Jude Ellis

Member of the first women's crew to complete the trans-Atlantic rowing race - inspiration from a dedicated and successful sportswoman.
Jude Ellis has always been a keen sports fan and has represented her country in two different spots – rowing and women’s rugby. Jude was 21 when she first picked up an oar and was in her second year at Lincoln University. Once she discovered rowing she was hooked, and went on to represent New Zealand in three World Championships.

After three years (1993-95) with New Zealand Women’s rugby, Jude returned to rowing in a Junior Women’s Rowing coaching capacity, including three years with the Rangi Ruru Girls’ School rowing team and a New Zealand Junior Women’s Four in 1996.

In 2001 Jude and crew-mate Stephanie Brown became the first all-women crew to complete the Trans-Atlantic rowing race – finishing fourth overall - an incredible achievement over a gruelling 4760 kilometres.

Jude is now involved in coaching development for Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure. Jude also manages Coaching New Zealand Levels 0 and 1 generic coach education programmes including curriculum development, delivery, assessment and review.

Jude is Director on the Board of New Zealand Rowing and also Club Captain at Star Boating Club, Wellington.



• Teamwork
• Motivation
• Communication
• Planning