Athlete Biographies

Athlete of the week – Pete Lambert

Pete learnt to row at his High School, Jeppe Boys in Johannesburg, and represented South Africa at junior, U23 and senior level. He joined Leander Club in 2012 after racing and winning the Single Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta.

Pete joined Leander Club in 2012 and successfully trialled for the GB Rowing Team in 2013 and made his debut in the men’s double scull with John Collins finishing fourth at the Sydney World Cup. He then moved to the quad where he raced Eton Dorney, finishing fifth.  Then in Lucerne, they improved to fourth and eventually winning bronze at the 2013 World Championships in Chungju. An outstanding result and also the first-ever World medal for a GB men’s quad.In 2014, Pete won a silver at the European Championships in Belgrade, World Cup gold in Aiguebelette and Lucerne. At the World Championships Ukraine were just able to hold off the Brits and came second by a few hundredth of a second.

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Andy Joel

Height: 189
Year of birth: 1995
Home town: Windsor, Berkshire
School: Windsor Boys School
University: Reading University
First rowing club: Windsor Boys School Boat Club
Learned to row: 2008

Andy joined Leander Club in September 2014 because he thought ‘he would look good in pink’, and he ‘wanted to win everything.’ This ambition has gone well so far – in 2015 he won The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup at Henley. Andy also went to the u23 World Rowing Champions in the quadruple scull in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, but unfortunately became ill and had to pull out of the competition. Andy is known within the club for his commitment to a ‘plant based diet’, due to ethical and health reasons. His favourite post training meal is beans on toast. Outside the boat, Andy enjoys spending time with his family and watching sport. Andy is also passionate about music and his favourite song to train to is ‘Dear Rosemary’ by The Foo Fighters. If Andy was stranded on a Desert Island and could only have one luxury, he would take his car – a Fiat Punto.

Rowan Law

Height: 191cm
Year of Birth: 1996
Home town: Nottingham
School: West Bridgford School, Nottingham
University: N/A
First rowing club: Nottingham Rowing Club
Learned to row: 2008

Rowan joined the Leander squad in September 2015 in order to pursue his ambition to get selected for the GB team for the u23 World Championships. By the time he came to Leander, Rowan already had a very successful track record in Nottingham, having won The National Schools Regatta, Pairs Head, The British Championships and the Junior Singles GB trial. Rowan also won a GB vest for the Coupe De Jeunesse in 2013 in the single scull, where he finished sixth. The following year Rowan won a silver medal in the GB quad at the Junior World Championships in Hamburg. Rowan originally was a footballer, but after having failed to get selected for the local academy, he decided his physique would be more suited to rowing. Rowan’s favourite thing about Leander Club is the crew food. His first-choice dish is the roast beef. When not rowing Rowan works at the cinema, which is something he really enjoys because of his love of films. His favourite film is ‘Dumb and Dumber’.

Nick Middleton

Height: 189cm
Year of birth: 1988
Home town: Cobham, Surrey
School: City of London Freeman’s School
University: N/A
First rowing club: Leander Club
Learned to row: 2008

Nick learnt to row at Leander Club in 2008. He started the sport after being inspired watching the success of the rowing team at the Beijing Olympics. His rowing career has been punctuated by numerous successes, including winning Henley Royal Regatta an outstanding five times with Leander, making him unbeaten at this regatta. Nick puts his success down to training hard and a good sense of humour. After retiring from rowing, Nick hopes to be an exhibition photographer. When not rowing Nick’s favourite past time is enjoying a good cup of Tetley tea. Nick’s ultimate rowing ambition is to win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Nick’s favourite things about Leander are the amazing facilities and the positive crew morale. His number one post-training meal is a burger and chips. If Nick was stranded on a desert island his one luxury he would need would be a Swiss army knife.

