Sam Townsend

Sam Townsend

  • Event Double scull (M2x)
  • Date of Birth 11/26/1985
  • Born Reading, Berkshire
  • Coach Mark Earnshaw


During the 2012 World Cup Season, Sam and crewmate Bill Lucas 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, Sam came 7th in the men's single scull.

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

During the 2011 World Cup Series, Sam and crewmates Tom Solesbury, Stephen Rowbotham and Bill Lucas 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.

At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Sam took third place in the men's single scull.

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

For the 2010 World Cup Series Sam raced at Bled in the GB second men's double scull with Bill Lucas, 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 had seen the quad step up and establish themselves as serious contenders on the World Stage.

Sam attended Chiltern Edge School and previously played football and cricket winning the Berks and Bucks Cup (football) at the age of 16.  He was recruited at Chiltern Edge into the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme, sponsored by Siemens.

Sam was the British Junior Ergo Champion in 2003 (6.07.2) and won the U23 Ergo title in 2005 (5.56.2).  He competed for GB in the men's quadruple scull at the World U23 Championships in Poznan in 2004, finishing 11th, and then switched to the men's eight in 2005, finishing 10th in the World U23 Championships in Amsterdam.

A former British Junior Indoor Rowing Champion, Sam finished 15th in the quad at the 2007 World Championships.  In the 2008 World Cup series he was part of the men's quad which narrowly missed Olympic qualification.  That year Sam raced the single at the European Championships, just missing out on a place in the top six but creditably winning the B Final.

In 2009 Sam stroked the men's quad for the World Cup series, winning silver in Banyoles and Lucerne and taking 4th place in Munich.  He was selected in the men's quad for the 2009 World Championships in Poznan where the boat had a good chance of contending for a final place, but bad luck struck when half of the crew had to withdraw through illness or injury.  A real shame. 

He graduated from Reading University in the summer of 2010 with a 2:1 degree in Rural Environmental Science.

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