Tom Barras

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 7th Jan 1994 (26 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 192cm
Hometown: Staines

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Tom Barras shot to the attention of the rowing world with a fantastic bronze medal in the single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton.

In Florida, Barras took a number of impressive scalps, including New Zealand’s Robbie Manson and Croatia’s Olympic silver medallist Damir Martin, en route to the podium at his first senior World Championships.

Barras started rowing at the age of 11 at Burway RC near Staines, under the tutelage of Jim Mathieson and has proved himself to be a great sculling talent. He has won numerous domestic titles in the single scull and has been a reliable member of the junior and under-23l teams.

Barras studied Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, where he rowed for the university club under the guidance of coach Ian Shore.

His first international performance came at the 2011 Coupe de la Jeunesse where he was selected to race in the men’s single scull. He went on to represent Great Britain at the 2012 World Rowing Junior Championships in Plovdiv, finishing 12th alongside James Rudkin. As an U23, Barras raced for Great Britain at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 World Championships – his best result was a fifth place at Rotterdam in 2016.

Domestically, Barras won a bronze medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Rowing Championships in the double scull, and claimed the BUCS single-scull title in 2015.

On The Water

GB Competitive Record

Year Event Position Boat
2019 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
2 (FC Final) M1x
2019 World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
2 (FC Final) M1x
2019 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
4 M1x
2019 European Rowing Championships
Lucerne, SUI
1 (FB Final) M1x
2018 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
1 (FB Final) M4x
2018 European Rowing Championships
Glasgow, GBR
6 M4x
2018 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
M4x
2018 World Rowing Cup II
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
1 (FB Final) M4x
2018 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
M4x
2017 World Rowing Championships
Sarasota-Bradenton, USA
M1x
2017 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
1 (FC Final) M1x
2017 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
5 M1x
2017 European Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
4 M4x
2017 World Rowing Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
M4x
2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Rotterdam, NED
5 BM1x
2014 World Rowing U23 Championships
Varese, ITA
1 (FC Final) BM4x
2012 World Rowing Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
6 (FB Final) JM4x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsLinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
2 (FC Final)
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIIRotterdam, NED
Position:
2 (FC Final)
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIPoznan, POL
Position:
4
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2019
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsLucerne, SUI
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsGlasgow, GBR
Position:
6
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIILucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IILinz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2018
Event:
World Rowing Cup IBelgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsSarasota-Bradenton, USA
Position:
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIILucerne, SUI
Position:
1 (FC Final)
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup IIPoznan, POL
Position:
5
Boat:
M1x
Year:
2017
Event:
European Rowing ChampionshipsRacice, CZE
Position:
4
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Cup IBelgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M4x
Year:
2016
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 ChampionshipsRotterdam, NED
Position:
5
Boat:
BM1x
Year:
2014
Event:
World Rowing U23 ChampionshipsVarese, ITA
Position:
1 (FC Final)
Boat:
BM4x
Year:
2012
Event:
World Rowing ChampionshipsPlovdiv, BUL
Position:
6 (FB Final)
Boat:
JM4x

Beyond the Boat

Barras is a qualified physiotherapist and works part-time alongside training. His family live in Staines, which is twinned with Mauritius – his favourite holiday destination, because of the lovely weather and beaches.

Given the chance to become any other sportsperson, Barras would choose to be Usain Bolt, who he admires for his ability to have fun without impacting on performance.

If stranded on a desert island, Barras would hope to be accompanied by a decent supply of tracksuit bottoms, Coca-Cola, and his phone. He relaxes on the sofa after training by watching Les Misérables or Olympus Has Fallen, and three of his best friends would be his ideal dinner party companions.

Barras is Lottery funded through UK Sport.