Author(s): Hamish Bond & Eric Murray
Affectionately known as the Kiwi Pair, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray are as dominant a team as we've ever seen. Hamish is considered the most technically proficient rower of a generation, while Murray is known for his huge engine, having set an indoor rowing world record for 18,728 metres in one hour. Yet behind the harmony on the water is an intriguing dynamic. They're two very different people: one an introvert, one an extrovert. One works part time for a share-broking firm, one is a registered marriage celebrant. They spend more time together than with their own wives, they finish each other's sentences, yet it's always been a love-hate relationship. 'When I first met Eric I thought he was an egotistical boofhead,' recalls Hamish. Switching from coaching legend Dick Tonks to their current coach Noel Donaldson was never going to be controversy-free either. Hamish and Eric certainly speak their minds, a candidness that is captured brilliantly in The Kiwi Pair.