A candid insight into their unique sporting partnership, The Kiwi Pair details the graft and sacrifices that have underpinned Bond and Murray’s success on the water over the past eight years, the intense demands competition and training places on them physically and emotionally, and how their chalk and cheese personalities have actually worked to keep them at the top level of their sport.
Despite their different personalities, Bond and Murray boast an incredible work ethic and common competitive streak. “There was never a day when I thought, ‘I might not work hard today’,” says Bond. “I didn’t always like training, and sometimes I straight-up hated it — climbing into the boat and slipping my feet into shoes still wet from the last row, or coming down the lake on a long stretch into a blasting headwind, my hands numb and blistered. We called those our ‘championship rows’, they were the ones we believed our opponents would be either physically or mentally not up to.”
Published - 26 August 2016