Angus Groom. Credit Nick Middleton

Angus Groom

Rower - Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 16th Jun 1992 (28 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 195.00
Hometown: Glasgow

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Intro

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.

Groom represented the GB Rowing Team at junior and U23 level, winning his first World Cup gold medal in 2015 and he was selected as spare for the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette.

The quad finished fifth in Rio, having adjusted to a late crew change just days before the regatta began. Groom then underwent hip surgery in the winter of 2016, which kept him sidelined for much of the following season.

He returned to racing at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, rowing in the double scull with fellow hip rehabber Graeme Thomas. They won the B final to finish seventh overall.

Groom took the win over 5km in the GB Rowing Team Third Winter Assessment in Boston in February 2018 and went on to finish fifth at the Senior, U23 & FISU Trials in April.

On The Water

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After finishing third in the GB Rowing Team Trials, Groom was selected in the men’s quad 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. Lambert 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, having to settle again for fifth place.

A difficult build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games saw Thomas withdrawing 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.

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

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

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

He 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 Rowing U23 Championships in Varese.

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

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

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

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

GB Competitive Record
Year Event Position Boat
2019 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
2 (FB Final) M4x
2019 World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
6 M4x
2019 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
5 M4x
2019 European Rowing Championships
Lucerne, SUI
Bronze M4x
2018 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
4 M2x
2018 World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
Gold M2x
2018 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Silver M2x
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
1 (FB Final) M2x
2016 Olympic Games Regatta
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
5 M4x
2016 World Rowing Cup III
Poznan, POL
5 M4x
2016 World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Silver M4x
2016 European Rowing Championships
Brandenburg, GER
5 M4x
2015 World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
Gold M4x
2015 European Rowing Championships
Poznan, POL
4 M1x
2014 World Rowing U23 Championships
Varese, ITA
Bronze BM2x
2014 World Rowing Cup II
Aiguebelette, FRA
1 (FC Final) M2x
2013 Under 23 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
4 BM4x
2012 Under 23 World Rowing Championships
Trakai, LTU
5 (FB Final) BM4x
2010 World Rowing Junior Championships
Racice, CZE
4 JM4x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsLinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
2 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIIRotterdam, NED
Position:
6
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIPoznan, POL
Position:
5
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2019
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsLucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
4
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IILinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IBelgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsSarasota-Bradenton, USA
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2016
Event:
Olympic Games RegattaRio de Janeiro, BRA
Position:
5
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIIPoznan, POL
Position:
5
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Cup IILucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2016
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsBrandenburg, GER
Position:
5
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIVarese, ITA
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2015
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsPoznan, POL
Position:
4
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing U23 ChampionshipsVarese, ITA
Position:
Boat:
BM2x
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIAiguebelette, FRA
Position:
1 (FC Final)
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2013
Event:
Under 23 World Rowing ChampionshipsLinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
4
Boat:
BM4x
Year:
2012
Event:
Under 23 World Rowing ChampionshipsTrakai, LTU
Position:
5 (FB Final)
Boat:
BM4x
Year:
2010
Event:
World Rowing Junior ChampionshipsRacice, CZE
Position:
4
Boat:
JM4x
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

Groom 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, Groom 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.

Groom 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.”

He also enjoys bouldering, a form of rock climbing without the use of ropes.

Groom 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