Mark Hunter, MBE, made British Olympic history at Beijing 2008, partnering Zac Purchase to Team GB’s firstever rowing lightweight gold medal.
He took a break from competition after the Games, moving to California to work as a rowing coach at UCLA.
Hunter returned in 2010 to win the first of two consecutive world titles, again with Purchase.
Nicknamed ‘Pretty Boy’, he is a licensed Waterman and Lighterman on the River Thames and is now a Freeman of the Thames.
He describes himself as an eternal fan of Take That, American Football team the San Francisco 49ers, chocolate and cheese.
Hunter was named the British Olympic Association’s Rowing Athlete of the Year in 2011.
At the 2012 Olymics in London Hunter won silver in men's Lightweight Double Sculls with partner Zac Purchase.