Steve Williams (rower)

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Williams on the summit of Mount Everest in May 2011
Personal information
Full nameStephen David Williams
NationalityFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Born (1976-04-15) 15 April 1976 (age 42)
Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Alma mater Oxford Brookes University
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Updated on 31 January 2016.

Stephen David Williams OBE (born 15 April 1976 in Leamington Spa [1] ) is an English rower and double Olympic champion. In April and May 2011, Williams walked to the North Pole and summited Mount Everest.

Leamington Spa spa town in central Warwickshire, England

Royal Leamington Spa, commonly known as Leamington Spa or Leamington, is a spa town in Warwickshire, England. Originally a small village called Leamington Priors, it grew into a spa town in the 18th century following the popularisation of its water which was reputed to have medicinal qualities, in the 19th century the town experienced one of the most rapid expansions in England. It is named after the River Leam, which flows through the town.

Rowing (sport) Sport where individuals or teams row boats by oar

Rowing, often referred to as crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat. The sport can be either recreational for enjoyment or fitness, or competitive, when athletes race against each other in boats. There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell to an eight-person shell with a coxswain.

North Pole Northern point where the Earths axis of rotation intersects its surface

The North Pole, also known as the Geographic North Pole or Terrestrial North Pole, is defined as the point in the Northern Hemisphere where the Earth's axis of rotation meets its surface.



Williams started rowing aged 13 while at Monkton Combe School, Bath, and attended Oxford Brookes University to study History and Town planning.

Monkton Combe School

Monkton Combe School is an independent boarding and day school of the British public school tradition, near Bath, England. The Senior School is located in the village of Monkton Combe, while the Prep School, Pre-Prep and Nursery are in Combe Down on the southern outskirts of Bath. Founded in 1868, the school maintains many public school traditions with a particular emphasis on academic and sporting achievements combined with pastoral care. The school has a strong Christian ethos within the Anglican evangelical tradition. The school is a member of the Rugby Group of independent schools in the United Kingdom.

Bath, Somerset city in Somerset, England, United Kingdom

Bath is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England, known for its Roman-built baths. In 2011, the population was 88,859. Bath is in the valley of the River Avon, 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 11 miles (18 km) south-east of Bristol. The city became a World Heritage site in 1987.

Oxford Brookes University university in Oxford, England

Oxford Brookes University is a public university in Oxford, England. It can trace its origins to 1865 when the former Oxford School of Art was established. In 1992 it became a university and was renamed to honour its former principal, John Henry Brookes.

International career

Williams made his full international debut in 1998 at the age of 22. He partnered Fred Scarlett in the coxless pair, and came a creditable sixth in his first world championships. A year later he partnered Simon Dennis in the same event, this time finishing fifth. In 2000 both Scarlett and Dennis would win seats in the Eight for the Olympics in Sydney, but Williams just missed out, and instead was part of a coxed four which won a gold medal at the World Championships in Zagreb for non-Olympic events. The following year he was again world champion, this time in the coxless four, and won the silver medal in the same discipline in both 2002 and 2003.

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With Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Ed Coode, Williams won Olympic gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the men's coxless four.

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Williams was the only member of the 2004 Olympic crew to continue racing for the 2005 season, joining Alex Partridge, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge in the coxless four, again winning at the World Championships that year and in 2006, before coming a disappointing fourth at the 2007 world championships. In 2008, Partridge was replaced by Cambridge Blue Tom James, and despite an injury torn season, the quartet became Olympic Champions, defeating the Australian boat by 1.28s on the day dubbed 'Super Saturday' by the media, owing to the large GB medal haul. The Australians had led for much of the race, before an epic push by the British boat overhauled them in the last 400 m.

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Current occupation

Williams was appointed as a fitness consultant to Andy Liddell for Ipswich Town Football Club on 3 July 2012.

Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Williams was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. [2]

On 22 January 2010 he announced his retirement from the sport. [3] [4]


Olympic Games

World Championships

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  1. Williams' Team GB profile
  2. "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 13.
  3. "GB Olympic champion rower Steve Williams retires". BBC. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  4. "Williams confident of British prospects without him in 2012". morethanthegames. 22 January 2012. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.