Fans of the award-winning Apple TV show Ted Lasso will know the word written on a piece of yellow card above the door of fictional footy side AFC Richmond’s dressing room.  

The premise of the show is all about how the supercharged, pay-it-forward, positivity of goofball coach Ted Lasso brings out the best in people around him.

Not just in sport, but in life.

The final morning of Junior trials at Lake Karāpiro finished with a 2k time trial. The boys U19 eight crossed the line and judging by the immediate response from the crew you knew they’d smashed it.

The cox box read 5.40. It was an impressive time from an imposing looking crew. You know you’ve got size and power to burn when Sacred Heart’s Baxter McGillivray is sitting in bow seat. The 5.40’s even more encouraging when you consider the boys had just finished four days of intense scrutiny, the group put through something like 28 seat races to find the fastest combo to represent New Zealand at the Junior World Championships in Paris in August.


Congratulations to:

Oscar Clatworthy, Cashmere High School

Sam Woodgate, St Bede’s College

Oliver Leach, Sacred Heart College Auckland

Will Milne, Hamilton Boy’s High School

Fergus Johnston, Christ’s College

Josh Syme, Waikato Rowing Club

Matthew Glen, St Bede’s College

Baxter McGillivray, Sacred Heart College Auckland

Jacob Avery (cox), Sacred Heart College Auckland

So, if you don’t watch Ted Lasso, you probably want to know what the word above the dressing room door is:


The eight’s coach is Dale Maher and he’s all about belief.  So, if he got to write something on a piece of yellow card for his crew, what would it be?

5.33. It’s that simple. Dale has set that as the goal for his boys, a time that would put them under Germany’s world best time of 5.33:43 set last year.


Andy Hay

Andy Hay is a freelance producer, writer and rowing coach. He was cox of the world champion New Zealand eight of 1982 and '83. He is NZ Olympian #446.