Fiona Bourke from Takapau in the Hawkes Bay took up rowing in 2007 when she first went to Otago University.
This year she and double sculls teammate Zoe Stephenson picked up golds at the world rowing championships in Amsterdam and the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.
She says athletes are made, not born, and a competitive spirit helps.
Fiona Bourke says 2015 will be another big year, as they must finish in the top eight at the world championships to ensure New Zealand can compete in that class at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
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