Charles Cousins

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 13th Dec 1988 (27 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 198.00
Hometown: Willingham

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

Charles Cousins is among the GB Rowing Team men’s scullers looking to make history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The GB Rowing Team Start Programme graduate has already helped the men’s quadruple scull set new medal milestones at the World Championships.

Now Charles, who raced in the final at London 2012, is aiming to be part of the first-ever GB men’s quad to stand on an Olympic podium.

Charles has helped the men’s quadruple scull set new medal milestones at the World Championships

On The Water

2014

World and European Silver Medallist Men's Quadruple Scull

2013

World Bronze Medallist Men's Quadruple Scull

2012

Olympic Finalist Men's Quadruple Scull

2008

World U23 Champion Men's Double Scull

2007

World U23 Bronze Medallist Men's Double Scull

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016

After winning the men’s single scull at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials for a third successive year, injury forced Charles to miss the first three regattas of 2015 but he returned help to qualify the men’s quad for Rio 2016 with a fourth-placed finish at the World Championships in Aiguebelette.

Charles has been in the quad throughout the Rio Olympiad, which started with a gold medal at the Sydney World Cup. The now familiar line-up of Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles and Peter Lambert raced together for the first time at Eton Dorney. They finished fifth there and, with Jonny Walton subbing for the injured Graeme in Lucerne, improved to fourth before winning bronze at the 2013 World Championships in Chungju – the first-ever World medal for a GB men’s quad.

The crew continued to make great strides during 2014, winning silver at the European Championships in Belgrade before adding World Cup gold in both Aiguebelette and Lucerne. Mature and confident performances saw them win their heat and semi-final at the World Championships in Amsterdam to set up a showdown with Ukraine, who had beaten GB to the European title. The final was close-fought but Ukraine were just able to hold off a dramatic late surge from the Brits, who missed out on gold by just nine-hundredths of a second.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Still an U23, Charles established himself in the senior quad in 2009 and won World Cup silver in Banyoles and Lucerne. However, illness struck the crew just before the World Championships in Poznan and they had to withdraw after their heat.

They enjoyed better fortunes the following year in New Zealand as Charles, Sam Townsend, Bill Lucas and Stephen Rowbotham became the first GB men’s quad to reach a World Championship final since 1982, finishing fifth. They also won bronze medals at the World Cups in Munich and Lucerne.

After missing 2011 through injury, Charles returned to the quad in 2012. They finished seventh at the World Cups in Belgrade and Lucerne before improving to fourth in Munich. Charles was selected for his Olympic debut and reached the final at London 2012, finishing fifth alongside Stephen Rowbotham, Tom Solesbury and Matt Wells.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
2012 5th M4x
Olympic Games:
2012
5th
M4x

World Rowing Championships
2015 4th M4x
2014 M4x
2013 M4x
2010 5th M4x
World Rowing Championships:
2015
4th
M4x
World Rowing Championships:
2014
M4x
World Rowing Championships:
2013
M4x
World Rowing Championships:
2010
5th
M4x

European Rowing Championships
2015 M4x
2014 M4x
2008 11th M2x
European Rowing Championships:
2015
M4x
European Rowing Championships:
2014
M4x
European Rowing Championships:
2008
11th
M2x

World Rowing U23 Championships
2008 M2x
2007 M2x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2008
M2x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2007
M2x

World Rowing Junior Championships
2006 5th M2-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2006
5th
M2-

GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2015 1st M1x
2014 1st M1x
2013 1st M1x
2012 3rd M1x
2010 5th M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
1st
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
1st
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013
1st
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
3rd
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2010
5th
M1x

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Charles made his way into the sport by completing testing for the GB Rowing Team’s Start Programme at his local school and joining Rob Roy BC where he was taught to row by Adrian Cassidy.

He made his GB Rowing Team debut at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Amsterdam, finishing fifth in the men’s pair with Moe Sbihi, and raced with Bill Lucas in the double scull throughout 2007, appearing at two senior World Cups before winning bronze at the World U23 Championships in Glasgow.

They returned to the World U23s the following season to win a brilliant gold in Brandenburg and they also finished 11th at the European Championships in Athens. Charles was also part of the men’s quad that narrowly missed out on Beijing Olympic qualification during the 2008 World Cup series.

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Men's Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Paul Stannard
Learnt to Row: Rob Roy in GB Rowing's World Class Start Programme
Original Club(s): Rob Roy, Reading University Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Adrian Cassidy

Beyond the Boat

Charles is currently studying for a degree in Psychology at Reading University. When not rowing, he enjoys traveling, scuba diving, playing guitar and learning foreign languages.

He is an Athlete Mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and a Sporting Champions Mentor for Sport England.

Charles is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region(s)
Cambridge Cottenham Willingham Cambridge
Place of Birth:
Cambridge
Current Address:
Cottenham
Home Town:
Willingham
Region(s):
Cambridge

Date of Birth Weight Height
13th December 1988 96kg 198cm
Date of Birth:
13th December 1988
Weight:
96kg
Height:
198cm

Education
Reading University
Education:
Reading University