Graeme Thomas

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 8th Nov 1988 (27 years old)
Club: Agecroft RC
Height: 193.00
Hometown: Preston

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

Graeme Thomas is among the world-class rowers to have progressed through the GB Rowing Team Start talent identification and development programme.

The former rugby union player switched to rowing at the age of 20 and has already helped the men’s quadruple scull set new medal milestones at the World Championships.

Graeme will be looking to build on all the experience he has gained during an eventful Rio Olympiad as the countdown to Tokyo 2020 begins.

Former rugby player Graeme has excelled since making the switch to rowing, winning two World Championships medals

On The Water

2015

European Bronze Medallist Men's Quadruple Scull

2014

World and European Silver Medallist Men's Quadruple Scull

2013

World Bronze Medallist Men's Quadruple Scull

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After finishing runner-up in the GB Rowing Team Trials, Graeme was selected in the men’s quadruple scull for the 2016 season alongside Peter Lambert, Sam Townsend and Angus Groom. 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.

Graeme was selected in the boat for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but was unfortunately taken ill just days before the regatta began and had to withdraw.

He had raced in the men’s quad throughout the Olympiad and helped to qualify the boat for Rio 2016 with a fourth-placed finish at the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette.

That was a good result following a season where injury and illness led to a number of changes to a boat that had been settled for the previous two years. Charles Cousins was injured just before the European Championships in Poznan but Jack Beaumont stepped in to help Graeme, Sam Townsend and Peter Lambert win a fine bronze medal and set a new championship record along the way.

Angus Groom replaced Jack in the quad that won an impressive gold at the World Cup in Varese but illness meant the crew did not race in Lucerne. Charles returned for the World Championships and helped the quad produce a storming second half to their final but they couldn’t quite catch the leading trio.

After beginning 2013 with a gold medal at the Sydney World Cup, the now familiar line-up of Graeme, Sam, Charles and Peter raced together for the first time at Eton Dorney. They finished fifth there before winning bronze at the World Championships in Chungju – the first-ever World medal for a GB men’s quad.

The crew continued to make great strides during 2014, winning silver at the European Championships in Belgrade before adding World Cup gold in both Aiguebelette and Lucerne. Mature and confident performances saw them win their heat and semi-final at the World Championships in Amsterdam to set up a showdown with Ukraine, who had beaten GB to the European title. The final was close-fought but Ukraine were just able to hold off a dramatic late surge from the Brits, who missed out on gold by just nine-hundredths of a second.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Graeme made the transition to rowing in 2008 while studying for a Biomedical Science Degree at Manchester University.

He had trialled for Sale Sharks’ Academy squad but, despite being 6ft 5in, was not considered physically big enough to play professionally in his preferred position. A friend then suggested he had the attributes to succeed in rowing and he successfully trialled for the GB Rowing Team Start Programme, going on to train under Hamish Burrell at the North West centre.

A breakthrough 2011 season, which included a number of domestic double scull wins, ended with Graeme making his GB Rowing Team debut in that boat at the European Championships in Plovdiv, finishing fifth.

He showed more promise on his World Cup debut in 2012, finishing a fine fourth in the men’s single in Munich. Graeme repeated that result at the European Championships in Varese.

GB Competitive Record

World Rowing Championships
2015 4th M4x
2014 M4x
2013 M4x
World Rowing Championships:
2015
4th
M4x
World Rowing Championships:
2014
M4x
World Rowing Championships:
2013
M4x
European Rowing Championships
2016 5th M4x
2015 M4x
2014 M4x
2012 4th M1x
2011 5th M2x
European Rowing Championships:
2016
5th
M4x
European Rowing Championships:
2015
M4x
European Rowing Championships:
2014
M4x
European Rowing Championships:
2012
4th
M1x
European Rowing Championships:
2011
5th
M2x
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
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 2nd M1x
2015 2nd M1x
2014 2nd M1x
2013 4th M1x
2012 5th M1x
2011 5th M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
2nd
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
2nd
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
2nd
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013
4th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
5th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
5th
M1x

More info...

Club: Agecroft RC
Boat: Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Paul Stannard
Learnt to Row: Agecroft RC
Original Club(s): Agecroft RC
Original Coach(es): Hamish Burrell

Beyond the Boat

Graeme has always participated in sport and represented his hometown of Preston in swimming and athletics while at school. He also excelled in rugby union, representing Lancashire in every age group from under-15 to under-20, and has completed the world’s longest downhill mountain bike race in the French Alps called Megavalanche.

Playing Gran Turismo on his PlayStation is one of Graeme’s ways of relaxing, along with watching Suits and Game of Thrones on TV. During the summer months he enjoys soaking up the sun by walking in the Chilterns or down the river with friends.

Graeme has recently “fallen in love” with the warm seas and tropical climate of South East Asia, where he enjoys scuba-diving and snorkelling. “The wealth of aquatic animals you can see is amazing.”

A fan of James Bond movies, Graeme’s ergo and fitness training is soundtracked by house and dance music “from the early noughties or something fresh out of Ibiza”.

Graeme is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region(s)
Preston Henley-on-Thames Preston North West
Place of Birth:
Preston
Current Address:
Henley-on-Thames
Home Town:
Preston
Region(s):
North West
Date of Birth Height
8th November 1988 193cm
Date of Birth:
8th November 1988
Height:
193cm
Education
University of Manchester
Education:
University of Manchester