John Collins

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 24th Jan 1989 (28 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Hometown: Twickenham

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John Collins made his Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games after firmly establishing himself in the men’s sculling squad.

John Collins was introduced to the sport through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and he went on to break numerous records on the junior and domestic stage.

He has raced with Jonny Walton in the men’s double scull during the past three seasons, reaching the final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in memorable style just a few weeks after winning their first World Cup medal together.

In 2017, he was selected for the men’s quad scull with Tom Barras, Jack Beaumont and Jonny Walton. They won bronze at the opening World Cup of the season in Belgrade.

John made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 and reached the men's double scull final in memorable fashion

On The Water

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2012 – 2016

After finishing fifth in the GB Rowing Team Trials, Collins was once again selected alongside Jonny Walton in the men’s double scull for the 2016 season. They reached the final at the European Championships in Brandenburg, finishing sixth, and improved to fifth at the World Cup in Lucerne before winning a superb silver at the Poznan World Cup – their first senior medals with the GB Rowing Team.

They got off to a slow start at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but won their repechage to reach the semi-finals, where they produced a brilliant performance to hold off multiple crews and secure the top-three finish they needed. Another gutsy display in the final saw Collins and Walton finish a fine fifth overall on their Olympic debuts.

They qualified the men’s double for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with an eighth-placed finish at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette.

They started the season with a similar result at the European Championships in Poznan, missing out on a place in the A final by just five-hundredths of a second. Though also desperately unlucky to finish fourth in their semi-final at the World Cup in Varese – where they were less than a second behind the winners – they did however go on to comfortably win the B final. They then placed fifth in a strong field at the World Cup in Lucerne.

Collins and Walton were first paired together in the double at the 2014 European Championships, finishing sixth. They went one better at the World Cup in Aiguebelette and improved again to place fourth in Lucerne but narrowly missed out on qualification for the A final at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, finishing seventh overall.

Collins had started the Olympiad in a double with Peter Lambert, finishing fourth at the Sydney World Cup. He then raced in a second GB eight at Eton Dorney and Lucerne, finishing fourth and eighth respectively.

Jonny Walton and John Collins in action last year

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Collins won a gold medal in the men’s eight at the 2009 Essen International Regatta before being selected for the 2010 World U23 Championships in Brest, placing ninth in the men’s quad alongside Walton.

He was 14th in the quad at the following year’s championships in Amsterdam, a rare disappointment in a 2011 season that saw Collins help Leander Club break all of the course records on the way to winning the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Collins won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup with Alan Sinclair in 2012 and also coached the victorious Henley RC crew that won the inaugural Junior Women’s Quads at Henley. He competed for GB at the European Championships in Varese, helping the men’s eight to a seventh place overall.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 5th M2x
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
5th
M2x
World Rowing Championships
2015 8th M2x
2014 7th M2x
World Rowing Championships:
2015
8th
M2x
World Rowing Championships:
2014
7th
M2x
European Rowing Championships
2016 6th M2x
2015 8th M2x
2014 6th M2x
2012 7th M4x
European Rowing Championships:
2016
6th
M2x
European Rowing Championships:
2015
8th
M2x
European Rowing Championships:
2014
6th
M2x
European Rowing Championships:
2012
7th
M4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2017 Poznan M4x
2017 Belgrade M4x
2016 Poznan M2x
2016 Lucerne 5th M2x
2015 Lucerne 5th M2x
2015 Varese 7th M2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Poznan
M4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Belgrade
M4x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
M2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
5th
M2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
5th
M2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
7th
M2x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2011 14th M4x
2010 9th M4x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2011
14th
M4x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2010
9th
M4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 4th M1x
2015 6th M1x
2014 4th M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
4th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
6th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
4th
M1x

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John made his first GB appearances as a junior in 2007. He won bronze in the double and was fifth in the quad at the Munich International Regatta, then claimed bronze in the pair at the Coupe de la Jeunesse.

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Mark Banks
Learnt to Row: Putney Town Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Putney Town Rowing Club
Original Coach(es): Seamus Keating

Beyond the Boat

Collins first started rowing at Putney Town RC in 2005 when looking for a sport for his Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. His dad, Philip, was also a rower and suggested he would be good at the sport.

The following year, aged 17, he broke Sir Steve Redgrave’s record as the youngest ever winner of the Pairs Head of the River.

He is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region
Twickenham Henley-on-Thames Twickenham Middlesex
Place of Birth:
Twickenham
Current Address:
Henley-on-Thames
Home Town:
Twickenham
Region:
Middlesex
Date of Birth Height
24th January 1989 192cm
Date of Birth:
24th January 1989
Height:
192cm
Education
Orleans Park School, Twickenham
Education:
Orleans Park School, Twickenham