Oliver Cook

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 5th Jun 1990 (27 years old)
Club: University of London BC
Height: 194.00
Hometown: Windsor

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Reigning world champion Ollie Cook is among the talented young GB rowers making their mark in arguably the most competitive men's open-weight squad in world rowing.

Oliver Cook represented his country as a junior and at U23 level before becoming part of the senior squad in 2012. He won gold in the men’s coxed pair at the 2016 World Rowing Championships.

Cook is currently studying for an MSt in Imperial & Global History at Oxford University and will be looking to develop his own international career during the Tokyo 2020 Olympiad. He and his brother, Jamie, were part of the winning Blue Boat crew in the 2017 men’s Boat Race.

Having represented his country at junior and U23 level, Ollie is making his mark in the senior ranks and won World Championships gold in 2016

On The Water

2016

World Champion Men's Coxed Pair

2014

European Bronze Medallist Men's Eight

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

Cook and Callum McBrierty started the 2016 season in the men’s pair, finishing ninth at the Varese World Cup. They then teamed up with cox Henry Fieldman in the coxed pair for the World Cup in Poznan, where they beat Turkey to gold in a two-boat race. The trio’s fine form continued at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam where, after winning their heat and semi-final, they stormed away from the field in the final to win gold by clear water.

Cook was selected as men’s sweep spare for the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, having finished eighth with Stewart Innes as a second GB men’s pair at the World Cup in Lucerne.

He made his first World Cup appearance during the 2013 season and it was a successful one as he won gold with the men’s eight at Eton Dorney. Cook was then selected in a second GB eight in Lucerne, finishing eighth, before making his world championships debut in the men’s pair with James Foad in Chungju, placing seventh overall.

After winning a bronze medal in the eight at the 2014 European Championships in Belgrade, he formed a second GB men’s pair with Phil Congdon at the World Cup in Lucerne, finishing 11th. He was also selected as sweep spare for the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell, Tom Ransley, Paul Bennett, Oliver Cook, Pete Reed, Constantine Louloudis, Mat Tarrant, Will Satch and cox Phelan Hill in the men's eight in 2014

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Cook – whose GB debut came in the men’s four at the 2008 Coupe de la Jeunesse – raced at the 2012 World U23 Championships in Trakai, finishing just outside the medals in the men’s eight.

He made his senior debut in the same boat at the European Championships later that season, finishing fifth in Varese.

GB Competitive Record

World Rowing Championships
2016 M2+
2013 7th M2-
World Rowing Championships:
2016
M2+
World Rowing Championships:
2013
7th
M2-
European Championships
2014 M8+
2012 5th M8+
European Championships:
2014
M8+
European Championships:
2012
5th
M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan M2+
2016 Varese 9th M2-
2015 Lucerne 8th M2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
M2+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Varese
9th
M2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
8th
M2-
World Rowing U23 Championships
2012 4th M8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2012
4th
M8+
Coupe de la Jeunesse
2008 5th JM4-
Coupe de la Jeunesse:
2008
5th
JM4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 10th M2-
2015 8th M2-
2014 6th M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
10th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
8th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
6th
M2-

More info...

Club: University of London BC
Boat: Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Rob Dauncey
Learnt to Row: Eton Excelsior RC
Original Club(s): Eton Excelsior RC

Beyond the Boat

After finishing at school, Cook took a gap year to teach in South Africa.  He is a trustee of the Harry Birrell Scholarship Trust, a charity that raises money to pay for disadvantaged children in Grahamstown, South Africa to go to school.

In 2011 Cook was part of the Row Zambezi Expedition.  It was the first time anyone had rowed the 1,000km of the Upper Zambezi, starting from near its source on the Angolan/Zambian border and rowing to the Victoria Falls in Zambia.  The expedition raised over £25,000 for Village Water.

While studying international relations and history at the London School of Economics, Cook founded the LSE Ambassadors for Sport programme which aims to support and fund students at LSE who are or, who aspire, to compete at an international level in their sport.   He was also entered into the LSE Mr University competition.  “Lacking any identifiable talent, I dressed up as a woman and did the Call On Me dance routine – I somehow won.”

He has also studied for a postgraduate diploma in International Development at East Berkshire College and is learning Arabic. His ideal job is a travel writer and, after the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, he travelled to North Korea. He describes it as “the most astonishing and surreal place I have been to but they were some of the most welcoming and interesting people I have ever met. I even saw someone in a single scull training on the Taedong River through Pyongyang”.

Muhammad Ali, William Wilberforce and Sir Edmund Hillary are his dream dinner companions and the Blues Brothers or any of the Monty Python films are his movies of choice.

He is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Current Address Home Town
Windsor Windsor
Current Address:
Windsor
Home Town:
Windsor
Date of Birth Height
5th June 1990 194cm
Date of Birth:
5th June 1990
Height:
194cm
Education
Abingdon School, London School of Economics
Education:
Abingdon School, London School of Economics