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Lightweight four take British silver

Great Britain's lightweight men's four rowing crew won a silver medal after being pipped to the line by new Olympic champions South Africa in a ...

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Rowers back on gold trail

Great Britain will chase more gold-medal glory on the rowing lake at Eton Dorney on Thursday as three crews head into finals.

The British...

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British crews bid to stay in medal mode

Great Britain will chase more gold medal glory on the rowing lake at Eton Dorney on Thursday as three crews head into final action.

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GB four impress in semi

The Great Britain lightweight men's four rowing crew underlined their Olympic gold medal potential with a commanding semi-final victory at Eton ...

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GB rowers through to final

Great Britain women's eight qualified for the Olympic final after finishing fourth in the rowing repechage at Eton Dorney.

The race was w...

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Medal Record

London 2012
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  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

During the 2012 World Cup Season, Bill and crewmate Sam Townsend raced in a newly formed men's double scull. The duo won a silver medal in Belgrade and finished 6th in Lucerne.

At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 10/11 March at Eton/Dorney, Bill came 11th in the men's single scull.

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Bill raced in the men's quadruple scull with crewmates Tom Solesbury, Stephen Rowbotham and Sam Townsend, finishing 7th.

During the 2011 World Cup Series, Bill and crewmates Tom Solesbury, Stephen Rowbotham, and Sam Townsend raced in the men's quadruple sculls, taking 4th place in Munich and an excellent silver medal in Lucerne. This followed a win at Henley Royal Regatta where the crew beat the 2010 World Champions, Croatia, convincingly in the final.

In challenging conditions on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Bill and his crewmates Charles Cousins, Sam Townsend and Stephen Rowbotham in the men's quadruple scull, reached a creditable 5th place at the 2010 World Rowing Championships.  They are the first GB men's crew in this discipline to reach a world championships final since 1982.

For the 2010 World Cup Series Bill raced at Bled in the GB second men's double scull with Sam Townsend, gaining a silver medal in a remarkable GB "one-two" behind Matthew Wells and Marcus Bateman.  For the next two World Cups, Munich and Lucerne, he raced in the men's quad where he won a bronze medal on both occasions.  This World Cup season saw the quad step up and establish themselves as serious contenders on the World Stage.

Bill rowed originally at Dart Totnes Rowing Club and he credits his first coach and mentor Will Hawkyard with much of his early success.   He was discovered through the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme, sponsored by Siemens, in 2004 and in 2005 he rowed in the GB junior quad at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, finishing 5th.  He took a gap year from the GB Rowing Team in 2006 to complete his A Levels and in 2007 was selected for the World U23 Championships winning a bronze medal in the double with Charles Cousins.  That same year he was also a reserve for the senior team. 

In 2008 Bill was part of the men's quad which narrowly missed Olympic qualification.  He then teamed up again with Cousins at the World U23 Championships where they showed their class winning the gold medal to become World U23 Champions.

Although still U23 Bill Lucas gained a place in the senior men's quad for the 2009 World Cups in Banyoles and Lucerne, winning silver at each.   Unfortunately he then came down with an illness and was unable to compete at the World Championships in Poznan.

Bill graduated in Politics and International Relations from Reading University.  His best non rowing achievement was climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2004.