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Greg Searle MBE
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Greg won a bronze medal in the men's eight.
During the 2012 World Cup Series, Greg raced in the men's eight. In Belgrade, the crew won a silver medal finishing 3 seconds behind the German eight. The crew won silver once again in Lucerne but closed the gap to just over 1 second. The crew won a bronze medal in Munich.
For the first World Cup of the 2012 season in Belgrade, Greg raced in the men's eight with James Foad, Alex Partridge, Richard Egington, Tom Ransley, Mohamed Sbihi, Matthew Langridge, Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell and (cox) Phelan Hill. The crew won a silver medal, finishing 3 seconds behind the German eight.
At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 10/11 March at Eton/Dorney, Greg and crew mate Tom Ransley came sixth in the men's pair.
During the 2011 World Cup Series Greg raced in the men's eight, taking a silver medal behind Germany in Munich and a bronze in Lucerne.
At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Greg took 3rd place in the men's pair with Cameron Nichol.
At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Greg won his first Worlds medal since 1997 - a fine silver medal in the eight. This was an excellent step on for the crew, who were only six-tenths of a second behind the reigning world champions, Germany, as they crossed the line. The bronze medal went to Australia.
For the 2010 World Cup Series Greg moved to sweep rowing and raced in the men's eight, winning a gold medal in Bled - his first international race for ten years - a bronze in Munich and taking another bronze in Lucerne which was a significant step up for the crew given the calibre of the field there.
Greg started rowing in 1985 after watching his brother Jonny win the Pricess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and Martin Cross win Gold at the LA Olympics in 1984. He rowed for Hampton School until 1990. He remembers these as some of the best years' rowing and training he ever did. In 1988 he was selected in the coxed pair for the Junior World Championships where he finished fourth. For the following two years he was in the junior coxless four and he became only the second British junior (after Tim Foster) to win two World Championships gold medals.
After leaving school he moved from Hampton to Molesey Boat Club and straight into the GB team. Greg won his second junior gold in 1990 and became the first athlete to achieve selection for both senior and junior World Championships in the same year by gaining a seat in the men's eight alongside brother Jonny. This young, newly-formed, eight were placed fourth in Tasmania, only inches behind the East Germans. The Searle brothers were in the eight again for the 1991 World Championships and returned from Vienna with a bronze medal.
Through the winter of 1991/92 Greg and Jonny trained in a coxless pair under the tutelage of Steve Gunn, their former school coach and won the National Spring Trial. They then decided to aim for the coxed event and enlisted their cox from the 1991 eight, Garry Herbert, and settled down to form a crew. Their epic race in the Olympic final is now world famous. They rowed down the Abbagnale brothers, nine times World Champions and twice Olympic Champions, to take the gold medal on the line and provide a breath-taking spectacle.
In 1993 at the World Championships in Prague, the Searles cemented their reputation by taking the coxed pairs title away from the Abbagnales. The coxed pair had by then been removed from the Olympic programme and in 1994 Greg switched, with Jonny, to the coxless four. They were joined by Tim Foster and fellow old-Hamptonian Rupert Obholzer with whom they had rowed in the 1991 eight. Under the supervision of Steve Gunn they began their Olympic campaign with a bronze medal at the World Championships in Indianapolis and built on it in Tampere in 1995 by bringing home the silver medal, narrowly losing to the Italians.
Greg travelled to his second Olympics as a serious medal contender. Once again the Searle brothers were at the centre of the most exciting race of the Olympic Regatta, but were disappointed to come out with the bronze medal.
Having decided to switch to sculling for the 1997 season Greg asked Harry Mahon to coach him. Winning the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta, in front of a home crowd, gave him a big boost and helped carry him through to the toughest of racing later on at the Worlds in Aiguebelette. In winning the bronze medal at the 1997 World Championships Greg surprised almost everyone, perhaps even himself.
At the World Championships in 1998 Greg finished 5th, also in the single.
In 2000 he moved back to sweep and paired with Ed Coode, World Champion in the M4- from the previous year. They showed promising speed at the first two rounds of the World Cup, picking up bronze medals in Munich and Vienna.
In their Olympic final in Sydney they led to 1250m but could not hold an inspired French pair and succumbed in the last 15 strokes to USA and Australia to finish just outside the medals; a crushing fourth place.
Greg stepped out of rowing in 2001 to take up the position as grinder in the America's Cup team. He competed in the A.C.Challenger Series in 2002 with GBR Challenge.
Greg came out of International retirement in the autumn of 2009 and trained with the GB Senior Squad during the winter where he did very well at the Winter Assessment. He wants to do something special with this phase of his life while he feels he still has the physical capability to compete again and win on the World stage. He hopes that good performances at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials will put him on the road towards another shot at the Olympics in 2012.
Greg is now a proud father of two - Josie aged 9 and Adam aged 6. He wants to be a good role model to them. He likes the idea of being able to inspire others through his actions.
He has worked as a management consultant at Lane 4 Management Group since 1997, a company set up by Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse, working with senior executives as a personal coach or facilitating team meetings and running developmental workshops.
Greg is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.