Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Charles won the men's single scull event for the third consecutive year. He was selected to race in the men's quadruple scull at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan but had to pull out through injury. Charles rejoined the crew for the World Championships in Aiguebelette, where they placed 4th – a good result despite the inconsistency of their season due to injury and illness.
Charles raced in the men's quadruple scull with Sam Townsend, Graeme Thomas and Pete Lambert throughout the 2014 racing season. The crew got the season off to a great start at the 2014 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade by winning silver, and followed this with superb gold medals at the second World Cup in Aiguebelette and final World Cup in Lucerne, establishing themselves as favourites to fight for the World title with Ukraine, who had won the European Championships. At the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam the crew won their heat and semi-final with mature and confident performances. In the Final GB and Ukraine dominated the field in a close-fought battle all along the course. Despite a GB surge in the last 250m, Ukraine just held on to take gold by 9 hundreths of a second. The silver won by Charles and his crewmates was an outstanding result and another 'best ever' for a GB senior quad.
Charles raced throughout the 2013 season in the men's quadruple scull, winning gold at the Sydney World Cup, finishing 5th at Eton Dorney and 4th in Lucerne. At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Charles, with crewmates Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend and Peter Lambert won a fine bronze medal which was GB's first quadruple scull medal at the Worlds of all time.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 - 2012
At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials Charles finished 3rd in the men's single scull. In the lead up to the London 2012 Games Charles raced in the World Cup Series in the men's quadruple scull finishing 7th in both Belgrade and Lucerne and 4th in Munich. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Charles raced in the men's quadruple scull with Stephen Rowbotham, Tom Solesbury and Matt Wells, finishing 5th.
Charles raced in the men's quadruple scull at two of the three World Cups of the 2010 Series, Munich and Lucerne, and 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 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand’s Lake Karapiro, Charles and his crewmates Sam Townsend, Bill Lucas and Stephen Rowbotham racing in the men's quadruple scull finished a creditable 5th. They were the first GB men's crew in this discipline to reach a world championship final since 1982.
In 2009, still under 23, Charles established himself in the senior men's quad for the World Cup series, winning silver in Banyoles and Lucerne and taking 4th place in Munich. He was selected in the men's quad for the World Championships in Poznan. The boat had a good chance of contending for a final place at the Worlds but bad luck struck when half of the crew had to withdraw through illness or injury.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 - 2008
Although U23 in 2008 he was part of the men's quad which narrowly missed Olympic qualification. He teamed up with Bill Lucas at the World U23 Champions where they became World U23 Champions in the men’s double scull. He also took part in the European Championships that year in the men's double again with Bill Lucas.
In his first U23 year in 2007 he gained GB selection and won a bronze in the double scull with Bill Lucas at the World U23 Championships. Charles' first GB vest was at the 2006 World Junior Championships where he finished 5th in the pair with Mohamed Sbihi.
He made his way into the sport by completing testing for the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme at his local school and joined Rob Roy Boat Club where he was taught to row by Adrian Cassidy.
Beyond the Boat
Charles is currently studying for a degree in Psychology at Reading University. He is a Rubik's cube enthusiast.
Charles is Lottery funded through UK Sport.