World champion NZ lightweight rower Zoe McBride announces shock retirement

Multiple world champion lightweight women's sculler Zoe McBride has made a surprise retirement announcement ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
McBride, 25, was among the favourites to win gold at the postponed Games in Tokyo in the double sculls with crew anggota Jackie Kiddle.

McBride has won two world championship titles in the lightweight women's double scull and two golds at the world championships in the lightweight single scull.

Sport at an elite level can be very challenging, and my own mental well-being, and the mental wellbeing of others will remain a focus of mine, McBride said.


I hope to offer support and guidance in this area to younger athletes in the near future.

Representing New Zealand has been an absolute honour, and whilst the decision to retire was difficult, it has given me an opportunity to reflect on all that rowing has provided me with. I am very proud of what I have achieved in sport, and I look forward to the next stage of my life.

- more to come

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