Alex Gregory MBE
Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
Alex, together with Andrew Triggs Hodge, Moe 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.
Beyond the Boat
Alex 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.
He graduated from Reading University in 2006 and has been a full member of the men's squad since then.
Alex was awarded the MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
He is dad to Jasper and Daisy.
Alex is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.