Pete Reed MBE

Rower and Naval Officer // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 27th Jul 1981 (35 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 198.00
Hometown: Nailsworth

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Pete Reed is aiming for a third successive Olympic title following his memorable victories with the men’s four at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

The former Oxford Blue is one of the most decorated rowers in the GB Rowing Team, having also won five golds – three of them during this Olympiad – and three silvers at the World Championships during an illustrious career.

Pete is a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and a great ambassador for the Senior Service, generally known in the rowing world as ‘Commander’. He was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list.

 

Pete, a former Oxford Blue, is the reigning Olympic Champion in the men’s four, winning gold in Beijing and London, and a multiple World Champion.  He was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list.

On The Water

2016

European Bronze Medallist Men's Eight

2015

World Champion - Men's Eight

European Silver Medallist - Men's Eight

2014

World Champion - Men's Eight

European Bronze Medallist - Men's Eight

2013

World Champion - Men's Eight

2012

Olympic Champion - Men's Four

2009, 2010, 2011

World Silver Medallist - Men's Pair

2008

Olympic Champion - Men's Four

2005, 2006

World Champion - Men's Four

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

Pete was once again selected in the men’s eight for the 2016 season and won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Brandenburg, GB taking third place on the line. He missed the Lucerne World Cup through illness but returned for the World Cup in Poznan, where the GB eight enjoyed a good tussle with the Olympic champions from Germany on their way to a silver medal.

Pete remains on course to complete a golden Rio 2016 Olympiad after winning three successive World Championship titles with the men’s eight.

The latest came at the end of an enthralling 2015 for Pete and his crew-mates. They enjoyed a season-long battle with Germany, who had the upper hand at the European Championships in Poznan, Poland as the GB crew finished runners-up.

The tables were turned at the World Cup in Varese, although only just as GB produced a thrilling late surge to win gold by three-tenths of a second. It was even closer in Lucerne as Pete and the crew held on the narrowest of victories.

The World Championships promised even more drama and did not disappoint as the rivals went head to head once again. This time the GB eight won by two-tenths of a second to claim gold for a third successive year.

Pete has been an ever-present in the boat since 2013, when he helped to secure a historic first-ever World Championship gold for a British eight. He also won two World Cup regattas that year.

The 2014 season saw Pete and the eight win bronze at the European Championships. Second and third places followed at the World Cup in Aiguebelette and Lucerne respectively before the GB crew returned to the top of the podium in style at the World Championships, recording a convincing victory in Amsterdam.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

When Pete retained his Olympic title with the men’s four at London 2012, it continued a rowing career laden with medals.

The first three seasons of the London Olympiad saw Pete and Andrew Triggs Hodge contest the men’s pair, winning a host of World Cup medals but having to settle for silver at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Championships.

Both Pete and Andrew returned to the men’s four for the 2012 season, joining Tom James and Alex Gregory, and won back-to-back World Cup golds in Belgrade and Lucerne before narrowly losing to Australia in Munich.

However, they avenged that defeat in style at London 2012 – leading from start to finish to win one of six Team GB gold medals on Super Saturday.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
London 2012 M4-
Beijing 2008 M4-
Olympic Games:
London 2012
M4-
Olympic Games:
Beijing 2008
M4-
World Rowing Championship
2015 M8+
2014 M8+
2013 M8+
2011 M2-
2010 M2-
2009 M2-
2007 4th M4-
2006 M4-
2005 M4-
World Rowing Championship:
2015
M8+
World Rowing Championship:
2014
M8+
World Rowing Championship:
2013
M8+
World Rowing Championship:
2011
M2-
World Rowing Championship:
2010
M2-
World Rowing Championship:
2009
M2-
World Rowing Championship:
2007
4th
M4-
World Rowing Championship:
2006
M4-
World Rowing Championship:
2005
M4-
European Rowing Championships
2016 M8+
2015 M8+
2014 M8+
European Rowing Championships:
2016
M8+
European Rowing Championships:
2015
M8+
European Rowing Championships:
2014
M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan M8+
2015 Lucerne M8+
2015 Varese M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
M8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2003 4th M4+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2003
4th
M4+
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2013, 2015, 2016 2nd M2-
2005-2012 1st M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013, 2015, 2016
2nd
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2005-2012
1st
M2-

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It was while training as an officer on board HMS Exeter in 2001 that Pete used an ergometer for the first time, setting the fastest time in the Royal Navy’s fleet-wide fitness competition.

He took up rowing properly in 2002 while studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of the West of England and enjoyed a rapid rise through the sport.

After finishing fourth in the coxed four at the 2003 World U23 Championships, Pete narrowly missed out on selection for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

His major breakthrough came during a phenomenally successful 2005 in which he won the Boat Race with Oxford University and was part of a new-look men’s four – along with Andrew Triggs Hodge, Alex Partridge and Steve Williams – that won the World Championships and three World Cup golds.

The four repeated that achievement in 2006 and were unbeaten for 27 races in total before finishing runners-up at the World Cup in Lucerne in 2007.

Fourth place at that year’s World Championships and a difficult start to the 2008 season followed but, by the time of the Beijing Olympics, the GB four had re-established themselves as serious contenders. In a dramatic final, Pete, Andrew, Tom James and Steve Williams made a late push to overhaul Australia and win a memorable gold.  Pete was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list.

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Men’s Squad
Coach: Jürgen Grobler

Learnt to Row: University of the West of England
Original Club(s): Oxford University Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Fred Smallbone

Beyond the Boat

Pete, awarded the MBE in the 2009 New Years Honours list, has the world’s largest recorded lung capacity of 11.68 litres, almost twice the normal average. When he was tested by the Institute of Naval Medicine in 2009, he blasted the pointer off the graph at the first attempt.

He was born in Seattle in the United States but his family moved to England several months later. A Mechanical Engineer, Pete finished his Masters at Oxford University in 2005 and represented the Dark Blue in two Boat Races.

He was named as both the Royal Navy and Combined Services Sportsman of the Year in 2005 and received the prestigious British Olympic Association Male Olympic Athlete award in 2014.

Pete’s love of rowing is such that he lists The Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake at Caversham as his favourite travel destination and his ergo, his boat and his oars as the three things he would prefer to be stranded on a desert island with.

He is also a talented musician (piano) and can take a mean photograph. His ideal dinner guests are his wife, Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington, while his favourite book is True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race by Dan Topolski and Patrick Robinson.

Pete is Lottery funded through UK Sport and sponsored by the Royal Navy.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region(s)
Seattle (USA) West London Nailsworth Gloucestershire
Place of Birth:
Seattle (USA)
Current Address:
West London
Home Town:
Nailsworth
Region(s):
Gloucestershire
Date of Birth Weight Height
27 July 1981 102kg 198cm
Date of Birth:
27 July 1981
Weight:
102kg
Height:
198cm
Education
University of the West of England
Education:
University of the West of England