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Cousins denies Campbell record breaking ninth GB title

Charles Cousins denied Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell a record ninth successive single sculls title at the GB Rowing Trials in Caversham...

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Grainger and Watkins strike gold

Katherine Grainger's quest for Olympic glory is over after she won a sensational gold medal with Anna Watkins in the women's double scull.

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Nash and Satch bag bronze

George Nash and William Satch delivered Great Britain's fourth rowing medal of the Olympic Games by winning a bronze in the men's pair.

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Quadruple scullers finish fifth

Great Britain's men's quadruple sculls crew came fifth in the opening rowing race of Friday's finals session.

Germany took the gold with ...

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Grainger eyes career-defining gold

Katherine Grainger was today heading into the race she hoped would define her career.

After three consecutive silver medals and 12 years ...

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

During the 2012 World Cup Series, Charles raced in the men's quadruple scull finishing 7th in both Belgrade and Lucerne.

At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 10/11 March at Eton/Dorney, Charles came 3rd in the men's single scull.

In challenging conditions on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Charles and his crewmates Sam Townsend, Bill Lucas 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.

Charles raced in the men's quadruple scull at two of the three World Cups of the 2010 Series, Munich and Lucerne, and won a bronze medal on both occasions.  This World Cup season had seen the quad step up and establish themselves as serious contenders on the World Stage.

He was selected for the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme, sponsored by Siemens, after being tested at his local school and joined Rob Roy Boat Club where he was taught to row by Adrian Cassidy. 

Charles' first GB vest was at the 2006 World Junior Championships where he finished 5th in the pair with Mohamed Sbihi.  In his first U23 year in 2007 he gained GB selection and won a bronze in the double scull with Bill Lucas at the World U23 Championships.

In 2008 he was part of the men's quad which narrowly missed Olympic qualification.  He then teamed up again with Bill Lucas at the World U23 Championships where they showed their class winning the gold medal to become World U23 Champions.  He also took part in the European Championships that year in the men's double scull with Bill Lucas.

Alhough still under 23 Charles established himself in the senior men's quad in the 2009 World Cup series, winning silver in Banyoles and Lucerne and taking 4th place in Munich, and was selected in the men's quad for the World Championships in Poznan.  The boat had a good chance of contending for a final place at the Worlds but bad luck struck when half of the crew had to withdraw through illness or injury.  A real shame. 

Charles is currently studying for a degree in Psychology at Reading University.

He is a Rubik's cube enthusiast.