Harry Leask

Height: 195
Year of birth: 1995
Home town: Edinburgh
School: George Herriots
University: N/A
First rowing club: George Watson’s School Boat Club
Learned to row: 2008

Harry joined Leander Club in September 2012 in order to follow his dream of becoming an Olympic rower. Harry has already enjoyed much success whilst pursuing this dream – in 2015 he won The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup at Henley and also went to the u23 World Rowing Champions in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where he came 5th in the men’s viii. Harry’s favourite thing about Leander Club is that everything is in one place and there is a great atmosphere between the crew members. When not rowing, Harry enjoys working for Henley Contracting which is a company who helps prepare the site for the Henley Royal Regatta. After retiring from rowing, Harry hopes to pursue this type of career in grounds or agricultural contracting. When not in the boat, Harry likes to spend time with his girlfriend, Maddy. If Harry was stranded on a Desert Island, he said the one thing that he couldn’t live without would be Nutella!

Harry Glenister

Height: 193.5
Year of birth: 1995
Home town: Princes Risborough
School: John Hampden Grammar School
University: University of Surrey
First rowing club: Marlow
Learned to row: 2009

Harry joined Leander Club in September 2014 after having a successful career at Marlow and Molesey Boat Club. He decided to make the step up to Leander to pursue his ambition of rowing in the GB u23 team. Prior to joining, Harry had been studying a degree in Business Management at the University of Surrey. Harry has seen much success in his rowing career, including winning the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta with Molesey Boat Club. He also represented GB at junior level, going to the Junior World Championships in Trakia, Lithuania in the quadruple scull. Away from the boat Harry enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his friends. After Harry retires from his rowing career, he hopes to pursue a career in finance. His favourite aspect of training at the club so far is the team spirit and the excellent facilities. Harry is now studying his degree at the University Surrey part time, so he can fit in his rigorous training schedule.

Frazier Christie

Height: 196
Year of birth: 1993
Home town: Bath
School: Prior Park College, Bath.
University: Bath University
First rowing club: Minerva Bath Rowing Club
Learned to row: 2010

Frazier joined the Leander Squad in 2015, five years after starting the sport on a GB World Class Start programme at Minerva Bath Rowing Club. Frazier said he started rowing after being spotted in the gym on a ergo machine doing cross training for Rugby, the sport he was passionate about at the time. Frazer went on to combine rowing at the University of Bath Boat Club with studying for an economics degree, a subject he hopes to further pursue after he retires from professional rowing. Frazer won his first international vest in 2015 at the u23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where he raced in the Quadruple Sculls. Unfortunately due to illness of another crew member, they were unable to race in the final. Frazier’s family lives in Kenya, where his father is in the military. When not rowing, Frazier enjoys returning home and going on safari.

Phil Congdon

Height: 202cm
Year of birth: 1989
Home town: Berry St Edmunds, Suffolk
School: Thurston Community College
University: Durham University
First rowing club: Durham University Boat Club
Learned to row: 2007

Phil joined the Leander Squad in October 2015 after having rowed in the national team but had to take time off training because of a knee injury. Phil said he started rowing because he had always wanted to try the sport. Phil was spotted for his height at the Durham Freshers’ fair, where he signed up to the Freshers’ Programme with the University Boat club. Phil combined studying for his degree in law with rowing for Durham and achieved much success. He rowed for Great Britain twice at the World University rowing championships in 2010 and 2012, and again for Great Britain at the u23’s in Amsterdam in 2011. After graduating from Durham University, Phil spent two seasons at Molesey Boat Club, where he won the Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. When not rowing Phil enjoys spending time with his wife Jenny and playing golf, though he adds, ‘not at the same time!’

Tim Clarke

Height: 197 cm
Year of birth: 1991
Home town: Henley-On-Thames
School: Abingdon
University: Newcastle
First rowing club: Abingdon School Boat Club
Learned to row: 2007

Tim Clarke joined the Leander Squad in 2013, seven years after starting his rowing career at Abingdon School. Whilst at Abingdon Tim made the final of the Princess of Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. Tim went on to study nutrition at Newcastle University, where he was President of the boat club in his final year. During his time at Newcastle, Tim had unprecedented success, winning an incredible 14 national university titles. During a year in industry away from Newcastle, Tim balanced working as a nutritionist with rowing in Leander’s Ladies’ plate squad, where he narrowly lost the final of Henley Royal Regatta by an agonising three feat. During this same year, Tim went on to become World University Champion in the GB Men’s Viii at the 2014 FISU championships. He also gained GB vests at the 2013 u23 World Championships in Linz, Austria, where he finished 5th in the men’s Viii. Away from rowing, Tim enjoys long walks in the countryside with his girlfriend, Becky. After his rowing career, Tim hopes to become a sports nutritionist.

