Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

 Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials, Nathaniel and Alan Sinclair finished 7th in the men's pair. Joined by Tom Ransley and Scott Durant, they won gold in the men's four at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, successfully defending Britain's title. The same crew raced at the second World Cup in Varese, finishing fifth. At the third World Cup event in Lucerne, the four raced well in the B final to finish 3rd, 9th overall. Nathaniel raced in the men’s coxed pair with Mat Tarrant and Henry Fieldman at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, winning gold by a clear margin of 6 seconds. 

In 2014 Nathaniel started the season at the European Championships in Belgrade in the men's pair with Alan Sinclair, finishing 4th. For the second World Cup Regatta in Aiguebelette Nathaniel moved to the men's eight where the crew won a fine silver medal. Remaining in the eight for the final World Cup Regatta in Lucerne, Nathaniel and the crew secured a bronze medal. Nathaniel was then selected to race in the eight for the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. In a thrilling finale to the Championships, Nathaniel and his crew mates took gold, defending the historic title won in 2013. In the final three boats, GB, Germany & Poland were in the race. With great strength GB took it on in the middle 'k' to lead by about half a length, neither Germany nor Poland were able to catch GB who took gold and the World Title convincingly.

During the 2013 Season Nathaniel raced in the men's four with Scott Durant, Matthew Tarrant and Alan Sinclair. In the World Cup series they finished 4th in Sydney, won a silver medal at Eton Dorney and finished 10th in Lucerne.  At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju they finished 5th overall.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
For the first World Cup of the 2012 season in Belgrade, Nathaniel raced in the men's eight.  The crew won a silver medal, finishing 3 seconds behind the German eight.  For the second World Cup in Lucerne, Nathaniel raced with Cameron Nichol in the second men's pair and won the "B final", finishing 7th overall.  At Munich World Cup the same pairing finished 9th.

During the 2011 World Cup Series Nathaniel raced in the men's eight, taking a silver medal behind Germany in Munich and a bronze in Lucerne.  At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Natahniel and crew mates Alex Partridge, James Foad, Cameron Nichol, Mohamed Sbihi, Greg Searle, Tom Ransley, Dan Ritchie and (cox) Phelan Hill won a silver medal after rowing through opposition from Canada and Australia. Germany won the gold.

Nathaniel raced in the men's four at the 2010 World Rowing U23 Championships in Brest, Belarus where he won a silver medal.  After winning their heat and semi-final, the four won a creditable silver ahead of Australia. Nathaniel also raced in the men's eight at Munich and Bled World Cups in 2010 winning bronze and gold respectively.  He then went with the British Team to the World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, as a spare.

He was the men's sweep spare at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan.  This followed a successful season in which he won a bronze medal at the World U23 Championships in the men's eight and raced in the second men's four at the Munich World Cup regatta.

Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
In 2008 he took 5th place in the men's eight at the U23 Worlds and 6th place at the European Rowing Championships. 

Nathaniel was a captain of the Great Britain squad that competed at the 2007 Youth Olympic Festival in Australia, he won three medals: two golds in the coxless four and the pair, and silver in the eight.  That year he raced at the World U23 Championships in the men's eight and finished 6th.

In 2006 he became World Junior Champion in the men's four.

In 2005 he raced at the World Junior Championships in the coxed four which finished 7th overall.  At U16 level, he competed in the pair in the J16 GB-France Match.  Both he and the GB team won the match.

Nathaniel started rowing at St Leonard's School at age 12. He has represented Great Britain at various levels during his rowing career, and has also achieved success domestically within rowing, notably winning the Prince Albert Challenge Cup, the student coxed fours event, at Henley Royal Regatta in 2007.

Beyond the Boat
Nathaniel – universally known as Noddy – enjoys many sports including football, cycling, running and rugby. He would like to play second-row for the Irish rugby team but acknowledges he has “neither the skill or the experience to pull this off”. Rowing is in the family, with his mother and two cousins also having rowed for St Leonard's School Boat Club.

He is a law graduate from University College London but has a wide range of post-rowing career interests, including advertising, finance and behavioural economics. Advertising guru Ted Sutherland would be one of Noddy’s ideal dinner-party guests along with his two grandfathers. “They died when I was just starting to realise they were people with their own stories, I’d love to pick their brains.”

Noddy enjoys discovering new places and experiencing the local culture. “Take me to Singapore for satay, New York for the Maloney & Porchelli wine menu or an Irish village pub for Guinness.” A fan of Have I Got News For You and Dumb and Dumber, Noddy says he “can mow a lawn like no other”.

Nathaniel is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Place of Birth: Ealing
Current Address: Richmond-upon-Thames
Home Town: Durham
Personal information
Date of Birth: 13th April 1988
Height: 192cm
Education: St Leonard's School, University of London
Rowing information
Club: University of London Boat Club
Boat: Men's Coxed Pair
Role: Rower

Christian Felkel

Learnt to Row: St Leonard's School Boat Club
Original Club(s): St Leonard's School Boat Club
Original Coach(es):

Bill Parker

GB Competitive Record
This Season's Results
World Cup III - Lucerne 9th M4-
World Cup II - Varese 5th M4-
World Championships
2015 Gold M2+
2014 Gold M8+
2013 5th M4-
2011 Silver M8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2010 Silver M4-
2009 Bronze M8+
2008 5th M8+
2007 6th M8+
World Rowing Junior Championships
2006 Gold M4-
2005 7th M4+
European Rowing Championships
2015 Gold M4-
2014 4th M2-
2008 6th M8+
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2015 7th M2-
2013, 2014 3rd M2-
2010 7th M2-