Stephen Rowbotham

Stephen Rowbotham


  • Event Quadruple scull (M4x)
  • Date of Birth 11/11/1981
  • Born Swindon
  • Coach Mark Banks


During the 2012 World Cup Series, Stephen 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, Stephen came 4th in the men's single scull.

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

During the 2011 World Cup Series, Stephen and crewmates Tom Solesbury, Bill Lucas 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, Stephen and his crewmates Charles Cousins, Sam Townsend and Bill Lucas 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.

Stephen 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.

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 that year 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 raced in the men's quad, becoming the first British crew to win a world level medal in this class by taking the bronze in Lucerne and followed this with 7th place at the World Championships.

In 2006 with Matt Wells in the men's double scull, Steve took World Championship bronze and was 4th in the same boat in 2007. 

He won a bronze medal in the men's double scull at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games showing real class in a very challenging field, missing silver by four hundredths of a second.  This was the first British men's Olympic sculling medal since 1976 and the culmination of an exceptional 3 years in the double with Matt Wells. 

In 2009 Steve raced in the World Cup Series, winning gold in the M2x in Banyoles.  At the World Championships in Poznan he and his partner Matt Wells narrowly missed an A-final place, a disappointment as Olympic medallists, and then unfortunately Wells was unable to race in the B-final due to injury.

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