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Julia EDWARD

New Zealand NZL

Athlete

  • Gender
    W
  • Birthdate
    20 Feb 1991
  • Weight
    57 kg
  • University subject
    Communications
  • University attended (if)
    Massey University
  • Started Rowing in
    2003
  • University degree
    Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Clubs
    Rotorua Rowing Club

Recent results

2016 Olympic Games Regatta - Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Class Race Final Time
LW2x NZL FA Final 4 07:10.610
LW2x NZL SA/B 1 Semifinal 2 07:19.270
LW2x NZL H2 Heat 2 07:02.010

2016 World Rowing Cup III - Poznan, POL

Class Race Final Time
LW2x NZL FA Final 3 06:50.650
LW2x NZL R1 Repechage 2 07:00.530
LW2x NZL H2 Heat 5 19:59.990

Quotes from Athletes

21 May 2014 Julia Edward
For the last four years we have been building the lightweight squad in New Zealand. We have got some good girls coming through. So they keep us on our toes.
21 May 2014 Julia Edward
The last 700 metres, we went a bit too early, trying to hold them (the Denmark crew of Anne Lolk THOMSEN and Juliane RASMUSSEN) off and we couldn't hold it until the end. For quite a few years we've been trying to get New Zealand lightweight women's rowing into the medals. Hopefully we can motivate more New Zealand lightweights.
21 May 2014 Julia EDWARD
It was relaxed, comfortable. We just kept our rating low, kept it comfortable. We worked on a few things we may not have done so well in the heat.

Julia EDWARD Interview

Rising Star - May 2013

A fast five minutes with Julia Edward

When Julia Edward was asked at primary school what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer, “An Olympian”.

“I remember watching the Olympics on TV and being so amazed with the athletes competing. I was very inspired and I wanted to be like them one day.”

At the age of 21, and in just her third year on the New Zealand national team, Julia became an Olympian.


Rowing is… a sport with so much satisfaction. When I began to see progress in my technique and times I became addicted and wanted to push myself even further.

As a lightweight… I never felt disadvantaged at the start line racing heavyweights (as a junior), it was just the norm. It wasn’t until after high school that I was introduced to lightweight rowing.

In 2012… my doubles partner (Louise Ayling) and I had a great season. In our first international race together in the World Cup II heat we beat the World Best Time.

Memorable Olympic moment… coming into the last 300m of the race and being brought home by the roaring crowd. It’s something I’ll never forget. It gives me chills even now thinking about it!

I’m motivated by… the whole New Zealand rowing team. It’s such a great environment to be in. We are constantly pushing each other and we all get along very well. Our team has great support from the New Zealand Rowing staff. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

I’m currently studying… a Bachelor of Business Studies

In my spare time… I study. I chill out. I catch up with friends and family.

I’m most relaxed… when I’m at home in Rotorua with my family, sitting on the deck after dinner singing along to Dad playing the guitar.