TWICE OLYMPIC CHAMPION and 2011 World Champion, Tom James, MBE, has confirmed his retirement from international rowing.
James won Olympic gold in the men's four twice - in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Both races were won in dramatic style against strong opposition.
He was also in the four which set a world best time in Lucerne in 2012.
The Welshman, who is now pursuing a career with consulting firm Oliver Wyman, said: "Thank you to the sport of rowing and to the GB Rowing Team. I have had a fantastic time during my ten years in the senior squad which have been incredibly successful.
"I feel very, very lucky. London 2012 in particular was an experience that could not be bettered.
"I am not planning to distance myself from the sport, though. I am doing some work on forward planning with British Rowing's board and I am still involved with Cambridge University Boat Club and Molesey B.C.".
Sir David Tanner, Performance Director of the GB Rowing Team paid tribute to one of the most successful rowers of recent Olympiads when he said: "Tom is a class act both on and off the water. He enjoyed significant success with the GB Rowing Team and both of his men's four victories at the Olympic Games are races that will linger long in the memory. Technically he is truly world class and had the capacity to make a huge impact on the boats he raced in. We wish him every success in his new career".
James made his senior debut aged just 19 in 2003 and stroked the GB men's eight to a World Championships bronze in that year. In 2004 he was part of the men's eight at all three World Cups and was selected for the Olympic Games, missing out on the semi-final due to illness but going onto stroke the boat in the B Final.
Born in Cardiff but with Wrexham as his home town, James took up rowing at the King's School, Chester, before continuing at Cambridge University where he was a Boat Race winner after three previous disappointments.
James was awarded an MBE for his services to sport in the 2009 New Year's Honours list.
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THE SEASON AHEAD
GB Rowing Team Diary Dates for 2013/2014:
The Fours’ Head, London
2nd Winter Assessment Trials (Boston, Lincs) – full squad
Para-rowing 2nd Ergo Assessment, Caversham
Para-rowing 3rd Assessment, Caversham
Women’s Head of the River, London
Men’s Head of the River, London
GB Rowing Team Para-Rowing Trials, Caversham
GB Rowing Team Senior Team Trials – Caversham
28 – 1 June
European Championships, Belgrade
World Cup II, Aiguebelette, France (includes para-rowing)
Henley Royal Regatta – TBC
World Cup III, Lucerne, Switzerland
World U23 Championships, Varese, Italy
World Junior Championships, Hamburg, Germany
World Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China
24 – 31
World Championships, Amsterdam
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