Alex Gregory

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Alex Gregory
Medal record
Men's Rowing
Competitor for  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold 2012 London Coxless four
World Championships
Gold 2009 Poznań Coxless Four
Gold 2011 Bled Coxless Four
Gold 2013 Chungju M8+
Gold 2014 Amsterdam Coxless Four
European Championships
Gold 2014 Belgrade M4−

Alex Gregory MBE (born 11 March 1984) is an English rower and Olympic Gold medallist.

Education[edit]

Gregory was educated at Bredon Hill Middle School, a co-educational state comprehensive school in the village of Ashton under Hill in Worcestershire in South West England, followed by Prince Henry's High School which has dedicated their Sports Pavillion and Conference Centre to the former pupil. He later attended the University of Reading in the town of Reading in Berkshire in South East England, from which he graduated in 2006.

Career[edit]

Born in Cheltenham, Gregory gained his first GB vest in 2004 at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Poland, finishing 11th in the quad.[1] At the World U23 Championships in 2005 he was 4th in the double and 8th in the single the following year. He has been a full member of the men's squad since his graduation from university.[1] Gregory is also a member of the Leander Rowing Club.[1]

He was selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as a reserve, having narrowly missed out on qualifying the men's quad for the Games.[1] Gregory won the pair at the GB Rowing Senior Trials in his first season in 'sweep'. He established his place in the new GB four during the 2009 World Cup Series winning two golds and a bronze to take the overall 2009 title. He was the 'rookie' in the boat, racing with three experienced Olympians, all medallists from Beijing. At the 2009 World Rowing Championships the four's main rivals were the Australian silver medal four from Beijing who had stayed together to avenge the GB victory at the Olympics. GB won the gold medal, almost two seconds ahead of Australia with Slovenia in third.[1]

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, Gregory raced in the men's four with crewmates Matthew Langridge, Richard Egington and Tom James, winning a gold medal ahead of Greece in second and Australia in third.[1]

At the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held in March at Eton Dorney, Gregory and crew mate Alex Partridge came second in the men's pair.[1]

Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs-Hodge, who won gold in the four in Beijing, were all selected along with Gregory for the Olympic season. The four went on to win the 2012 London Olympic Games gold medal in the Coxless four at Eton Dorney.[2]

In August 2012, to celebrate his Gold medal at London 2012, post boxes were painted gold in his home town of Cheltenham.[3]

Gregory was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing.[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Alex Gregory". www.britishrowing.org. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Olympics rowing: GB men's coxless four defend Games title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Stamps featuring Gloucestershire gold medal winners on sale". BBC News Gloucestershire. BBC News. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.
  5. ^ [1] Cabinet Office

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