Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
Alan has his sights on a place in the GB Rowing Team for the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette in September but missed the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan with a minor injury. Back on racing form, Alan finished fifth at the second World Cup in Varese, and took bronze at the third World Cup in Lucerne after a sprint for the line.
Alan was a finalist in the men's single scull at the 2014 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade but his season was cut short by illness.
Throughout the 2013 season Alan raced in his single. At the second and third World Cup regattas of the season Alan won a silver medal at Eton Dorney and placed 6th in Lucerne. At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju Alan finished in a creditable 4th place.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 - 2012
At the 2012 World Cup regattas, racing in the men's single scull, Alan won silver in Belgrade, finished 4th in Lucerne and won a bronze in Munich. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Alan won the bronze medal, with his long-term rivals Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic taking silver and Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand the gold.
At the first World Cup of 2011 in Munich Alan finished 5th in the final of the men's single scull and was not able to race at Lucerne on medical grounds. At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Alan raced in the men's single scull winning the bronze medal.
Alan raced in all three 2010 World Cup regattas, taking silver behind Ondrej Synek at both Bled and Lucerne, and in Munich he finished 5th. At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Alan took bronze behind Ondrej Synek from the Czech Republic and rival Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand.
In the 2009 World Cup series he showed himself to be in the top rank, winning in Banyoles and taking silver in Munich against the Olympic medalists from Beijing. At the World Championships in Poznan Alan led for the first 750m of his final before Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand moved through just before half way Both scullers beat the former World's Best Time.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 - 2008
In 2008 Alan made a great start to his Olympic season by winning the World Cup in Munich. At the Lucerne World Cup he was placed 4th. However, he then suffered an infection which seriously affected his knee, requiring surgery, and meant it was "touch and go" whether he would race at the Olympics at all.
With fantasic back up from the medical and science teams, and strength of character from Alan and his coach Bill Barry, Alan raced in Beijing. Once there he claimed his place in the A Final finishing a creditable 5th.
In 2007 Alan finished 4th at the World Rowing Championships.
2006 saw him race in the single, winning the overall World Cup series and finishing 6th at the World Championships.
Alan made a strong start to the Beijing Olympiad and was a member of GB's first ever World Cup medal winning men's quad in 2005.
Athens 2004 Olympiad: 2001 – 2004
Alan represented GB in the quad at the Olympic Games in 2004, the crew came 12th.
Alan made his GB debut at the World U23 Championships in 2003 where he raced in the single scull, finishing 8th. A month before, Alan had made his mark by winning the Diamond Sculls at Henley.
Alan started rowing at school, Coleraine Academical Institution for Boys, in his home town in Northern Ireland and was then 'found' by Tideway Scullers School and encouraged to aim high through their development programme.
Beyond the Boat
He may be an Olympic medalist but Alan says his other sporting claim to fame is being one-and-a-half legs of the 2002 Wiltshire three-legged pub crawl winning team. His ideal dinner companions would be his wife and daughter plus Heston Blumenthal to do the cooking, although he is also partial to bucket chicken.
Alan is a big Rocky IV fan but, if he could be any other sportsperson for the day, would swap places with Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury.
Alan is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.