Tom is GB’s para-rowing single sculler having competed in this event since 2007. He became the first Paralympic Champion in the ASM1x in Beijing 2008 when para-rowing had its debut in the Paralympic Games.
Rio 2016 Paralympiad: 2013 – 2016
The 2014 season saw Tom return to form and produce some outstanding performances. At the second World Cup in Aiguebelette he won a gold medal. Tom went on to win a superb silver medal at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. His silver was a tribute to his staying power since London 2012 and reflected a very significant improvement in his performance this season, measured by his distance ahead of his Russian rival and his closing of the gap to the Australian who completely dominated the event last year.
In 2013 Tom had a mixed season. At the second World Cup in Eton-Dorney he won comfortably to secure the gold medal. He could not repeat this performance at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chunhju, Korea, where he finished 4th, agonisingly just outside the medals.
London 2012 Paralympiad: 2009 – 2012
Tom began the 2009 racing season in good form, winning gold at both the Varese International Regatta and Munich World Cup Regatta. He ended the season by dominating the opposition at the World Rowing Championships in Poznan, winning the final by more than 15 seconds and, in the process, lowering his own World Best Time to 4:51.48. In January 2010 Tom became the International Rowing Federation's first 'Para Rower of the Year' in recognition of his achievements on the water.
In 2010 Tom won a double gold at the Varese International Regatta. He followed this with gold at the first World Cup in Bled, beating second placed rower Andy Houghton, also from GB, by 8 seconds. Tom went on to win his third World title at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in New Zealand, totally dominating the final by finishing 13 seconds ahead of the silver medal sculler from Ukraine. Following the World Championships Tom was named ‘2010 World Para Rowing Crew of the Year’ by FISA who stated that he had "set the standard in adaptive rowing" and paid tribute to his continuing unbeaten run at international level.
At the first World Cup of 2011 in Munich Tom won a dominating gold. He went on to secure his second World title at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled.
At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London Tom was unable to uphold his unbeaten record, finishing agonisingly just outside the medals in 4th place.
Beijing 2008 Paralympiad: 2005 - 2008
In 2007, his debut international rowing season, Tom produced an outstanding performance to win his first World title and the gold medal at the 2007 World Rowing Championships in Munich in a World Best Time.
Tom began the 2008 Paralympic season in fine style winning the Varese International Regatta, lowering his own World Best Time in the process. At the Paralympic Games in Beijing Tom faced tough opposition but produced an outstanding performance to win the gold medal and become the Paralympic Champion. To accomplish this in only his second year of competitive rowing was an outstanding achievement.
Beyond the Boat
Tom is a graduate of the University of Warwick and he played 1st XV rugby there. Following an accident unconnected with sport he was injured and he took up rowing in 2006 to keep fit. He started training using the FES rowing ergometer at the Aspire National Training Centre, Stanmore.
He made his first appearance in the sport when he won his category at the 2006 Indoor Rowing Championships using the FES (functional electrical stimulation) rowing machine with integrated legs and arms. Following this he became involved in para-rowing through the mentoring of Simon Goodey at the London Regatta Centre.
Tom is Lottery funded through UK Sport.