Alex Gregory MBE
Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials, Alex and Mohamed Sbihi won the men's pair event for a second successive season. The pair then moved into the men's eight for the start of the 2015 racing season, winning a silver medal at the European Rowing Championships in Poland. At the second World Cup event in Varese, the eight won gold, beating the current European champions, Germany. In a tense final at the third World Cup in Lucerne, the men's eight took an impressive gold; they led the field from 600m and finished just ahead of Germany.
Alex, together with Andrew Triggs Hodge, Mohamed Sbihi and George Nash, formed the 'new look' men's four at the start of the 2014 racing season. The crew won gold at the 2014 European Championships in Belgrade, the Rowing World Cup in Aiguebelette and the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne. They arrived at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam unbeaten, having dominated their event all season. During the Championships they were never really challenged and with power and technical superiority they took the lead in their Final from the start and moved out to clear water in the third quarter with devastating pace to win gold and reclaim the title won by GB at London 2012.
During the 2013 World Cup season Alex raced in the men's eight winning gold in Sydney and finishing 4th in Lucerne. At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Alex won an historic gold medal in the men's eight.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 - 2012
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 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.
At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, held at Eton/Dorney, Alex came second in the men's pair with Tom James. During the 2011 World Cup Series, Alex won gold in the men's four in both Munich and Lucerne. 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.
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. 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.
Alex is a product of the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme, 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 proved themselves worthy winners of the gold medal, almost 2 seconds ahead of Australia with Slovenia in third.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
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 came 15th in the quadruple scull at the 2007 World Championships in Munich having raced in that boat through the 2007 World Cup series.
At the World U23 Championships in 2006 Alex was 8th in the single and in 2005 he was 4th in the double scull.
Athens 2004 Olympiad: 2001 - 2004
Alex gained his first GB vest in 2004 at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Poland, finishing 11th in the quad.
Alex learnt to row at Evesham where he was coached by Mark Earnshaw, at that time a history teacher locally. They teamed up again when Alex won a place at Reading University and Mark became one of GB Rowing Team’s first Start coaches.
Since graduating in 2006, Alex has been a full member of the men’s squad and was awarded the MBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.
Beyond the Boat
Alex is dad to one-year-old Daisy and five-year-old Jasper, so ‘relaxing’ at home involves heading out into the garden to climb trees, running around like army men or walking the family’s new cocker spaniel puppy. After cleaning up, catching up with correspondence and fitting in a quick TV show – his favourite is Countryfile – Alex says he is asleep before lights out “without fail”.
Before taking up rowing seriously, Alex took part in a British Schools Exploring Society expedition to the Arctic Island of Svalbard – a “weird but wonderful experience” where he spent four weeks studying a remote glacial valley, climbing mountains and exploring the ice cap without once seeing the sun set.
He still loves travelling the world and describes his ideal post-rowing job as either exploring and mountaineering or keeping and studying animals. David Attenborough and Ernest Shackleton are unsurprisingly two of his dream dinner guests, along with Gareth from The Office.
Alex is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.