Stephen Rowbotham

Steve was selected in the men’s double scull for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and won a bronze medal.

Steve won the first GB Olympic Class sculling medal for more than 20 years with Matt Wells in the double at the 2006 Eton World Championships.

In the 2007 World Cup Series, Steve won silver and gold in the double with Matt Wells and went on to place 4th at the World Championships in Munich.  In the 2008 World Cup Series, they raced in the double at the first and second regattas winning gold and silver.

Steve started his sporting career as a top level tennis player, playing county and regional level before moving to Belgium for three and a half years.  He learnt to row at Durham University in 2000 under Wade Hall–Craggs.  He graduated from Durham in 2003 and was selected for the World U23 Championships in a double scull with Alan Campbell but was unable to compete.

Steve won a silver medal in the single at the FISU World University Championships in 2004, his first major international success after the frustration of narrowly missing selection for the Olympic Games in Athens.

In 2005 he was third in the men’s single at the GB Rowing Senior Trials and raced in the quad at the World Cup regattas, finishing 6th at Eton, fourth at Munich and then becoming the first British crew to win a world level medal in the men’s quad by taking the bronze in Lucerne.

At the 2005 World Championships in Gifu, Japan, the men’s quad hoped to reach the final but fell just short of their target.  However, they bounced back to win the B final.

In 2006 with Matthew Wells he was a finalist at the Munich World Cup, won a bronze in Poznan and finished off with a silver in Lucerne.  They rounded off the season with a great performance on home water to take the bronze medal in the double scull at the World Championships at Eton.

Steve is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

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Personal information
Date of birth:

11 November 1981






Durham University

Rowing information

Leander Club


Men’s Double Scull




Mark Earnshaw

Learnt to row:

Durham University

Original Club(s):

Durham University

Original Coach:

Wade Hall–Craggs

GB Competitive Record
Olympic Games
2008 Bronze M2x
World Rowing Championships
2007 4th M2x
2006 Bronze M2x
2005 7th M4x
FISU World University Rowing Championships
2004 Silver M1x

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