Hamish Bond and Eric Murray pose with NZ Ambassador Wendy Hinton
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray pose with NZ Ambassador Wendy Hinton just after receiving gold medals in the Men's Pairs category

New Zealand won eleven medals, including six gold, at the Rowing World Cup series in Poznan, Poland, from 18-19 June. 

With 68 medals won in the 2016 World Cup series overall, New Zealand topped the points table and was named Overall Series Champion, receiving the Championship Trophy, well ahead of runner up Great Britain with 58 medals.

The event took place on Poznan’s picturesque rowing facility, Malta Lake, and the events were attended by Ambassador Wendy Hinton, the Mayor of Poznan, members of the local government, rowing officials including International Rowing Organisation (FISA) President (and former Olympic champion) Jean-Christophe Rolland, and a crowd of energetic spectators, including some very vocal Kiwis.

New Zealand athletes put on a real show of strategy, strength and stamina which transfixed the crowd and gave rise to some major expectations for Rio.