James Rudkin

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 7th Jul 1994 (24 years old)
Club: Newcastle University Boat Club
Height: 198cm
Hometown: Litchborough

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

James Rudkin has established himself as a key member of the GB Rowing Team senior squad since joining in 2017.

An ever-present in the men’s eight throughout 2017, Rudkin won silver in his first World Cup regatta in Belgrade. He closed the season with a win in the B final of the eight at the World Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton.

Rudkin was first selected for his country in 2010 when he was the spare for the GB v France match, and then raced in the M4x at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2011. The following year he finished 12th in the M4x at the World Rowing Junior Championships, and was later selected for the U23 squad – his best result was a fine silver medal in the M4- in 2016.

Rowing runs in James’ family; his dad enjoyed a fruitful rowing career and taught James to row at their local club Hollowell Scullers in Northamptonshire.

He attended Stowe School in Buckinghamshire on a sports scholarship and attained junior honours, before going on to to study at Newcastle University to study History and Politics, followed by a Masters in History. James was men’s captain in 2015, having attained U23 representation and domestic success. He represented Newcastle at senior level and learned to sweep under the tutelage of the Head Coach Angelo Savarino.



On The Water

GB Competitive Record

World Rowing Championships
2017 7th M8+
World Rowing Championships:
European Rowing Championships
2017 5th M8+
European Rowing Championships:
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2018 Belgrade M8+
2017 Poznan M8+
2017 Belgrade M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2018 Belgrade
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Poznan
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Belgrade

Beyond the Boat

James graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in History & Politics, and his dream post-rowing career would involve working in political commentary.

James likes to relax after training by watching TV – House of Cards in particular. Haribo, tortellini and salami would save him if stranded on a desert island, and Stephen Fry, David Mitchell and John Cleese are his three ideal dinner party guests.

James is Lottery funded through UK Sport.