For years young Kiwi rowers have been leaving the Rowing New Zealand pathway to row for American universities and gain a better education.
American colleges will offer full scholarships to the athletes while also offering academic tutoring, state-of-the-art coaching, and lavish training facilities to help build on their rowing ability.
Even amid the Covid-19 dangers, many athletes are still choosing to pull out of the Rowing New Zealand program to take their talents overseas to complete their tertiary study.
Kobe Miller is one of New Zealand's promising young rowers who has been scouted by American colleges following his impressive effort in the NZ Junior team in 2019. Miller will be racing for the fern in the Under 21 team against Australia in August and has since received six different scholarship offers from colleges in America.