Bill Lucas

 Bill Lucas

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013- 2016
During the 2013 World Cup Season Bill won gold in the men's quadruple scull in Sydney.  For the Eton Dorney and Lucerne regattas he raced in the men's double scull with Matt Langridge finishing 3rd and 6th respectively.  At the World Rowing Championships in Chungju Bill and Matt finished 8th overall in the men’s double scull.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
In the build up to the Olympic Games Bill raced in the 2012 World Cup series in a newly formed men's double scull with Sam Townsend.  The duo won a silver medal in Belgrade, finished 6th in Lucerne and 4th in Munich.  At the 2012 Olympic Games in London Bill and Sam made the men’s double final and finished 5th.

Throughout 2011 Bill raced in the men's quadruple scull with Tom Solesbury, Stephen Rowbotham and Sam Townsend taking 4th place at Munich World Cup regatta and a silver medal in Lucerne.  This followed a win at Henley Royal Regatta where the crew beat the 2010 World Champions, Croatia in the final.  At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia the men's quad finished 7th.

For 2010’s World Cup series Bill raced at Bled in the GB second men's double scull with Sam Townsend, gaining a silver medal in a remarkable GB "one-two".  For the next two World Cups, Munich and Lucerne, he raced in the men's quad where he won a bronze medal on both occasions.  This World Cup season saw the quad step up and establish themselves as serious contenders on the world stage.  At the 2010 Rowing World Championships, Bill and his crewmates Charles Cousins, Sam Townsend and Stephen Rowbotham reached a creditable 5th place.  They were the first GB men's quadruple scull to reach a world championships final since 1982.

Although still U23 Bill gained a place in the senior men's quad for the 2009 World Cups in Banyoles and Lucerne, winning silver at each.  Unfortunately he then came down with an illness and was unable to compete at the World Championships in Poznan.

Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
In 2008 Bill was part of the men's quad which narrowly missed Olympic qualification.  He then teamed up again with Charles Cousins at the World U23 Championships where they showed their class winning the gold medal to become World U23 Champions.

In 2007 he was selected for the World U23 Championships winning a bronze medal in the double with Charles Cousins.  That same year he was also a reserve for the senior team.

He took a gap year from the GB Rowing Team in 2006 to complete his A Levels.

He was discovered through the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme in 2004 and in 2005 he rowed in the GB junior quad at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, finishing 5th.  

Beyond the Boat
Bill rowed originally at Dart Totnes Rowing Club and he credits his first coach and mentor Will Hawkyard with much of his early success.

Bill graduated in Politics and International Relations from Reading University.  His best non rowing achievement was climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2004.

Bill is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Place of Birth: Exeter
Current Address: Roehampton
Home Town: Kingswear
Region(s): Devon
Personal information
Date of Birth: 13th September 1987
Height: 198cm
Education: Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Reading University
Rowing information
Club: London Rowing Club
Boat: Men's Squad
Role: Rower

Mark Banks

Learnt to Row: GB Rowing Team's Start Programme
Original Club(s): Dart Totnes
Original Coach(es):

Will Hawkyard

GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results

Olympic Games


5th M2x
World Rowing Championships
2013 8th M2x
2011 7th M4x
2010 5th M4x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2008 Gold M2x
2007 Bronze M2x 
World Rowing Junior Championships
2005 5th M4x
European Rowing Championships
2008 11th M2x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2012 11 M1x
2010 3rd M1x