Radcliffe heavyweight crew announced the hiring of Fiona Bourke as an assistant coach on Dec. 19, 2016.
In her first year with the Black and White, Radcliffe won the Eastern Sprints and was fifth at the Ivy League Championships.
Bourke was a member of the New Zealand Rowing Team from 2010 to 2015, earning a spot on the Olympic team in 2012. Under the tutelage of Richard (Dick) Tonks (World Rowing Coach of the Year 2005, 2010 and 2012) she took Gold at the 2014 World Rowing Championships (W2x), Silver in 2013 (W2x) and Bronze in 2011 (W4x). In addition, she captured two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at World Cup Regattas over her career and Silver at 2010 U23 World Rowing Championships.
Bourke grew up in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand and began her rowing career as a walk-on to the Otago University Rowing Club (OURC) in 2007. She helped OURC to claim the New Zealand University Rowing Championship title from 2007-2009. Bourke is an eight time national championship title winner, a two-time Halberg Award nominee and was named New Zealand Maori Sportswoman of the Year in 2014.
Bourke earned a Bachelor of Business Studies in Accounting from Massey University (New Zealand) in 2014.