James Rudkin

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 7th Jul 1994 (25 years old)
Club: Newcastle University Boat Club
Height: 198cm
Hometown: Litchborough

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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

Year Event Position Boat
2019 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
M8+
2019 World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
M8+
2019 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
M8+
2019 European Rowing Championships
Lucerne, SUI
M8+
2018 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
M8+
2018 European Rowing Championships
Glasgow, GBR
5 M8+
2018 World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
1 (FD Final) M2-
2018 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
M8+
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
1 (FB Final) M8+
2017 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
6 M8+
2017 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
M8+
2017 European Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
5 M8+
2017 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
M8+
2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Rotterdam, NED
BM4-
2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
4 BM2-
2014 World Rowing U23 Championships
Varese, ITA
5 BM4-
2012 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
6 (FB Final) JM4x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsLinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIIRotterdam, NED
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIPoznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2019
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsLucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsGlasgow, GBR
Position:
5
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IILinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
1 (FD Final)
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IBelgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsSarasota-Bradenton, USA
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIILucerne, SUI
Position:
6
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIPoznan, POL
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsRacice, CZE
Position:
5
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup IBelgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 ChampionshipsRotterdam, NED
Position:
Boat:
BM4-
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
4
Boat:
BM2-
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing U23 ChampionshipsVarese, ITA
Position:
5
Boat:
BM4-
Year:
2012
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
6 (FB Final)
Boat:
JM4x

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.