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Graeme Thomas

Rower - Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 8th Nov 1988 (31 years old)
Club: Agecroft RC
Height: 193.00
Hometown: Preston

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Intro

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

Thomas is a former rugby union player who 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.

Thomas was cruelly forced to miss the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when he fell ill just days before the regatta. Hip surgery then kept the Agecroft rower out of competition for the majority of the 2017 season.

He was selected in the double scull with Angus Groom for the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, winning the B final. But Thomas came away with an incredible silver medal in the men’s quadruple sculls after subbing in for Peter Lambert just minutes before the final was due to start.

On The Water

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
Year Event Position Boat
2019 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
4 M2x
2019 World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
Bronze M2x
2019 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Silver M2x
2019 European Rowing Championships
Lucerne, SUI
4 M2x
2018 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
1 (FB Final) M4x
2018 European Rowing Championships
Glasgow, GBR
6 M4x
2018 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M4x
2018 World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
1 (FB Final) M4x
2018 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Gold M4x
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
1 (FB Final) M2x
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 Championships
Aiguebelette, FRA
4 M4x
2015 World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
Gold M4x
2015 European Rowing Championships
Poznan, POL
Bronze M4x
2014 World Rowing Championships
Amsterdam, NED
Silver M4x
2014 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M4x
2014 World Rowing Cup II
Aiguebelette, FRA
Gold M4x
2014 European Rowing Championships
Belgrade, SRB
Silver M4x
2013 World Rowing Championships
Chungju, KOR
Bronze M4x
2013 World Rowing Cup II
Eton, GBR
5 M4x
2013 World Rowing Cup I
Sydney, AUS
Gold M4x
2012 European Championships
Varese, ITA
4 M1x
2012 World Rowing Cup III
Munich, GER
4 M1x
2011 European Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
5 M2x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsLinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
4
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIIRotterdam, NED
Position:
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIPoznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2019
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsLucerne, SUI
Position:
4
Boat:
M2x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsGlasgow, GBR
Position:
6
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIILucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IILinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IBelgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsSarasota-Bradenton, USA
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M2x
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 ChampionshipsAiguebelette, FRA
Position:
4
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIVarese, ITA
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2015
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsPoznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsAmsterdam, NED
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIILucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIAiguebelette, FRA
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2014
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsBelgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2013
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsChungju, KOR
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2013
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIEton, GBR
Position:
5
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2013
Event:
World Rowing Cup ISydney, AUS
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2012
Event:
European ChampionshipsVarese, ITA
Position:
4
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2012
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIIMunich, GER
Position:
4
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2011
Event:
European ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
5
Boat:
M2x
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