TIm Clarke Leander Club
Emily Carmichael

Height: 191
Year of birth: 1992
Home town: Cheltenham
School: Westonbirt School
University: The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
First Rowing Club: Upper Thames
Leaned to row: 2013

Emily joined the Leander Squad in January 2014, just two months after having taken up the sport. Emily said she took up rowing because she didn’t want to go through life thinking ‘what if’. Before rowing, Emily was a passionate horse rider and trailed for the GB dressage team. Rowing is in Emily’s blood: her father Malcom won bronze in the 1980 Moscow Olympics in the men’s pair. Success came quickly for Emily, in her first year of rowing, she made the semi final of Henley Royal Regatta in the Leander women’s quad. The following year, Emily rowed in the women’s viii (four seat) at the Women’s Head of the River Race (London) where Leander won the club pennant. Emily also won the 2015 fours head in the Leander Quad, winning the elite pennant. Outside of rowing, Emily enjoys catching up with friends and reading books.

Emily Carmichael Leander Athlete
Matt Rossiter

Height: 189
Year of birth: 1989
Home town: Newbury
School: Abingdon School
University: Durham University
First Rowing Club: Abingdon School Boat Club
Learned to row: 2004

Matt joined the Leander Squad in September 2014 after having restarted the sport at the University of London Boat Club in 2013 after a break from the sport due to a serious back injury. As a junior, Matt enjoyed unprecedented success, winning the 2007 World Rowing Junior Championships in the coxless four in Beijing. Matt also won three golds at the 2009 Youth Olympics in Sydney. Matt went onto win u23 silver at the 2010 World Championships. Matt’s seamless path to the top came to an abrupt end in 2011 when he had a serious back injury forcing him to take two year sabbatical from the sport. Matt originally took up the sport having been inspired by his father who raced for Goldie in the reserve Oxford-Cambridge boat race. Outside the boat, Matt works for a Start Up Studio, called ‘The Eleven’, based in London. This firm is very supportive of Matt’s rowing ambitions and allow him to work part time around his training.

Cameron Buchan

Height: 206 cm
Year of birth: 1992
Home town: Dunipace, Scotland
School: Kent School
University: Northeaster University, Massachusetts
First Rowing Club: Kent School
Leaned to row: 2011

Cameron joined the Leander Squad in September 2015 after having graduated from Northeastern University in the USA, in order to follow his Olympic ambitions. Before he started rowing, Cameron was a successful basket player and was in the u18 European championship winning Scottish team. However Cameron decided to step away from the sport and start rowing because he thought his physique would be more ideally suited to rowing. The move paid off and Cameron has enjoyed much rowing success since the switch. He came second in the American East Coat Championships (‘Sprints’) and then went on to represent the GB u23 team at the 2014 and 2015 rowing world championships in the men’s viii. Outside of rowing Cameron enjoys playing golf and practicing the Scottish Chanter, which is, he explains, ‘to a bagpipe what a recorder is to a clarinet!’ After retiring from rowing, Cameron hopes to use his degree in Business and Finance to go in the finance industry.

Adam Neil

Height: 204cm
Year of Birth: 1990
Home town: Peterborough
School: Kings School Peterborough
University: Reading University
First rowing club: Peterborough City Rowing Club
Learned to row: 2006

 Adam joined the Leander Squad in September 2013 after having taken a forced three year sabbatical from the sport after having a serious back injury. Adam represented Leander in the Ladies’ Plate final he narrowly lost the final by an agonising three feat. Adam has an impressive physiology and holds the world record on a rowing machine for a 30 minute test at rate 20 whilst training at Leander in 2014. This feat was noticed by the national team and he was taken into the Olympic squad in September 2014. Unfortunately he sustained another back injury in February 2015 and had to withdraw himself from the national squad. He is now training at Leander once again and attempting to break into the national squad once more. After retiring from rowing, Adam hopes to be a sports lawyer. Outside the boat Adam enjoys cycling, watching Game of Thrones and listening to country music.

