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The GB Rowing Team is the high performance arm of British Rowing. Rowing is the nation’s most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.
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Rower // Men's Squad Date of Birth: 7th Jan 1994 (28 years old)
Club: Leander Club Height: 192cm Hometown: Staines
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Olympic silver medallist Tom Barras first grabbed the attention of the rowing world with a fantastic bronze medal in the single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in 2017.
He started rowing at the age of 11 at Burway RC near Staines, under the tutelage of Jim Mathieson. His first international performance came at the 2011 Coupe de la Jeunesse where he was selected to race in the men’s single scull. In 2012 he sculled at the World Rowing Junior Championships in the quad (JM4x), before joining the U23 team from 2014-2016 while studying physiotherapy at Cardiff University, where he rowed for the university club under the guidance of coach Ian Shore.
Tom won a bronze medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Rowing Championships in the double scull, and claimed the BUCS single-scull title in 2015.
At his first senior World Championships in 2017 in Florida, he took a number of impressive scalps, including New Zealand’s Robbie Manson and Croatia’s Olympic silver medallist Damir Martin, en route to his third place podium finish.
Tom 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, he 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, Tom 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.
He is Lottery funded through UK Sport.
Single scullers Tom Barras and Sam Mottram made it 12 GB Rowing Team crews through to the U23 World Championships finals with fantastic performances on Wednesday afternoon.
The next generation of GB Rowing Team stars produced some fantastic racing in perfect conditions at the national training centre as a highly-competitive Trials for the World Senior, U23 and Universities Championships concluded on Tuesday.