Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 - 2016
Phelan coxed the GB men's eight to two bronze medals this season, firstly at the 2014 European Championships in Belgrade and secondly at the final World Cup Regatta in Lucerne. Phelan was then selected to cox the men's eight at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. In a thrilling finale to the Championships, Phelan 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 told gold and the World Title convincingly.
During the 2013 World Cup series, Phelan coxed the men's eight which won gold in Sydney and at Eton Dorney and finished 4th in Lucerne. At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Phelan coxed the men's eight to an historic gold medal.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012
Phelan coxed the men’s eight in each of the four years of the London Olympiad.
During the 2012 World Cup Series the men's eight won silver in Belgrade and Lucerne and bronze in Munich and rounded off the season with an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 Games in London.
During the 2011 World Cup Series the men's eight took a silver medal behind Germany in Munich and a bronze in Lucerne. At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, they won a silver medal after rowing through opposition from Canada and Australia. Germany won the gold.
At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, Phelan and his crew won 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.
Phelan coxed the men's eight to a 5th place at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan, after the crew achieved a direct A-Final qualification from their heat by overhauling Australia on the last stroke. He had established his place in the boat during the 2009 World Cup series, winning bronze in Banyoles and Munich and 4th in Lucerne.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005 – 2008
2007 was Phelan's first year in the GB senior men's sweep team. He came 4th in the coxed four at the World Championships in Munich and also won gold in the eight at the World Cup in Amsterdam in June 2007.
Beyond the Boat
Phelan started coxing at Bedford School in 1995 to help some friends who were in need of a cox. He enjoyed it so much he decided to carry on and cox both at his school and his local rowing club.
On leaving school he took time off to concentrate on his studies and his professional career. He graduated from the University of Leicester in 2001 with a degree in Law, moving to York in 2002 to attend Law school before moving to London to work. That year he took up rowing again, joining London Rowing Club. In his first season there, he competed in the 2002 Commonwealth Championships winning gold in the lightweight eight for England. Since then Phelan has been an active member of London Rowing Club, winning Henley Royal Regatta and winning gold again in the 2006 Commonwealth Championships for England.
Phelan now works for HM Treasury, who are hugely supportive of his rowing career. When not rowing he enjoys improving his golf swing, travelling around the world and playing the didjeridoo.
Phelan is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.