Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013-2016
At the 2015 GB Rowing Team Senior and U23 Trials Richard was third in the lightweight men's single scull. Along with Will Fletcher, Richard was selected to race in the lightweight men's double scull at the 2015 European Rowing Championships in Poznan, winning an impressive silver medal. After a close race, Richard and Will finished third in the lightweight men's double scull at the second World Cup event in Varese. At the third World Cup event in Lucerne, Richard raced in the final of the lightweight men's double scull with Jono Clegg, as Will Fletcher was injured. They had a solid start, holding third position after 250m, and finished 5th overall.
Richard raced in the lightweight men's four with Peter Chambers, Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley thoughout the 2014 Season. At the 2014 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade they won a hard fought silver medal, and followed this with bronze medals at the second and third World Cups in Aiguebelette and Lucerne. In Amsterdam at the World Rowing Championships the crew won a strong bronze medal. Having led out the Final with Denmark and New Zealand, the crews were 'nip and tuck' until 1500m, when Denmark surged to win and New Zealand were just able to pip GB for the silver.
In 2013 Richard made the change from sweep rowing to sculling competitively with great results. Throughout the 2013 World Cup series, Richard raced in the lightweight men's double scull. In Sydney he raced with Adam Freeman-Pask where he won gold. For the 2nd and 3rd regattas, Richard raced with his brother, Peter Chambers, taking silver at Eton Dorney and bronze in Lucerne. At the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Richard and Peter Chambers won a bronze medal in the lightweight double.
London 2012 Olympiad: 2009-2012
Throughout 2012 Richard raced in the lightweight men's four winning silver in Belgrade, bronze in Lucerne and finishing the World Cup series with gold in Munich. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Richard, with crewmates Peter Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley, took silver in an extremely close final, finishing less than a second behind the winners.
In 2011 Richard placed 5th in the lightweight men's single at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials. He competed in the lightweight men’s four throughout the 2011 racing season taking bronze at Munich World Cup regatta and an impressive gold in Lucerne. At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Richard, racing with crewmates Chris Bartley, Paul Mattick and Rob Williams, came through from 6th place in the final to take the bronze medal in an extremely close finish.
For the 2010 World Cup series, Richard raced in the lightweight men's four winning gold in Munich and Lucerne, and silver in Bled. This was an exceptional World Cup series for the four in a very competitive field. At the 2010 World Rowing Championships in New Zealand, Richard, along with crewmates Chris Bartley, Paul Mattick and Rob Williams, took gold by seven hundredths of a second.
Richard was injured after the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials in April 2009 and this kept him out of a boat for the remainder of the 2009 season. However he kept himself busy over the summer by coaching up and coming lightweights including the GB LM2- which competed in Poznan. Fortunately he recovered enough to come back to full training for 2010.
Beijing 2008 Olympiad: 2005-2008
Richard was selected for his Olympic debut in the lightweight men's four for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and finished 5th.
Richard had an outstanding 2007 season in the lightweight men's four, winning bronze, silver and gold in the World Cup series to become World Cup Champions. The crew went on to win gold at the World Championships in Munich, the first ever lightweight Olympic class Gold for GB!
In 2006 Richard raced in the lightweight men's pair all season with Chris Bartley. They won this event at the World Cup Regatta in Poznan and became World U23 Champions in July that year. With this gold medal under their belt they won selection for the World Rowing Championships in Eton where they made the A final finishing 6th.
Richard made his U23 debut in 2005 in great style where he won silver in the men’s lightweight quad.
Beyond the Boat
Richard attended Coleraine Academical Institution where he began rowing at the age of 15 under the watchful eye of Bobby Platt MBE. In 2003 he moved to Oxford Brookes University where he continued rowing before joining the GB Rowing Team proper.
During 2007 Richard finished four years of studying Construction Management at Oxford Brookes University completing his degree.
Richard is a Christian and attends St Mary's church in Maidenhead where he is involved in youth work. His younger brother Peter is also a member of the senior team.
Richard is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.