Richard Chambers

Rower // Lightweight Men's Double Scull
Date of Birth: 10th Jun 1985 (31 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 183.00
Hometown: Coleraine

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Double World Champion Richard Chambers is one of the most established members of the GB Rowing Team lightweight squad, having made his senior debut in 2006.

He has competed in two Olympic Games during that time and went mighty close to winning a gold medal in the lightweight men’s four at London 2012.

Richard – whose brother Peter is also a member of the GB Rowing Team – is an accomplished sculler and sweep oarsman, winning medals on the international stage in both disciplines during a successful career.

 

Olympic silver medallist and double World Champion in the lightweight men's four, Richard has also won World and European silver medals in the lightweight men's double

On The Water

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013-2016

Richard was once again selected to partner Will Fletcher in the lightweight men’s double scull for the 2016 season. Injury forced them to miss the European Championships in Brandenburg, while they finished fifth at the World Cups in both Lucerne and Poznan.

Richard and Will enjoyed a highly-encouraging debut season together in the lightweight double in 2015. They quickly forged a good partnership and won a silver medal at the European Championships in Poznan behind France’s Stany Delayre and Jeremie Azou, who went on to finish the season unbeaten.

A bronze medal at the World Cup in Varese was followed by an eventful regatta in Lucerne, where an injury to Will meant Richard was joined by Jono Clegg for the final.  It was Jono’s second final in less than 24 hours and, after a brave effort, the GB duo finished fifth.

Richard and Will were back to their best at the World Championships in Aiguebelette and, in a high-quality final featuring the 2013 and 2014 gold-medallists, led the field at halfway. Delayre and Azou then moved clear in front of their home crowd but Richard and Will, who won silver, were closing in on them at the line.

Richard had first raced in the lightweight double in 2013, winning World Cup gold with Adam Freeman-Pask in Sydney before teaming up with brother Peter Chambers to claim World Cup silver and bronze.  They were also third at the World Championships in Chungju.

The 2014 season saw the Chambers brothers return to the lightweight four where, alongside Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley, they won a hard-fought silver at the European Championships. Bronze medals followed at the World Cups in Aiguebelette and Lucerne before another third-placed finish was secured in a competitive World Championships final in Amsterdam.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009-2012

Richard’s silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games came seven years after he won a medal of the same colour on his GB Rowing Team debut at the World U23 Championships in Amsterdam.

After sustaining an injury in the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials Richard was ruled-out of the first season of the London Olympiad entirely.

However, he made a stunning return in 2010, winning two World Cup golds and a silver alongside Chris Bartley, Paul Mattick and Rob Williams. The four then capped an exceptional season by securing the World title in New Zealand, with just eight-hundredths of a second separating the top three.

The same four came from sixth to win bronze at the 2011 World Championships in Bled, having won World Cup gold and bronze in Lucerne and Munich respectively.

Richard was joined by his brother, Peter, in the four for 2012 along with Chris and Rob. They won silver in Belgrade and bronze in Lucerne before finishing the World Cup series with gold in Munich. An extremely close Olympic final at Eton Dorney saw the GB four finish just two-tenths of a second behind South Africa but hold off Denmark to secure silver.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 7th LM2x
London 2012 LM4-
Beijing 2008 5th LM4-
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
7th
LM2x
Olympic Games:
London 2012
LM4-
Olympic Games:
Beijing 2008
5th
LM4-
World Rowing Championships
2015 LM2x
2014 LM4-
2013 LM2x
2011 LM4-
2010 LM4-
2007 LM4-
2006 6th LM2-
World Rowing Championships:
2015
LM2x
World Rowing Championships:
2014
LM4-
World Rowing Championships:
2013
LM2x
World Rowing Championships:
2011
LM4-
World Rowing Championships:
2010
LM4-
World Rowing Championships:
2007
LM4-
World Rowing Championships:
2006
6th
LM2-
European Rowing Championships
2015 LM2x
2014 LM4-
European Rowing Championships:
2015
LM2x
European Rowing Championships:
2014
LM4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan 5th LM2x
2016 Lucerne 5th LM2x
2015 Lucerne 5th LM2x
2015 Varese LM2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
5th
LM2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
5th
LM2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
5th
LM2x
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
LM2x
World Rowing U23 Championships
2006 LM2-
2005 LM4x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2006
LM2-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2005
LM4x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2015 3rd LM1x
2014 4th LM1x
2013 3rd LM1x
2011 5th LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
3rd
LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
4th
LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013
3rd
LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
5th
LM1x

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On his GB Rowing Team debut in 2005 Richard won a silver medal in the lightweight quad at the World U23 Championships in Amsterdam but it was in a pair with Chris Bartley that he won gold at the 2006 U23 Championships in Hazewinkel.  That earned Richard and Chris selection for the senior World Championships at Eton Dorney, where they finished a solid sixth.

Richard’s first season in the lightweight four proved to be a historic one as GB won a first-ever lightweight Olympic-class gold at the 2007 World Championships in Munich.  The four also topped the World Cup series after winning gold, silver and bronze and were selected by TeamGB for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where they had to settle for fifth place.

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Lightweight Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Darren Whiter
Learnt to Row: Coleraine Academical Institution
Original Club(s): Oxford Brookes University Boat Club
Original Coach(es): Bobby Platt MBE

Beyond the Boat

Richard attended Coleraine Academical Institution where he began rowing at the age of 15 under the watchful eye of Bobby Platt MBE. In 2003 he moved to Oxford Brookes University to study Construction Management.

He is an ambassador for Volunteer Now & Cancer focus NI.  In September 2013 Richard and his younger brother and team mate, Peter, visited Uganda with the Christian charity Tearfund to helps raise awareness of the need for clean, fresh water.

Richard is the proud father of Joshua and Alexandra

He is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town Region
Belfast Maidenhead Coleraine Northern Ireland
Place of Birth:
Belfast
Current Address:
Maidenhead
Home Town:
Coleraine
Region:
Northern Ireland
Date of Birth Weight Height
10th June 1985 70kg 183cm
Date of Birth:
10th June 1985
Weight:
70kg
Height:
183cm
Education
Coleraine Academical Institution for Boys, Oxford Brookes University
Education:
Coleraine Academical Institution for Boys, Oxford Brookes University