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Alex Gregory MBE
At the 2013 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials held on 20/12 April at Caversham, Alex and Pete Reed came 2nd in the men's pair.
At the 2013 Sydney World Cup I Alex raced in the Men's eight; along with Daniel Ritchie, Matt Gotrel, Lance Tredell, Mohamed Sbihi, Pete Reed, Tom Ransley, Andrew Triggs-Hodge and Phelan Hill (cox), in a change from the winning men's four as seen in the London 2012 Games. The change paid off as the men's eight raced well and earned a fine gold medal.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Alex raced in the men's four with Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs-Hodge. Despite pressure from the experienced Australian crew, the British four lead their final from the start to become Olympic Champions. Alex was awarded the MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
During the 2012 World Cup Season, Alex raced in the men's four. The newly formed crew won gold in both Belgrade and Lucerne. In Munich, the strong four from Australia pipped the British four to the post and took the gold.
At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Alex raced in the men's four with crewmates Matt Langridge, Richard Egington and Tom James, winning a fine gold medal ahead of Greece in second and Australia in third.
During the 2011 World Cup Series, the same line-up won gold in the men's four in both Munich and Lucerne
At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Alex came second in the men's pair with Tom James after a thrilling race with the successful World silver medallists in this discipline.
In challenging conditions on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Alex raced in the men's four at the 2010 World Rowing Championships and came a disappointing and unexpected 4th. He and his crewmates Alex Partridge, Ric Egington and Matt Langridge, got out to a long lead in the first half of the final but then did not cope well with the rough water and blustery wind and were unable to make any headway or find any rhythm. France, in an inside lane, won the gold medal, with Greece in second place and New Zealand taking bronze.
Alex raced in the men's four for the 2010 World Cup series, taking gold in Bled, bronze in Munich and an exceptional gold medal in Lucerne.
He learnt to row at Evesham where he was coached by Mark Earnshaw, at that time a history teacher locally. Mark became one of GB Rowing Team's first Start coaches and Alex won a place at Reading University where they teamed up again.
Alex gained his first GB vest in 2004 at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Poland, finishing 11th in the quad. At the World U23 Championships in 2005 he was 4th in the double and 8th in the single the following year. He graduated from Reading University in 2006 and has been a full member of the men's squad since then.
Alex came 15th in the quadruple scull at the 2007 World Championships in Munich having raced in that boat through the 2007 World Cup series. He was selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as a reserve, having narrowly missed out on qualifying the men's quad for the Games.
Alex is a product of the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme, sponsored by Siemens, and made a major step forward in 2009, winning the pair at the GB Rowing Senior Trials in his first season in 'sweep'. He established his place in the new GB four during the 2009 World Cup Series winning two golds and a bronze to take the overall 2009 title. He was the 'rookie' in the boat, racing with 3 experienced Olympians, all medallists from Beijing.
At the 2009 World Rowing Championships the four's main rivals were the Australian silver medal four from Beijing who had stayed together to avenge the GB victory at the Olympics. With such a new British crew, many believed that Australia would triumph. However this was not to be. GB proved themselves technically superior and rowed away with a great rhythm breaking contact soon after 1000m and were worthy winners of the gold medal, almost 2 seconds ahead of Australia with Slovenia in third.
Alex is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.