KIWI rower Sam O’Connor was part of the Oxford crew that won Sunday’s historic boat race on the River Thames.
The 25-year-old helped propel his team to victory over arch-rivals Cambridge in the race that has been held since 1829, and was only the 10th New Zealanders to compete in the most famous of rowing events.
“After a whole year working towards this, to come out with that result and put in a performance like that is really satisfying,” he told 3News.
“It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done.
“We were feeling good during the race but they made us work for it.”
O’Connor, who hails from Christchurch, joined Oxford this year after four years studying at Harvard University in the United States.
“We have a great rowing scene in New Zealand so it’s great to come over and be part of a big race like this,” he said.
Oxford’s victory came in 17 minutes and 27 seconds.