Williams relishes City challenge

6th January
  • Williams (second left) celebrates his 2010 World Title
    Williams (second left) celebrates his 2010 World Title

Rob Williams, Olympic silver medallist in 2012 and former World Champion, has chosen to continue the challenge of a City job he took up after the London Games and will not return to rowing.

Coached by Rob Morgan, Williams took his 2012 medal in the lightweight men's four with Northern Ireland brothers Richard and Peter Chambers and Chris Bartley, very narrowly missing out on gold.

The 28 year-old took time out after the London Games and went to work as a trader for Goldman Sachs - a role he describes as challenging though enjoyable.

Williams' World Championships title came in 2010 on New Zealand's Lake Karapiro with Richard Chambers, Bartley and Paul Mattick. The quartet won a pulsating final by just seven hundredths of a second. It capped Williams' most consistently successful season in the sport in which he also won two world cup golds and a silver.

The Maidenhead man, who took up rowing at club level aged 16, said: "Ultimately, I feel very fortunate to have had such an enjoyable career, making some good mates and winning a solid handful of medals, all of which culminating in a fantastic summer in 2012".

Williams learnt to row at Maidenhead rowing club before moving to London Rowing Club whilst at University. He made his international debut in 2006 at U23 level before moving a year later to a senior boat that won bronze at the World Championships.

In 2008 Williams travelled to Beijing as the Olympic reserve before winning the GB Rowing Team Senior Team Trials in the lightweight single 8 months later. In his 2012 Olympic year he completed a PhD in X-ray crystallography.

"Rob converted his significant talent in our sport to great effect and was exceptional in combining his PhD with his rowing, demonstrating that he always remained conscious of the world around him. He will be a great asset to his employers and we wish him well with the future", said Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director.

Full biog can be found here: http://www.britishrowing.org/gb-rowing-team/biographies/rob-williams

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GB Rowing Team Diary Dates for 2014
NEW = information added since last circulation

March

1-2
Para-rowing 3rd Assessment, Caversham

15

Women’s Head of the River, London

29

Men’s Head of the River, London

April

5
GB Rowing Team Para-Rowing Trials, Caversham

19-20

GB Rowing Team Senior Team Trials – Caversham

30

NEW - Windermere Cup (GB men's and women's eights only)

May

28 – 1 June

European Championships, Belgrade

June

20-22

World Cup II, Aiguebelette, France (includes para-rowing)

July

2-6

Henley Royal Regatta – TBC

12-13

World Cup III, Lucerne, Switzerland

23-27

World U23 Championships, Varese, Italy

August

6-10

World Junior Championships, Hamburg, Germany

16-28

World Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China

24 – 31

World Championships, Amsterdam

September

13-14

NEW - World University Championships, Gravelines, France (U23s only)

October

19-20

NEW - British Championships - TBC

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