Hamish, 21, is originally from Wellington, however, he spent most of his childhood and youth in the small town of Woodville, 25 km east of Palmerston North. Woodville has produced a number of highly- regarded athletes, especially in the 80s, such as Joe Schmidt and Kevin Carter.

Hamish has demonstrated great interest in sports since a very young age. He has been a keen swimmer since the age of 9, becoming one of the Top national swimmers in NZ by the time he was at high school. He achieved the title of Manawatu swimmer of the year in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, already holding the national age-group title in the 100m short course backstroke for 13-year-olds,

Hamish McGirr set three new records: the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle and backstroke in the boys’ 14-year-old age group during the North Island Secondary Schools championships. He was also selected to attend this year’s top New Zealand age-group training squad that year

As well as his love for swimming, as most would, Hamish has always been interested in cars. His passion for roaring engines and flaming exhausts, combined with his experience as accomplished swimmer and driven spirit, led him to start car racing in 2016. Hamish started as a competitor in the Mini-stock category. After having a great season as Ministock racer, at the beginning of 2018 Hamish decided to move to Stockcar racing, currently competing at the Robertson Holden International Speedway.

Hamish has a clear goal for this year. He aims to attain one of the two Manawatu Speedway Club Awards, either the Rocky of the year award or Most Improved Stockcar racer. Hamish participation in Motorsport is still in the early stages, however, he has already set a clear goal for himself and his crew, win the 1NZ title in 2020.

We are proudly supporting Hamish involvement in the sport, as his Engineering and Pit Crew. Hamish sportsmanship, tenacity, determination and charming personality may well be the X factor required to become a speedway superstar!

Fun fact about Hamish…

In addition to his passion for cars, Hamish is a certified beekeeper! When he is not speeding in the track, he unwinds looking after his honeybee hive.