Will Fletcher

Rower // Lightweight Men's Double Scull
Date of Birth: 24th Dec 1989 (26 years old)
Club: Leander Club
Height: 185.00
Hometown: Chester-le-Street

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

Will Fletcher will make his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 in the lightweight men’s double scull - the boat he helped to qualify for the Games at the 2015 World Championships.

A World U23 Championships gold-medallist, Will made his first senior GB Rowing Team appearance in 2011 and has been a regular in the Olympic-class boats during this Olympiad.

Having won medals at the World and European Championships, he is ambitious to get on the podium again in Brazil next summer.

 

A former World U23 champion, Will Fletcher will make his Olympic debut at Rio 2016

On The Water

2015

World and European Silver Medallist Lightweight Men's Double Scull

2013

World Bronze Medallist Lightweight Men's Four

2012

World Silver Medallist Lightweight Men's Four

2010

World U23 Champion Lightweight Men's Four

2009

World U23 Bronze Medallist Lightweight Men's Quadruple Scull

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After winning the GB Rowing Team Trials, Will was once again selected to partner Richard Chambers in the lightweight men’s double scull for the 2016 season. An injury to Richard forced them to miss the European Championships in Brandenburg, while the double finished fifth at the World Cups in both Lucerne and Poznan.

Will and Richard had enjoyed a highly-encouraging debut season together in the lightweight men’s double scull 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 injury forced Will to miss the final. Jono Clegg stepped in for his second final in less than 24 hours and, after a brave effort, the GB duo finished fifth.

Will and Richard 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 the GB double, who won silver, were closing in on them at the line.

Will had started the Olympiad in the lightweight men’s four with Jono, Adam Freeman-Pask and Chris Bartley, winning bronze at both the Eton Dorney World Cup and the World Championships in Chungju.

He switched to the lightweight double for 2014, partnering Jamie Kirkwood. After finishing ninth at both the European Championships in Belgrade and World Cup in Aiguebelette, they improved to fifth at the Lucerne World Cup. There was a deep field at the World Championships in Amsterdam, where Will and Jamie produced a strong performance to win the B final and place seventh overall.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Will successfully worked his way through the GB Rowing Team ranks to establish himself in the senior squad.

He gained his first international vest in the 2006 GB v France J16 match, winning gold medal in the men’s four, and followed this with two bronze medals in the same boat at the Coupe de Jeunesse in 2007.

A lightweight men’s quad bronze medal at the 2009 World U23 Championships was followed 12 months later by gold in the lightweight four alongside Jono Clegg and Jamie Kirkwood.

All three made their senior GB Rowing Team debuts at the Munich World Cup in 2011, placing 11th overall in the second lightweight men’s four. The same crew went on to finish seventh at the World U23 Championships in Amsterdam.

Will and Jono were also selected in the lightweight four alongside Sam Scrimgeour and Adam Freeman-Pask for the 2012 European Championships in Varese, winning a silver medal.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 7th LM2x
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
7th
LM2x
World Rowing Championships
2015 LM2x
2014 7th LM2x
2013 LM4-
World Rowing Championships:
2015
LM2x
World Rowing Championships:
2014
7th
LM2x
World Rowing Championships:
2013
LM4-
World Rowing U23 Championships
2011 7th LM4-
2010 LM4-
2009 LM4x
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2011
7th
LM4-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2010
LM4-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2009
LM4x
European Rowing Championships
2015 LM2x
2014 9th LM2x
2012 LM4-
European Rowing Championships:
2015
LM2x
European Rowing Championships:
2014
9th
LM2x
European Rowing Championships:
2012
LM4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan 5th LM2x
2016 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 Varese
LM2x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 1st LM1x
2015 2nd LM1x
2014 2nd LM1x
2013 4th LM1x
2009 6th LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
1st
LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
2nd
LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
2nd
LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2013
4th
LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2009
6th
LM1x

More info...

Club: Leander Club
Boat: Lightweight Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Rob Morgan

Learnt to Row: Tyne Rowing Club
Original Club(s): Tyne Rowing Club / Tyne United Rowing Club, Durham University Boat Club
Original Coach(es): David Robinson / Wade Hall-Craggs

 

Beyond the Boat

Will took up rowing at Tyne RC having been inspired by his sister Frances, who was an U23 World silver medallist in 2005.

He is believed to be the youngest rower to have won at three successive Henley Royal Regattas, having lifted the Wyfold Challenge Cup in 2008, the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup in 2009 and the Visitors Challenge Cup in 2010.

During that time, Will also completed a Modern Sports Apprenticeship in Coaching Rowing with Durham University. He continues to work with the DUBC coaching team.

Will was an avid footballer – his ideal non-rowing job would be playing for Newcastle United – and was invited for county trials but his current soccer activity is “a few games of Fifa” while relaxing. A football is one of the three things he would take to a desert island, along with Diet Coke and Creme Eggs.

He now counts watersports among his favourite leisure pastimes and enjoys water-skiing, knee-boarding and body-surfing. “I’ve also been told I’m pretty good at croquet!”

Friends is Will’s favourite TV show – “a great laugh no matter how many times you watch it” – and he has a wide range in musical tastes, from Disney classic to remixes by Norwegian DJ Kygo.

His ideal dinner-party guests would be Zach Galifianakis, Peter Kay and Mila Kunis, with his perfect post-competition menu comprising “potato skins for starter, Chicken Korma, pilau rice and poppadoms for main with Krispy Kreme doughnuts for dessert”.

Will is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Current Address Home Town Region(s)
Chester-le-Street Chester-le-Street County Durham
Current Address:
Chester-le-Street
Home Town:
Chester-le-Street
Region(s):
County Durham
Date of Birth Weight Height
24th December 1989 70kg 185cm
Date of Birth:
24th December 1989
Weight:
70kg
Height:
185cm
Education
Park View School
Education:
Park View School