Tom Ford

Height: 190
Year of Birth: 1992
Home town: Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
School: The Grange School Hertford
University: Newcastle
First rowing club: The Grange School Rowing Club
Learned to row: 2005

Tom joined Leander Club in September 2015 after having a very successful university rowing career at Newcastle. Tom said his most cherished achievement from Newcastle was leading his team as Men’s Captain to win the Prince Albert Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2014. Tom also achieved great international success, becoming both World and European University Champion. He then went on to row in the GB u23 team in 2013 and 2014. Tom decided to make the step up to Leander to pursue his ultimate ambition: to try to make the Olympic team. Tom balances his training at Leander with rowing coaching to help support himself. Away of rowing, Tom enjoys going out for dinner with his girlfriend and riding to training on his scooter. After Tom finishes his rowing career he hopes to take over his fathers car dealership business. If Tom could be successful in any other sport other than rowing, he would be a Formula One driver.

Finn Stevenson

Height: 199cm
Year of Birth: 1992
Home town: Oxford
School: Magdalen College School
University: University of St Andrews, University College London
First rowing club: University of London Rowing Club
Learned to row: 2014

Finn joined the Leander squad in September 2015 having decided to take up rowing full time in order to see how far he could progress in his sport. Finn came to rowing from a background of ‘Crossfit’, where he entered and won a rowing machine challenge at his local ‘Crossfit’ gym. He was then further identified by talent spotters of the national team, who suggested he take up the sport. Finn took on board this advice and began rowing for the University of London Boat Club. In his first year in the sport he won the beginner single at the BUCS regatta by a record 30 second margin. He then went on to win the beginner single at the GB rowing sculling festival. Finn originally studied medicine at St Andrew’s, but upon graduating decided against pursuing a career as a doctor and instead has an ambition to work with medical technology, with a focus on sports. Finn is famous within the club for his eccentric diets. In an effort to gain muscle mass, for example, Finn embarked on his ‘chicken-a-day’ diet, which saw him eat over a thousand chickens in three years, putting on 20kg of muscle mass. Leander have challenged him to do the same with Hippopotamuses!

Ed Fisher

Height: 189cm
Year of Birth: 1994
Home town: Nottingham
School: Harry Carlton Comprehensive, Nottingham
University: N/A
First rowing club: Loughborough Boat Club
Learned to row: 2005

Ed joined the Leander squad in September 2014 in order to pursue his ambition to get selected for the GB team for the u23 World Championships. His dream was realised quickly and he went on to win a bronze medal at the 2015 u23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Before coming to Leander, Ed rowed for Nottingham rowing club, where he won National Schools regatta twice. This season Ed hopes to win gold at the u23 world championships and break into the GB senior squad. Ed started rowing originally after winning free membership to Loughborough Boat Club at a village fair. After retiring from rowing, Ed hopes to become a rowing coach. Leander club also employs Ed as a waiter to help him support his rowing ambitions. When not either rowing or working at Leander, Ed enjoys spending time with- and cooking dinner for his girl friend, Hannah. His favourite post training dish is Leander’s own crew Spaghetti Bolognese.

Sam Arnot

Height: 202cm
Year of Birth: 1991
Home town: Chester
School: Kings School Chester
University: Newcastle University
First rowing club: King School Chester Boat Club
Leander to row: 2004

Sam joined the Leander squad in September 2015 after having a very successful university rowing career at Newcastle. Sam is most proud of winning the Prince Albert Cup at The Henley Royal Regatta with Newcastle in 2014. Sam also achieved great international success, becoming both World and European University Champion. He then went on to row in the GB u23 team in 2012 and 2013. Sam originally took up rowing at the Kings Chester School because he didn’t want to play football. Sam decided to make the step up to Leander to pursue his Olympic rowing ambition. Sam balances his training at Leander with rowing coaching to help support himself. Away of rowing, Sam’s favourite past times are skiing and films. His lists his favourite film as ‘The Rock’, because he enjoys Sean Connery’s acting. If Sam could be successful in any other sport other than rowing, he would choose to be a a professional boxer.

