Tom Ransley

Rower // Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 6th Sep 1985 (31 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 196.00
Hometown: Ashford

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Tom Ransley completed his collection of international titles at Rio 2016 when he added Olympic gold to his two World Championships and one European crown.

A former Cambridge Blue and World University Games medallist, Tom has just completed his eighth season with the senior GB men’s heavyweight squad.

Most of that time has been spent in the men’s eight, the boat in which he won Olympic gold in Rio and bronze at London 2012.

Tom Ransley completed his collection of international titles at Rio 2016 when he added Olympic gold to his two World Championships and one European crown

On The Water

2016

Olympic Champion Men's Eight

European Bronze Medallist Men's Eight

2015

European Champion M4-

2014

World Champion Men's Eight

2013

World Champion Men's Eight

2012

Olympic Bronze Medallist Men's Eight

2010-2011

Twice World Silver Medallist Men's Eight

2008

World University Bronze Medallist Men's Four

 

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013-2016

Tom returned to 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. Alan Sinclair subbed in for the ill Pete Reed for the Lucerne World Cup, where GB finished fourth. Pete 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.

The eight saved their best until last, winning their Olympic heat in fine fashion before producing a devastating performance in the final to lead from the front and record an emphatic victory to be crowned as Rio 2016 gold-medallists.

Tom spent his first full season in the men’s four during 2015 and it began in style as he, Alan Sinclair, Scott Durant and Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell successfully defended GB’s title at the European Championships in Poznan.

After a fifth-place finish at the Varese World Cup, the four missed out on the A final in Lucerne but raced well to finish third in the B final and place ninth overall.

Stewart Innes replaced Nathaniel for the World Championships in Aiguebelette, where the four rediscovered some of their early-season form to win a fine bronze medal.

Tom started the Olympiad in the men’s eight, helping to secure a historic first-ever World Championship gold for a British eight in 2013. He also won two World Cup regattas that year.

After picking up an injury in 2014, he made his comeback in the men’s four at the World Cup in Aiguebelette and was restored to the eight as GB won bronze in Lucerne. Tom then won his second successive World title in style as the eight recorded a convincing victory in Amsterdam.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009-2012

Tom spent the whole of the London Olympiad in the men’s eight, culminating in that bronze medal at Eton Dorney.

He established his place in the boat in 2009 and helping to secure World Cup bronze in Banyoles and Munich. They also finished fifth at the World Championships in Poznan.

An impressive 2010 that saw the GB crew win gold and two bronze medals in the World Cup series before securing a fine silver at the World Championships in New Zealand.

They repeated that achievement the following year in Bled, rowing through opposition from Canada and Australia to once again finish runners-up to Germany.

World Cup silver in Belgrade and Lucerne, plus bronze in Munich, saw the GB men’s eight go into the London 2012 Olympics among the medal favourites and they went on to claim bronze behind Germany and Canada.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 M8+
London 2012 M8+
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
M8+
Olympic Games:
London 2012
M8+
World Rowing Championships
2015 M4-
2014 M8+
2013 M8+
2011 M8+
2010 M8+
2009 5th M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2015
M4-
World Rowing Championships:
2014
M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2013
M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2011
M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2010
M8+
World Rowing Championships:
2009
5th
M8+
European Rowing Championships
2016 M8+
2015 M4-
2008 7th M4-
2007 5th M8+
European Rowing Championships:
2016
M8+
European Rowing Championships:
2015
M4-
European Rowing Championships:
2008
7th
M4-
European Rowing Championships:
2007
5th
M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan M8+
2016 Lucerne 4th M8+
2015 Lucerne 9th M4-
2015 Varese 5th M4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
4th
M8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
9th
M4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
5th
M4-
World Rowing U23 Championships
2007 6th M8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2007
6th
M8+
FISU World University Rowing Championships
2008 M4-
FISU World University Rowing Championships:
2008
M4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 6th M2-
2015 9th M2-
2013 4th M2-
2012 6th M2-
2010 3rd M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
6th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
9th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013
4th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
6th
M2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2010
3rd
M2-

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Tom made his first appearance for a GB eight in 2007 when he finished sixth at the World U23 Championships in Glasgow.  He also competed at the European Championships that year, placing fifth.

He made his senior GB World Cup debut the following year in a men’s four comprising of Cambridge University students, all of whom had taken part in the Boat Race. The crew finished tenth overall but went on to win bronze at the World University Championships.

Tom also raced in a four at the 2008 European Championships, winning the B final.

ClubSquadCoach
Leander ClubMen’s SquadJürgen Grobler
Club:
Leander Club
Squad:
Men’s Squad
Coach:
Jürgen Grobler
Original Club
York City Rowing Club
Original Club:
York City Rowing Club

Beyond the Boat

Born in Kent, Tom played basketball to a county level before opting to concentrate on rowing.

He studied History of Art at the University of York before completing postgraduates course in History and Management Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Tom was an Olympic Torchbearer in the build-up to London 2012, carrying the flame during the relay from Middlesbrough to Hull.

He is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal Information

Home Town Region
Ashford Kent
Home Town:
Ashford
Region:
Kent
Date of Birth Height
6 September 1985 196cm
Date of Birth:
6 September 1985
Height:
196cm
Education
University of York, Cambridge University
Education:
University of York, Cambridge University