Zac Purchase, MBE, is only 26 but he already has Olympic gold and three world titles on his CV.
His partnership with Mark Hunter in the men’s lightweight double scull has been formidable since they came together five years ago.
In 2008 they went unbeaten, winning gold at the Beijing Olympics, claiming Team GB’s first-ever rowing lightweight gold medal.
He has never failed to medal at a World Championships and on his way to winning global gold in the lightweight single scull in 2006 he set a new world’s best time.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Purchase won silver in the men's Lightweight double scull (LM2x) with partner Mark Hunter.