Rowing: Kiwi sculling world recordholder Robbie Manson hangs up oars

Kiwi rower Robbie Manson is hanging up his oars.

On Wednesday, the singles sculls world recordholder has decided to step away for an "indefinite break" from the sport.

"After rowing for the last 15 years, I've decided it's time for me to take an indefinite break and experience life on the outside," Manson, 31, has posted on Instagram.

The Blenheim native began his international career in double sculls, earning bronze at the 2015 world championships, before clinching a single sculls gold medal at the 2017 World Cup in Poland with his record time of 6m 30.74s over 2000m.

But in the three years since, Manson has struggled to return to the podium, a challenging period that he admitted he considered quitting the sport.

He ultimately relinquished his seat to two-time Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale and returned to the double sculls with Chris Harris to chase a spot at Tokyo.

But the Games' pandemic-enforced delay until 2021 seems to have forced a change in plans.

"I'm very proud of what I have achieved with the sport that I love," continues Manson, who came out as gay in 2014.

"It was far more than I ever dreamt possible. The friends I’ve made, the places I’ve been and the experiences I’ve had are what has made this journey so special and worthwhile.

"Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me along the way - coaches, support staff, teammates, friends and family. 

"There are far too many of you to name everyone, but I have truly appreciated everything you have all done for me."

Manson comes from a family of rowers - father Greg was the 1985 NZ lightweight singles champion, while brother Karl also competes internationally.

"I'm excited for a change of scenery and to do something different as of Monday."