how to handle it. Also how cool it is to have so many supporters back at home,” Ruby says.
“We are looking forward to Tokyo.”
Ruby’s love affair with rowing began in her QMC years (2008 – 2011).
“In 2008 I got involved with rowing because I was new to Queen Margaret College and wanted to make new friends,” Ruby explains.
She took part in competitions and regattas, including the Maadi Cup, where she won a bronze medal in the U16 Double with Meg Taylor-Smith.
“I love the hard work and satisfaction you get out of training twenty-five hours a week. I also love all the friends I have made from rowing,” Ruby says.
In addition to rowing, Ruby is completing tertiary study, hoping to graduate in November 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Studies in Finance.