The name’s Bond: Kiwi sporting great Hamish Bond, right, meets local Novotel hotelier Jim Moore yesterday


Kiwi sporting legend Hamish Bond, who won rowing gold medals at the last three Olympics, believes young people should ‘dream big’ but also set realistic goals on the way.

The 36-year-old — who retired in January after securing his last gold at last year’s Tokyo Olympics — visited Queenstown this week and spoke at Wakatipu High before attending last night’s Central Otago Sports Awards in Wanaka.

He thinks youngsters should develop a vision of what they want to achieve.

‘‘It can seem pretty far-fetched, but just have it so you are working towards some thing, and then obviously there will be deviations along the way.’’

However, he adds, ‘‘it’s pointless having that long-term goal without bringing it to the near term, and [thinking] how am I going to get there?’’

Since retiring, Dunedin-raised Bond — who’s also won a Commonwealth Games cycling medal — says looking after his three young kids has been his main exercise, though he did go for a 6km run in Queenstown yesterday.

‘‘I’ve been trying to get up to speed with running because I want to be able to exercise without having to find a gym or equipment.

‘‘The heart and lung side of it, for me, is no drama, but the biomechanical is taking a fair bit of work because I haven’t run since I was a teenager.’’

Mount Maunganui-based Bond leaves soon with his family to spend at least a year in North Carolina, in the United States — his wife Lizzie, who recently finished her orthopaedic surgery training, has been awarded a fellowship at Duke University.