Joe Sullivan

Inspirational speaker, Olympic Gold Medalist, Americas Cup Winner, Emirates Team NZ

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Known as “The Pride of Picton”, Joe’s star potential was evident at a young age when he won three consecutive National Secondary School team rowing titles and two individual rowing world titles back to back.  However, it was in London at the 2012 Olympics that Joe shot to national fame, winning a gold medal in the men’s double sculls and a Halberg for New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment for their miraculous comeback in the final.

In 2014 Joe retired from competitive rowing to pursue his other passion of firefighting full time, but in 2016 he announced that he was joining Emirates Team NZ to compete in the Americas Cup.

Joe’s sporting success continued with Team NZ as a key part of their victory over Oracle Team USA in The Americas Cup in 2017. This had not been achieved by a New Zealand team since 2000. Joe is in rare company as an Olympic and America’s Cup champion and the only person ever to win an Olympic gold not in Sailing and an America’s cup.

Joe received a New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for services to rowing. His passion for community service has meant juggling his sporting achievements with his service as a firefighter.

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