Katherine Douglas

Height: 181cm
Year of birth: 1989
Home town: Edinburgh
School: Fettes College
University: Oxford Brookes University
First rowing club: Oxford Brookes University Boat Club
Learned to row: 2010

Katherine joined the Leander squad in September 2012 in order to pursue her dream of going to the Olympics. Success came quickly for Katherine – in her first season she won the Remenham Challenge Cup at the 2013 Henley Royal Regatta. She then went to the 2013 Senior World Rowing Championships as a spare. Unfortunately she sustained a back injury shortly after these World Championships, which put her out of the sport for eight months. She is now back to full fitness and health and trying to break into the Rio 2016 Olympic team. Katherine originally started rowing to meet new people at university. Outside the boat, Katherine enjoys going back to Scotland and spending time with her family. After retiring from rowing, Katherine hopes to be a property developer. If Katherine could be successful in another sport other than rowing, she would like to be a professional tennis player.

Jonathan Jackson

Height: 182 cm
Year of birth: 1995
Home town: Henley-On-Thames
School: Henley College
University: N/A
First rowing club: Upper Thames Rowing Club
Learned to row: 2007

Jonathan joined Leander Club in September 2013, after having taken up the sport at Upper Thames Rowing Club. He came to Leander with the ambition of making the u23 GB squad. He realised this goal quickly, representing GB at the 2015 u23 world championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where his lightweight mens four won an impressive bronze medal. His next ambition is to break into the GB lightweight squad and train towards to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. At Leander, Jonathan has had impressive results – winning pennants at both the fours and eights Head of the River Races. Outside of rowing, Jonathan enjoys going to watch his favourite team, Reading Football Club and walking his cocker spaniel. After retiring from rowing, Jonathan hopes to pursue a career in full time rowing coaching. Jonathan said his favourite thing about training at Leander Club is, ’the outstanding crew morale and work ethic that helps build champions behind closed doors.’

Barney Stentiford

Height: 198
Year of birth: 1990
Home town: Ipplepen, Devon
School: Torquay Boys’ Grammar School
University: Durham University Boat Club
First rowing club: Torquay Boys’ Grammar School
Learned to row: 2007

Barney joined Leander Club in September 2013, after pursuing the sport very successfully at Durham University, under the coaching of Wade Hall-Craggs. Not only did he secure three gold BUCS medals, but he also managed to balance his studies with his training to graduate with a first class degree in chemistry. He came to Leander to try and break into the GB senior squad. Barney has had a rowing career punctuated with many successes. In 2012 he won a silver medal in the GB men’s Viii at the FISU World University Rowing Championships held in Kazan, Russia. He then went onto compete at the 2013 u23 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria with fellow Leander Athletes Angus Groom, Stewart Innes and Jack Beaumont. Barney originally started rowing on a GB rowing Start Programme after being identified at school for his height. Barney combines rowing with working in the Leander office and tutoring local school students. Outside the boat, Barney is a budding amateur golfer.

Fiona Gammond

Height: 182
Year of birth: 1992
Home town: Bista, Oxforshire
School: Heddington school oxford
University: University of Washington
First rowing club: Headington
Learned to row: 2004

Fi joined Leander Club in July 2015 after having graduated from The University of Washington in Seattle USA. Whilst at Washington Fi had a very successful time at Washington, coming fourth at the nationals and being awarded a prestigious ‘All American’ status, which is an honour bestowed to the leading athletes in America. Fi has also had international success, winning two silver medals at the GB u23 World Rowing Champions, a gold medal at the 2010 Junior World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic and a gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympics. Fi decided to join Leander Club in order to pursue her ultimate ambition of making the GB Olympic Squad. Outside of rowing Fi enjoys spending time working on her parents farm. After Fi retires from rowing, she hopes to pursue a career in the property market. Fi’s favourite thing about Leander is the excellent training programme and coaching.

George Rossiter

Height: 189
Year of birth: 1992
Home town: Newbury, Berkshire
School: Abingdon
University: Newcastle
First rowing club: Abingdon School Boat Club
Learned to row: 2008

George Rossiter joined Leander in September 2013 after having graduated from Newcaslte University, where he had been one of the top student athletes in the country. George led Newcastle, both as men’s captain and president, to unprecedented success. He himself won a total of 11 national titles. George also excelled on the intentional stage, going to the U23 World Championships four times and winning two bronze medal’s in the 2011 and 2012 championships. He is currently the reigning World University Champion from the 2014 FISU World University Games in the men’s viii. George’s ultimate ambition is to go to the Olympic’s and he sees Leander Club as the best stepping stone to achieving this ambition. Outside of rowing, George enjoys playing the piano and ukulele; following cricket; and playing golf – though not at the same time!

