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11.5 Olympic Rowing News: Team Biographies

TOM KAY LM2x
Date of Birth: 22/05/69
Place of Birth: London
Hometown: Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Current address: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Club: Notts. County R.A.
Height: 1:85m
Weight: 71kg
Coach: Alan Inns

 

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UK Sport’s World Class Performance Programme.

  

Background

As a three-times World Championship gold medallist Tom is one of the most successful members of the team and is preparing for his second Olympics.  He returned to the team last year after two years away from international competition during which time he became a father and revamped his business after having had to neglect it somewhat in the build up to the Atlanta Olympics. Having previously been a member of the sweep team Tom made his return through sculling and with partner Tim Male qualified the lightweight double scull for Sydney at the 1999 World Championships.

Tom started coxing at Marlow Rowing Club at the age of nine.  He took up rowing and made his international debut in 1987 at the Junior World Championships.  After spending a year in the French army Tom returned to Britain and joined the Notts. County Rowing Association (NCRA).  He was in the 1989 NCRA eight which dramatically beat Harvard in a re-row of the Ladies Plate final at Henley Royal Regatta.  The following year he was selected for the British lightweight eight that won a bronze medal at the World Championships.

In 1991 Tom became a World Champion in the lightweight coxless four.  The same crew successfully defended their title in 1992 in Canada, but couldn’t quite keep the momentum through to the 1993 World Championships where they had to settle for fifth place.  The following year Tom was selected for the lightweight eight and, after an epic struggle against the Danish eight, returned from Indianapolis with his third World gold medal.  Tom was back in the four for the 1995 World Championships in Finland.  Competition was exceptionally fierce in this new Olympic event and the crew finished fifth, gaining a coveted pre-qualified place at the Atlanta Games.  He maintained his place in the boat and came home from the Olympics having placed tenth.

Competitive Record

Olympic Games                                     

1996     10th      Lightweight four                      

World Championships

1999     9th        Lightweight double scull

1995     5th        Lightweight four   

1994     gold      Lightweight eight

1993     5th        Lightweight four

1992     gold    Lightweight four

1991     gold    Lightweight four

1990     bronze Lightweight eight

World Junior Rowing Championships    

1987     7th       Junior coxless pair         

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