15 October 1959|
Uxbridge, Greater London
|Died||24 October 2010
|Club||Kingston Rowing Club, Leander Club|
|Updated on 10 August 2012.|
Holmes was born in Uxbridge, Greater London, and was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, west London, where he was coached by Olympic rowing silver medallist Jim Clark. After leaving school, he rowed for Kingston Rowing Club and then Leander Club. At the age of 19, he won the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
He rowed twice in the Olympic Games (in 1984 and 1988) with Sir Steve Redgrave. He was a gold medalist in the Men's Coxed Fours in 1984 and in the Men's Coxless Pairs in 1988, when he also took bronze in the coxed pair. He also rowed in the 1986 Commonwealth Games, winning the coxed fours and the coxless pairs.
He retired from rowing in 1990 and severed most contacts with the sport. His daughter only discovered her father's gold medal winning pedigree when reading about him in a book at school.
He died in London in 2010 after contracting a water-borne disease, Leptospirosis, that comes from contact with rat urine or ingesting water contaminated with rat urine. It is known commonly as 'Weil's disease'. 
- Olympic Rowing Champion Andy Holmes dies aged 51, The Telegraph, 25 October 2010
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- Olympic rowing star Andy Holmes dies 'from water bug' Metro, 25 October 2010
- Andy Holmes: Rower whose partnership with Steve Redgrave sparked a British renaissance in the sport, The Independent, 27 October 2010
- Andy Holmes interview by Nick Greenslade in The Observer newspaper, March 5, 2006
- Video of 1988 Olympic Pair race
- Sports-reference profile
- Obituary in The Guardian