Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE
At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Andy won an historic gold medal in the men's eight.
During the 2013 World Cup Series, Andy raced in the men's eight winning gold at the Sydney and Eton Dorney Regattas and finishing 4th in Lucerne.
At the 2013 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials held on 20/12 April at Caversham, Andy and Mohamed Sbihi won the men's pair.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Andrew raced in the men's four with Alex Gregory, Pete Reed and Tom James. Despite pressure from the experienced Australian crew, they led their final from the start to become Olympic Champions.
Andrew, a former Oxford Blue, won gold in Beijing in a thrilling race over Australia and France. He was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours list in recognition of his achievement.
During the 2012 World Cup Season, Andrew 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, Andrew raced in the men's pair with Pete Reed. After dominating their heat and semi-final, the duo were unfortunate to come up against the reigning World Champions from New Zealand. Despite the disappointment of a silver medal for the British pair, both pairs remain comfortably ahead of the rest of the world
During the 2011 World Cup Series, Andrew and crewmate Pete Reed in the men's pair won gold at Munch and silver in Lucerne behind New Zealand.
At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Andrew won the men's pair with Pete Reed in a time of 6:37.50 - his seventh pairs' title.
At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, in the men's pair, Andrew with crewmate Pete Reed again came up against the reigning World Champions, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond of New Zealand in front of their home crowd, and won silver after an epic struggle just three-tenths of a second behind the New Zealanders. Greece took the bronze.
Andrew started rowing at Staffordshire University because he wanted to improve his fitness and participate in an athletic sport that was "more serious than rugby".
After graduating in 2000, he moved to London and joined Molesey Boat Club. Andrew made huge progress that winter and in spite of his lack of rowing experience he was selected for the 2001 GB Team for the World U23 Championships in which he finished 6th in the coxed four.
In 2002 Andrew won his first GB senior vest in the eight, which won a place in the World Championships' final in Seville and finished in 6th place.
The following year saw Andrew back in the eight. The crew improved throughout the season and showed their class at the World Championships in Milan by qualifying for the final and the Athens Olympics by taking 2nd place in their semi final, splitting the 2002 silver and bronze medallists. In the final they raced in a leading pack of three, finishing with a very creditable bronze medal.
Andrew began 2004 by winning the men's pairs event at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials with Alex Partridge and was selected for the men's eight that went to the Olympic Games in Athens and finished 9th.
In 2005 he returned to University, this time at Oxford, where he studied for a postgraduate degree. He stroked the winning Oxford Blue Boat in the 151st University Boat Race and then went on to win the gold medal in the new men's four at the 2005 World Championships in Japan with Pete Reed, Steve Williams and Alex Partridge. This combination continued together in 2006 winning World gold again, this time in front of their home crowd at the Eton/Dorney Championships, now named as the 2012 Olympic venue.
In 2007 the four had a mixed season finishing 4th at the World Championships in Munich.
After a challenging 2008 season beset by injury, at the Olympic Games in Beijing the men's four of Andrew, Pete Reed, Steve Williams and Tom James emerged as once more the crew to beat. At the semi-final stage, where all three of the 2007 World Championship medal boats were eliminated, they produced an excellent performance to win. Their final proved to be a dramatic battle, but by digging really deep with only 220m to go, the crew drew alongside the Australians who had led the race from the start and then broke through to win in 6:06.57. A superb achievement.
In 2009 Andrew changed boat and teamed up with fellow Olympian Pete Reed, coached by Jürgen Grobler, to race the men's pair. This new pairing won gold and two silvers in the World Cup series and at the world Rowing Championships in Poznan pushed the New Zealanders to within one second of Pinsent & Cracknell's World Record time of 6:14 to win a superb silver medal with Greece taking bronze.
After achieving his Masters in Water Science, Policy & Management, Andrew's association with Thames Water has developed into an ambassadorial role supporting the company to make the tideway a better place to row.
He is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.