‘Challenges and Triumphs in China’ at the RRM

After the unprecedented success of GB crews at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, the Friends of Rowing at the River & Rowing Museum are hosting an evening on Friday, 21 November to meet three outstanding athletes from the British team. It will be a great chance to join the Olympians in lively and informal discussion with plenty of opportunity for audience participation. 

It promises to be a memorable occasion and the Friends are happy to open it to non-members at a nominal charge of £10 (£5 for students and under 21s with ID).


The participants are:

  • Steve Williams MBE who won his second Olympic gold in the coxless four in Beijing in a nail biting charge for the line. His first gold was in Athens four years ago.
  • Frances Houghton who made her third appearance on the GB Olympic team in Beijing and won her second Olympic silver in the quadruple scull. Between Athens and Beijing she was World Champion three times.
  • Tom Aggar who had never given rowing a thought until 2005, when in a freak accident in his final year at university he broke his back, ending his rugby career. In September this year Tom became the first Paralympic champion in the arms-only single scull in Beijing.

There will be the opportunity to hear first hand what it was like in Beijing as Williams, Houghton and Aggar recount their Olympic highlights followed by questions and discussion in the Schwarzenbach Rowing Gallery. 

Following the same format as the most enjoyable ‘Evening with Singular Scullers’ last spring, those attending are asked to gather at 6pm for a glass of wine for a 6.30pm start.  The discussion will last an hour and a half and many will be staying on for supper in the Museum Café when the banter will no doubt continue. 

Friends of Rowing flyer (pdf)