Angus Groom

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 16th Jun 1992 (24 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 195.00
Hometown: Glasgow

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Angus Groom built on a breakthrough 2015 season by being selected for his Olympic debut in the men's quadruple scull at the Rio 2016 Games.

The sculler, who has represented the GB Rowing Team at junior and U23 level, won his first World Cup gold medal in 2015 and was selected as spare for the World Championships in Aiguebelette.

After a strong winter of training and trialing, Angus raced in the men’s quad throughout the 2016 season and will be looking to build on that experience as the Tokyo 2020 Olympiad begins.

Angus raced in the men's quad throughout 2016 and will be looking to build on that experience during the Tokyo 2020 Olympiad

On The Water

2016

Olympic Finalist Men's Quadruple Scull

2014

World U23 Bronze Medallist Men's Double Scull

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After finishing third in the GB Rowing Team Trials, Angus was selected in the men’s quadruple scull for the 2016 season alongside Peter Lambert, Sam Townsend and Graeme Thomas. They finished fifth at the European Championships in Brandenburg and then qualified for the final at the Lucerne World Cup. Peter had to withdraw through illness on the morning of the race but, with Jack Beaumont subbing in, the quad still won a superb silver medal. They finished off the podium at the Poznan World Cup, though, again having to settle for fifth place.

A difficult build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games saw Thomas have to withdraw through illness just four days before the regatta began. Beaumont again came into the boat and the new-look crew finished fourth in their opening heat. They were continually improving, though, and were strong runners-up in their repechage before finishing a fine fifth overall with a battling effort in the final.

Angus took his opportunities to impress during 2015 as he produced eye-catching performances on the international stage.

With Alan Campbell out injured, Angus raced in the single scull at the European Championships and performed brilliantly to reach his first-ever senior A final, finishing fourth overall.

Angus was then selected to replace the injured Charles Cousins in the men’s quadruple scull for the World Cup in Varese and helped Sam Townsend, Graeme Thomas and Peter Lambert win gold. The same crew was due to race in Lucerne but had to pull out through illness. Angus travelled as a spare and performed the same role at the World Championships.

He had made his senior debut at the Aiguebelette World Cup in 2014 as part of a second GB men’s double scull with Jack Beaumont. They won the C final, placing 13th overall, and went on to win bronze at the World U23 Championships in Varese.

The previous year had seen Angus help the men’s quad qualify for a first-ever World U23 Championships A final, finishing fourth overall in Linz.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Angus made his GB Rowing Team debut at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Racice, finishing fourth in the men’s quad.

He also made his first appearance at the World U23 Championships in the quad in 2012, placing 11th overall.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 5th M4x
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
5th
M4x
European Rowing Championships
2016 5th M4x
2015 4th M1x
European Rowing Championships:
2016
5th
M4x
European Rowing Championships:
2015
4th
M1x
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan 5th M4x
2016 Lucerne M4x
2015 Varese M4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
5th
M4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
M4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
M4x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2014 M2x
2013 4th M4x
2012 11th M4x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2014
M2x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2013
4th
M4x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2012
11th
M4x
World Rowing Junior Championships
2010 4th JM4x
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2010
4th
JM4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 3rd M1x
2010 4th M1x
2014 8th M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
3rd
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2010
4th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
8th
M1x

More info...

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Matt Beechey
Learnt to Row: Walton Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Walton Rowing Club, Durham University Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Nick DeCata, Wade Hall-Craggs

Beyond the Boat

Angus was a keen rugby player, swimmer and cross-country athlete at Royal Grammar School in Guildford before taking up rowing at the age of 14 on the advice of his father, who had represented Manchester University BC, Agecroft RC and Barclays Bank RC.

He attended Durham University from 2010-2013 and graduated with a BSc in Natural Sciences.  In his final year, Angus was named as Team Durham’s Sportsman of the Year after winning all three BUCS Championship sculling events and helping Durham claim the Victor Ludorum for a tenth successive year.

Angus plays guitar – “badly” – and is a fan of alt-J, The Black Keys and Kasabian. Game of Thrones and Dexter are his current favourite TV programmes, while he always watches Lone Survivor and Touching the Void on training camp – “they remind me that whatever we do, it’s not as bad as what some people have gone through in their lives.”

Angus also enjoys bouldering, a form of rock climbing performed without the use of ropes or harnesses.

Angus is Lottery funded through UK sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region(s)
Glasgow Henley-on-Thames Glasgow Scotland
Place of Birth:
Glasgow
Current Address:
Henley-on-Thames
Home Town:
Glasgow
Region(s):
Scotland
Date of Birth Weight Height
16th June 1992 94kg 195cm
Date of Birth:
16th June 1992
Weight:
94kg
Height:
195cm
Education
Royal Grammar School Guildford, Durham University
Education:
Royal Grammar School Guildford, Durham University