Chris Boddy

Height: 187
Year of birth: 1987
Home town: Thornaby-on-Tees
School: Yarm School
University: N/A
First rowing club: Yarm School Boat Club
Learned to row: 1999

Chris joined Leander Club in 2009 as a lightweight whilst he was rowing the GB senior squad. He had a very successful international career, which culminated in him winning a bronze medal at the 2012 European Championships in the lightweight double in Varese Italy. Chris has also been a loyal representative of the club, rowing in the Ladies Challenge Plate three years in a row at the Henley Royal Regatta. Two of these times, 2012 and 2014, Chris was in the final, losing by an agonising 1 and 3 feet respectively. In 2014 Chris decided to change from a lightweight to a heavyweight rower, gaining an impressive 18kg in 5 months. 2016 is his final season of rowing and he hopes to realise his dream of winning Henley. When not rowing, Chris is a personal trainer, a career he hopes to pursue full time once he retires from rowing. Outside the boat, Chris enjoys cycling and spending time with his fiancee, Katie. If Chris was stranded on a Desert Island, he would like to take the music album Californication by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and his luxury would be his cat, Smokey.

Tom Barras

Height: 192
Year of birth: 1994
Home town: Shepperton
School: Tiffin
University: Cardiff
First rowing club: Burway
Learned to row:  2005

Tom joined Leander Club in September 2015 because he thinks it is the leading sculling club in the country. Tom is a very accomplished international oarsman, having represented Great Britain twice at the u23 world championships and at the junior world championships. Tom has also had much domestic success winning a bronze medal at the Common Wealth Regatta in the double scull in 2014. When not rowing Tom pursues a part time career as a physiotherapist at St Marks Hospital, Maidenhead, something he hopes to do full time once he retires from rowing. Tom’s ultimate rowing ambition is to win an Olympic medal. Tom’s dream song to listen to before an Olympic final would be ‘Do you Hear The People Sing’ from ‘Les Miserable’, because it is ‘passionate and powerful.’ When not in the boat, Tom is an avid football fan and loves to support his favourite team, Arsenal.

Sam Royston

Height: 165cm
Year of birth: 1992
Home town: Monmouth, Monmouthshire
School: Monmouth Comprehensive School
University: Reading University
First rowing club: Monmouth Comprehensive School Boat Club
Learned to row: 2007

Sam joined Leander Club in October 2014 after Reading dropped their sweep rowing programme and because it had always been a life long dream to come to Leander. Sam had much success whilst coxing at Reading, winning the student pennant at the Women’s Head of the River Race and making two Women’s Henley finals. Sam also represented Whales at the Home International Regatta in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Whilst at Leander, Sam coxed the Thames Cup Viii at the 2015 Henley Regatta to the Saturday. When not in the boat, Sam enjoys spending time with his friends and watching Rugby. Sam also likes listening to music and his favourite song to listen to is ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ by the ‘Arctic Monkeys’. After Sam finishes his rowing career, he hopes to find a job working in the property market. Sam’s favourite thing about coxing at Leander Club is the high level of performance and the ambitions of all the athletes to compete at the top level.

Sam Mottram

Height: 172 cm
Year of birth: 1994
Home town: Stoke Mandevil
School: The Misbourn
University: N/A
First rowing club: Upper Thames Rowing Club
Learned to row: 2005

Sam joined Leander Club in April 2013 to pursue his ambition to become an Olympic Lightweight rower. Sam’s proudest achievement so far is making the senior GB rowing team at the age of 20 at the 2015 Championships in Aiguebelette France in the lightweight men’s quad. Sam enjoys listening to music whilst training, and his favourite song to listen to whilst on the rowing machine is ‘Complicated’ by Avril Lavigne. After a tough day of training, Sam’s favourite meal to have is steak and chips. When Sam eventually retires from rowing, he hopes to start and run his own company. If Sam was stranded on a Desert Island and was only allowed to take one luxury item, he said he would need his laptop and a wifi router!

