Rob Williams

 Rob Williams

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Rob raced in the lightweight men's four with crewmates Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley. In an extremely close final, the British crew took silver, less than a second behind the winners.

During the 2012 World Cup season, Rob raced in the lightweight men's four. Following an exciting final in Belgrade, the crew won a silver medal with Denmark taking the gold and China the bronze. Lucerne once again provided close racing for this event where the crew won a bronze medal. At the final world cup of the 2012 season, in Munich, the crew won a fine gold medal, over 2 seconds ahead of the silver medallists from Australia.

For the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Rob raced in the lightweight men's four with crewmates Richard Chambers, Chris Bartley and Paul Mattick. The crew came through from 6th for an extremely close finish to eventually take a bronze medal, just being pipped by Italy.

During the 2011 World cup Series, Rob raced in the lightweight men's four taking bronze in Munich, only .02 of a second behind France in second place with Denmark winning gold. In Lucerne, the crew won an impressive gold medal beating Italy and Denmark.

At the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held on 16-17 April at Eton/Dorney, Rob finished 2nd in the lightweight men's single scull.

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro, in an incredibly tight final, Rob - along with crewmates Chris Bartley, Richard Chambers and Paul Mattick in the lightweight men's four - won gold by seven hundredths of a second, with Australia taking silver themselves just a hundredth of a second ahead of China in bronze.  A fabulous performance to cap a great season for the British crew.

For the 2010 World Cup Series Rob raced in the lightweight men's four, winning silver in Bled and gold in both Munich and Lucerne.  This was an exceptional World Cup season for the four in a very competitive field.

Rob started rowing at Maidenhead Rowing Club when he was 16.  At university he spent his first season rowing for UCLBC after which he moved to London Rowing Club which is his current club.

His first season of international rowing was in 2006 when he raced in the lightweight four at the World U23 Championships, finishing 6th.  In 2007 while still "under 23" Rob won a bronze medal at the World Championships in the lightweight quadruple scull.  He raced in the lightweight quad at the 2008 Poznan World Cup and won bronze. 

He was a reserve at the Beijing Olympics, winning the spares' race for open and lightweight singles. 

Rob won the lightweight single at the 2009 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials in a dramatic finish, coming through in the closing stages to win by 0.2 seconds.  This established him in the Olympic class double for 2009 in which he raced through the World Cup series taking 4th in Banyoles and Munich and 5th in Lucerne.   At the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan Rob and crewmate Paul Mattick were 6th.

Rob completed his undergraduate degree from UCL in the summer of 2006.  He finished a PhD in X–ray crystallography in June 2012.

Rob is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Location
Current Address: London
Home Town: Maidenhead
Region(s): Berkshire
Personal information
Date of Birth: 21st January 1985
Height: 184cm
Education: Furze Platt School, Sir William Borlase School, University College London
Rowing information
Club: London Rowing Club
Role: Rower
Coaches:

Rob Morgan

Learnt to Row: Maidenhead Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Maidenhead Rowing Club
Original Coach(es):

Dean Calkin

GB Competitive Record
Olympic Games

2012

Silver LM4-
World Rowing Championships
2011 Bronze LM4-
2010 Gold LM4-
2009 6th LM2x
2007 Bronze LM4x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2006 6th LM4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2011 2nd LM1x
2009 1st LM1x