The Remarkable Journey of a Champion Sportsman Continues

DOUBLE AMERICA'S CUP TRIUMPH. IMAGINE THREE IN A ROW
He’s already Marlborough’s greatest-ever sportsman and one of New Zealand’s most successful but the pride of Picton, Joe Sullivan who has a street in the beautiful seaside town named after him, is far from finished on the international sporting scene.
Joe first made his mark as a brilliant rower, winning five World titles and an Olympic Gold medal in the double scull event with Nathan Cohen at the 2012 London Olympics.
 
After retiring from rowing, disillusioned with the way he was treated by the high performance wing of Rowing New Zealand, he searched for another sport to get his teeth into because he was in the prime of his sporting life, not yet 30.
 
He found it in an unlikely way, trialling as a grinder for Emirates Team New Zealand’s radical cyclor grinders for the Americas Cup Challenge in Bermuda. Team New Zealand triumphed, Joe a key man in the extremely physically tough grinding role. After the Bermuda triumph, Team New Zealand designers went back to the traditional hand/arm grinding role for the Americas Cup defence in Auckland so Joe had to reinvent himself for a second time. You guessed it he smashed the gut busting trial to once again make the team as a grinder.
The home town hero takes his daughters for a walk down memory lane

Joe is married to Jordyn and they have two daughters, Amelia aged two and a half and 18 month old Izzy. They now live in Tauranga where Joe also continues his career as a professional fireman.

Again Emirates Team New Zealand on their rocket ship Te Rehutai triumphed, beating challengers Luna Rosa Prada Pirelli 7-3 in an exciting series in Auckland.
 
Despite New Zealand somehow managing to beat syndicates run by rich Billionaires with almost unlimited budgets by their innovative Kiwi ingenuity, team boss Grant Dalton decided on financial grounds to move the cup overseas, the only way he could see his team having the Resourses to defend the trophy.
 
Barcelona was chosen for the next, the 37th Americas Cup event scheduled for September/October in 2024 and Joe thinks it was the right decision even though he would have loved it to have been on home waters again.
 
He’s excited by the prospect of racing at this great venue, a venue where New Zealand sailors have enjoyed plenty of success in the past including four gold medals at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
 
Like the other potential grinders available for Team New Zealand, Joe has to go through exhausting trials again to make the crew which will again revert back to cyclor grinders, meaning yet another change of skills set. He’s keeping fit and excited about having another crack at the world’s most famous sailing regatta.

The former Queen Charlotte College star once won three national Maadi Cup secondary schools gold medals inside a golden hour on Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel

ROWING OLYMPIC GOLD-JOE SULLIVAN DOESN'T DO RUNNER-UP
Life has changed dramatically since his rowing success. A double Americas Cup winner, the former Queen Charlotte College star once won three national Maadi Cup secondary schools gold medals inside a golden hour on Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel now his focus is as much at home as it is on sporting goals and ambitions.
 
Joe is married to Jordyn and they have two daughters, Amelia aged two and a half and 18 month old Izzy. They now live in Tauranga where Joe also continues his career as a professional fireman.
 
FAMILY FIRST - Jordyn and children Izzy and Amelia are Joe's most important focus
Another arm of Team New Zealand’s development programme has Emirates Team New Zealand crewman Glenn Ashby heading an exciting team project, piloting their state of the art land yacht Horonuku in an attempt to beat the world land speed yacht speed which currently stands at 202.09km.
 
The attempt will be made in the South Australian outback on a dry salt Lake Gairdner. The craft has already got up to 148kms and Joe is confident Glenn can beat the record.

Land Yacht Horonuku is attempting to beat the world land speed yacht speed which currently stands at 202.09km. (craft pictured right)

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AbsolutelyFamous reporter John Alexander caught up with his mate Joe recently to discuss various sailing and life issues as well as taking a walk down memory lane recalling his Olympic Games triumph.
Joe was driving through North Canterbury near Amberley at the time I contacted him but stopped the car, hopped out and sat down for a chat.

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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