Dan Boddington

Height: 189 cm
Year of birth: 1991
Home town: Watlington, Oxfordshire
School: Abingdon
University: Durham University
First rowing club: Abingdon School Boat Club
Learned to row: 2006

Dan joined Leander Club in September 2014 after having graduated from Durham University, where he was men’s captain of the boat club. Dan’s proudest rowing achievement is reaching the final of Henley with Abingdon School in the Princes Elizabeth Challenge Cup. Dan’s future rowing ambition is to become the best version of himself that he can be. He likes to listen to music when training – hisfavourite training song is ‘Nessun Dorma’ by Pavarotti, because he thinks it sounds very inspiring. After retiring from rowing, Dan hopes to set up his own tech company. On a Desert Island, if forced to only bring one luxury, Dan would want to take a picture of his family. Dan’s favourite post training meal is Eggs Benedict Royal, because, he says ‘it is both nutritious and delicious.’ Dan enjoys training at Leander Club because of the atmosphere, saying, ‘I often forget how lucky I am to train here.’ Away from rowing, Dan enjoy’s playing his guitar, going fly fishing and playing darts.

William Warr

Height: 195 cm
Year of birth: 1992
Home town: Frant, East Sussex
School: Skinners School
University: Cambridge University/Durham University
First rowing club: Durham University Boat Club
Learned to row: 2010

William joined Leander Club in September 2013 just after having graduated from Durham University where he took up the sport. In his first year at Leander, he rowed in the final of the Ladies’ Challenge Plate, losing by an agonising two feet. He went on to race at the 2014 u23 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy, finishing 4th in the men’s 4+. Later that same summer he raced in the GB men’s Viii at the 2014 World University Rowing Championships, winning gold. William then went on to Cambridge to study an MPhil in Public Policy. During this year he rowed in the Cambridge Blue boat, winning a silver medal in the 2015 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. In September 2015 William raced in the senior GB men’s Viii at the Hanse Cup (SN Netz CUP) in Germany, beating Germany, the reigning Olympic champions, to win gold. Out of the boat, William enjoys playing the piano and following politics. He currently writes policy for a London based politician.

Tom Mortimer

Height: 192cm
Year of birth: 1997
Home town: Reading
School: Henley College
University: N/A
First rowing club: Leander Club
Learned to row: 2013

Tom came to Leander in 2013 after having been scouted by Leander’s talent ID programme at his local school in Reading. This ID programme selects boys from local schools who have the necessary attributes to be a successful oarsman, such as height, weight and a certain level of fitness. Tom rows in the junior section of the Leander academy. This allows him to balance his studies and row at the highest level. He studies A levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry at Henley College. Like all the other junior rowers at Leander studying at Henley College, Tom also studies the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellent (ACE), which gives students a background coaching, nutrition, finances and sporting physiology.
Since learning to row with Leander, Tom has represented Great Britain at the 2015 Coupe De La Jeunesse in Hungary, where he finished 4th in the Men’s Quad.
Tom spends half of his week boarding at Leander in the crew dormitory and the other half of the week at home with his parents. Tom’s said his favourite thing about Leander are the mattresses, ‘they are so comfy and extra long – 8 ft!’

David Few

Height: 190cm
Year of birth: 1999
Home town: Reading
School: Henley College
University: N/A
First rowing club: Leander Club
Learned to row: 2014

David came to Leander in 2014 after having been scouted by Leander’s talent ID programme at his local school in Reading. This ID programme selects boys from local schools who have the necessary attributes to be a successful oarsman, such as height, weight and a certain level of fitness. David rows in the junior section of the Leander academy. This allows him to balance his studies and row at the highest level. He studies A levels in Maths, Geography and Chemistry at Henley College. Like all the other junior rowers at Leander studying at Henley College, David also studies the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellent (ACE), which gives students a background coaching, nutrition, finances and sporting physiology.
Since learning to row with Leander, David has had a very successful rowing career. His proudest achievement so far winning silver in junior 16 doubles at the British Rowing Championships.
David said his favourite thing about training at Leander is the subsidised crew food, ‘nothing beats the Leander lasagne after a tough training session!’