SL Racing Scholarship

Rowing champion Emma Twigg with two young female rowers and gold medal.

Next across the line.

We’ve selected the first two winners of the SL Racing Scholarship. Meet both of our successful applicants below.

SL Racing along with Olympic champion Emma Twigg has awarded two of rowing’s brightest the opportunity of an awesome rowing scholarship.

What they get:

  • Support and mentorship from some of rowing’s elite
  • Use of an SL Racing boat
  • Financial support
  • A load of gear.

Selecting our two winners of the first SL Racing Scholarship was no easy task. We received multiple entries from around New Zealand from some seriously talented and driven individuals. After much deliberation, we were thrilled to offer our support to Ben Mason and Madeleine Parker. Find out a bit more about them, what makes them tick and what winning the SL Racing Scholarship means in our ‘Quick five-minute Q&A’.

Name / Age / Location:

Benjamin Mason / 20 / Cambridge

How long have you been rowing?

Six years

What are your goals for rowing – now and in the future?

My short-term goals will be to perform well at the u23 Worlds this year and medal at next year’s u23 Worlds. I also want to defend as many titles as I can at next year’s Nationals when the competition gets tougher and become a future prospect for the NZ elite team. Long-term, I want to compete and medal in the Olympics.

What do you hope to achieve through the SL Racing Scholarship?

The SLR Scholarship helps me widen my support team and gain knowledge very few people in the world can offer. It allows me to take the next step toward becoming a more professional athlete. Not only will I be set up in a boat perfect for me, but I’ll also have the confidence in my equipment that nothing is holding me back.

What do you think is your greatest rowing achievement to date?

I think my greatest achievement to date is a difficult one to answer. I’ve been fortunate enough to race at a World Champs before COVID hit, which was a massive achievement. But more recently, I had the most successful Nationals of my life, winning five events, including three premiere events. However, my most challenging accomplishment and my personal favourite would have been my 1000km coastal row to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Which could be why some people saw me racing in a pink row suit in previous seasons.

What drove you to apply for the SL Racing Scholarship?

I think I applied for the SLR scholarship because it was a great opportunity for me to best my chances for the future with where I currently am with my rowing. I’ve been very proud of what I have achieved so far, but now I think I’m at the level where it’s hard to start separating yourself from the best, and this scholarship will help give me the edge to do that.

Name / Age / Location:

Madeleine Parker / 19 / Cambridge

How long have you been rowing?

Six years

What are your goals for rowing – now and in the future?

My goals for the next two years are to make the u23 rowing team again and keep working towards a Bachelor of Business. My rowing goals for the future are to compete in the Olympics eventually.

What do you hope to achieve through the SL Racing Scholarship?

I hope to gain knowledge from the mentorship the SL Racing Scholarship offers and to perform well in the u22 single at the NZ champs in an SL Racing single.

What do you think is your greatest rowing achievement to date?

I think my greatest rowing achievement has been being selected for the NZ u23 rowing team this year.

What drove you to apply for the SL Racing Scholarship?

I wanted to apply for the scholarship as SL Racing is a Hawke’s Bay brand where I am from, and I loved the idea of being able to represent a brand that comes from my hometown.

Keep an eye out for updates on Ben and Madeleine’s

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