Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Walton

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 6th Oct 1990 (27 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 190.00
Hometown: Leicester

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Jonny Walton won his first senior World Cup medal and became an Olympic finalist during an impressive 2016 season.

Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Walton was introduced to the sport through his family’s connections with Leicester RC. Jonny represented the GB Rowing Team at junior and U23 level.

He firmly established himself in the men’s sculling squad during the Rio Olympiad and has raced with John Collins in the men’s double during the past three seasons, finishing fifth overall on their Olympic debut.

Jonny has raced with John Collins since 2014, with the men's double reaching the Rio 2016 Olympic final in memorable style

On The Water

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After finishing fifth in the GB Rowing Team Trials, Jonny was once again selected alongside John Collins 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.

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

They had 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. Jonny and John were also desperately unlucky to finish fourth in their semi-final at the World Cup in Varese, less than a second behind the winners, but went on to comfortably win the B final. They then placed fifth in a strong field at the World Cup in Lucerne.

Jonny and John 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 Championships in Amsterdam, finishing seventh overall.

Jonny had started the Olympiad in the men’s single scull, finishing fourth at the Sydney World Cup and seventh at Eton Dorney. He replaced the injured Graeme Thomas in the quadruple scull in Lucerne, finishing fourth, and was the men’s sculling spare at the 2013 World Championships in Chungju.

Jonny Walton and John Collins in action last year

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Jonny first represented GB at the 2008 Coupe de la Jeunesse, winning gold in the junior men’s double scull. He also competed at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and won gold in the eight, silver in the quad and was fourth in the single.

The 2010 World U23 Championships in Brest saw Jonny finish ninth in a GB quad that also included John Collins. Jonny raced in the single scull at the following year’s championships in Amsterdam and placed eighth overall after narrowly missing out on the A final.

Jonny raced with Jack Beaumont in the double at the 2012 World U23 Championships in Trakai and European Championships in Varese. On both occasions, they were edged out of the A final but won the B final to finish seventh overall.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 5th M2x
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
5th
M2x
World Rowing Championships
2017 M4x
2015 8th M2x
2014 7th M2x
World Rowing Championships:
2017
M4x
World Rowing Championships:
2015
8th
M2x
World Rowing Championships:
2014
7th
M2x
European Rowing Championships
2017 4th M4x
2016 6th M2x
2015 8th M2x
2014 6th M2x
2012 7th M4x
European Rowing Championships:
2017
4th
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
2012 7th M2x
2011 8th M1x
2010 9th M4x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2012
7th
M2x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2011
8th
M1x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2010
9th
M4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 5th M1x
2015 9th M1x
2014 7th M1x
2013 8th M1x
2012 8th M1x
2011 6th M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
5th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
9th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
7th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013
8th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
8th
M1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
6th
M1x

More info...

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Mark Banks
Learnt to Row: Leicester Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Leicester Rowing Club, Loughborough Students’ Rowing Club
Original Coach(es): Howard Marsh

Beyond the Boat

Jonny has always been a competitive sportsperson and raced cross-country in both athletics and mountain-biking before deciding to focus his attention on rowing. He attended local regattas with his family, who were involved in the sport, and joined Leicester RC in 2005. His first coach was Howard Marsh, who also went on to coach Jonny at Loughborough University.

Jonny graduated from Loughborough University in 2012 with a degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences, although his career ambitions lie with luxury performance cars. He also admires Lewis Hamilton: “Races F1 as his job, lives in Monaco when he’s not racing and has a list of cars in his garage you’d dream of – not a bad life!”

He has travelled extensively around South America, including a visit to 2016 Olympic host city Rio, and had the chance to detonate TNT in a silver mine in Bolivia. He also enjoyed the Italian food on a visit to the island of Elba last year but says a traditional Sunday roast is his perfect post-competition meal.

Jonny is a big football fan and would invite former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to his perfect dinner party, along with actress Jennifer Lawrence and DJ Tijs Michiel Verwest, aka Tiesto. House music is his soundtrack for both ergo training and relaxing.

GB Rowing Team colleague Matt Gotrel is Jonny’s house-mate.

Jonny is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Current Address Home Town Region
Loughborough Leicester Leicestershire
Current Address:
Loughborough
Home Town:
Leicester
Region:
Leicestershire
Date of Birth Weight Height
6th October 1990 90kg 190cm
Date of Birth:
6th October 1990
Weight:
90kg
Height:
190cm
Education
Loughborough University
Education:
Loughborough University