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Oliver James

Oliver was born and grew up in Stevenage in 1990. Attending Roebuck Primary School and then Collenswood and Nobel Secondary Schools.

He first became interested in rowing about 10years old whilst being a member of the Stevenage Sea Cadets and rowing on Fairlands Valley Lakes. This interest grew when in 2009 he went to Warwick University to do a degree in Philosophy and joined the University Boat Club.

After leaving University he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in rowing and got offered a place at the renowned Leander Club in Henley on Thames. In 2013 he was selected to join the GB Paralympic Rowing Squad as Coxswain in the LTAmix4+ boat and went on to win many achievements including three Gold World Cup medals, three World Championships In 2013 (South Korea), 2014 (Amsterdam) and 2015 (Aiguebelette), holding the World Best Record Time and then finally winning Gold at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio (the only person other than Tom Hampton in 1932 to achieve a Gold in an Olympic/Paralympic games). In 2017 he was honoured with an MBE from the Queen for Services to Rowing.

In 2017 he took up a position as Head of Rowing at a School Academy in London as is now coaching the next generation of Olympic Rowers!