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Rower // Men's Squad Date of Birth: 2nd Nov 1993 (26 years old)
Club: Leander Club Hometown: Plymouth
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A graduate of the University of Washington, Jacob Dawson is a World Class Start graduate with an impressive international and domestic rowing record.
Jacob Dawson was introduced to rowing through the Start centre in Plymouth at the age of 14, and, after winning two gold medals at the 2011 Coupe de la Jeunesse in the quadruple sculls, Jacob took up a place at the University of Washington, where he studied Geography.
During this time he was part of two consecutive victorious varsity eights crews, winning the IRA National Championships in 2014 and 2015. Jacob was later selected for the men’s eight that took gold at the FISU World University Championships in 2016 in Poznan.
In 2017, Dawson impressed at the GB Rowing Team Senior & U23 Trials, finishing second with Matt Rossiter. That result led to the pair being selected to row together at the first World Rowing Cup in Belgrade where they won gold.
After the European Championships, Dawson moved to the eight, where he won bronze at the second World Cup in Poznan. He remained in the eight through to the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, where the crew finished seventh.
A fan of structure and hard physical training, Jacob would love to join the Royal Marines one day. Martin Johnson is one of his sporting idols: Jacob admires his natural ability to lead a team. His three dream dinner party companions are Muhammad Ali, Ronnie Corbett and Freddie Mercury, and his favourite travel destination is Cornwall, where he spent many happy childhood summer holidays.
Jacob is Lottery funded through UK Sport.