Alan Sinclair

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 16th Oct 1985 (35 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 193.00
Hometown: Inverness

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Alan Sinclair made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 in the men's pair

Sinclair is a former European Champion in the four and has also been on the podium at the past two World Championships.

In his Olympic debut, Sinclair finished an impressive fourth in the men’s pair with Stewart Innes. Shoulder surgery then kept him out for the majority of the 2017 season, returning to take a place in the men’s eight for the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, where the crew won the B final.

Sinclair and his partner Matthew Tarrant took a strong win at the 2018 Senior, U23 and FISU Trials.

Alan is a former European Champion in the four and was also on the podium at two successive World Championships

On The Water

2016

Olympic Finalist Men's Pair

European Silver Medallist Men's Pair

2015

European Champion Men's Four

World Bronze Medallist Men's Four

2014

World Silver Medallist Men's Coxed Pair

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

A fourth-placed finish at the GB Rowing Team Trials earned Alan and Stewart Innes selection in the men’s pair for the 2016 European Championships in Brandenburg, where they won a silver medal. With Stewart absent through illness, Alan subbed into the men’s eight for the Lucerne World Cup and finished fourth.

He and Stewart returned to the pair in Poznan and won a hard-fought bronze medal, edging out fellow Brits Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell and Mat Tarrant. Alan and Stewart were then named as the GB men’s pair for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Runners-up in both their heat and semi-final, Alan and Stewart were firmly in medal contention throughout a well-contested final but were narrowly edged into fourth place – still an impressive achievement on their Olympic debuts.

Alan spent 2015 in the men’s four and the season began in style as he, Scott Durant, Tom Ransley and Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell successfully defended GB’s title at the European Championships in Poznan.

After a fifth-placed finish at the Varese World Cup, the four missed out on the A final in Lucerne but raced well to finish third in the B final and place ninth overall.

Stewart Innes replaced Nathaniel for the World Championships in Aiguebelette, where the four rediscovered some of their early-season form to win a fine bronze medal.

Alan was also in the men’s four in 2013, along with Scott, Nathaniel and Matt Tarrant, and finished fourth on his GB debut at the World Cup in Sydney before winning silver at Eton Dorney. After placing tenth at the Lucerne World Cup, the four finished fifth overall at the World Championships in Chungju.

Alan started 2014 in the men’s pair with Nathaniel, finishing just outside the medals at the European Championships in Belgrade. He then helped the men’s eight win silver at the World Cup in Aiguebelette before joining Scott Durant and cox Henry Fieldman in the coxed pair for the remainder of the season. They produced strong performances to win silver medals at both the Lucerne World Cup and the World Championships in Amsterdam.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

A broken leg prevented Alan from making his GB Rowing Team debut at the 2012 European Championships but he had made an impression on the domestic stage by then.

He won gold in the double and quadruple scull for Leander Club at the 2008 Home Countries Match, then claimed three titles at the following year’s National Championships in 2009 before netting three gold, one silver and two bronze at the Commonwealth Regatta in 2010.

Alan also won the 2011 Prince of Wales Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, breaking all of the course records in the process, and took the Double Sculls Challenge Cup in 2012 with John Collins.

GB Competitive Record

Year Event Position Boat
2019 World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
3 (FB Final) M4-
2019 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
6 (FB Final) M4-
2018 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
M8+
2018 European Rowing Championships
Glasgow, GBR
5 M8+
2018 World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
M8+
2018 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
M8+
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
1 (FB Final) M8+
2016 Olympic Games Regatta
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
4 M2-
2016 World Rowing Cup III
Poznan, POL
M2-
2016 World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
4 M8+
2016 European Rowing Championships
Brandenburg, GER
M2-
2015 World Rowing Championships
Aiguebelette, FRA
M4-
2015 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
3 (FB Final) M4-
2015 World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
5 M4-
2015 European Rowing Championships
Poznan, POL
M4-
2014 World Rowing Championships
Amsterdam, NED
M2+
2014 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
M2+
2014 World Rowing Cup II
Aiguebelette, FRA
M8+
2014 European Rowing Championships
Belgrade, SRB
4 M2-
2013 World Rowing Championships
Chungju, KOR
5 M4-
2013 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
4 (FB Final) M4-
2013 World Rowing Cup II
Eton, GBR
M4-
2013 World Rowing Cup I
Sydney, AUS
4 M4-
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIIRotterdam, NED
Position:
3 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIPoznan, POL
Position:
6 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsGlasgow, GBR
Position:
5
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IILinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IBelgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsSarasota-Bradenton, USA
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2016
Event:
Olympic Games RegattaRio de Janeiro, BRA
Position:
4
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIIPoznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Cup IILucerne, SUI
Position:
4
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2016
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsBrandenburg, GER
Position:
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsAiguebelette, FRA
Position:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIILucerne, SUI
Position:
3 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIVarese, ITA
Position:
5
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2015
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsPoznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsAmsterdam, NED
Position:
Boat:
M2+
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIILucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M2+
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIAiguebelette, FRA
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2014
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsBelgrade, SRB
Position:
4
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2013
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsChungju, KOR
Position:
5
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2013
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIILucerne, SUI
Position:
4 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2013
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIEton, GBR
Position:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2013
Event:
World Rowing Cup ISydney, AUS
Position:
4
Boat:
M4-

More info...

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Jurgen Grobler

Learnt to Row: Inverness RC
Original Club(s): Inverness RC
Original Coach(es): Roy Sinclair, Ian Hunter, Christian Felkel

Beyond the Boat

Alan took up rowing at Inverness Rowing Club when he was 14.  He moved to Aberdeen for University and found himself “accidentally” walking in on a meeting that was to sign up to 10+ sessions a week and targeting Henley Royal Regatta. He reached the semi-finals of the Britannia Challenge Cup in 2005 and 2006.

He then moved to England to continue his studies at the University of East London, and was among the first rowers to represent the UEL Boat Club when it was formed in 2009.

In his spare time, Alan works part-time as head coach of the women’s squad at UCL Boat Club.  Prior to this, Alan coached several Oxford Colleges on the Isis for Torpids and Summer Eights racing.

Alan is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town
Inverness Henley-on-Thames Inverness
Place of Birth:
Inverness
Current Address:
Henley-on-Thames
Home Town:
Inverness
Date of Birth Weight Height
16th October 1985 93kg 193cm
Date of Birth:
16th October 1985
Weight:
93kg
Height:
193cm
Education
Aberdeen University, University of East London
Education:
Aberdeen University, University of East London