|Birth name||Edward Coode|
19 June 1975 |
Indian Queens, Cornwall, England
|Height||192 cm – 6 ft / 3-inch|
|Weight||89 kg – 196 lb|
|College team||Oxford University Boat Club|
|Club||Imperial College Boat Club|
Born in Cornwall, Coode boarded at Papplewick School and Eton College. He studied marine biology at University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Keble College, Oxford, and rowed in the Oxford crew at the 1998 Boat Race.
Coode won his first World Championship in 1999, as a substitute in the British men's coxless four, rowing with Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell. When Tim Foster returned to the four, Coode was put into the coxless pair with Greg Searle. They finished fourth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics having led for most of the race and being overtaken by three crews in the last 600 m, finishing 12/100th of a second (about 2 feet) out of third place.
In 2001, he won a second World Championship in the men's coxless four with Steve Williams, Rick Dunn and Toby Garbett. In 2002, he missed the World Championships due to injury, Josh West taking his place in the coxless four, and was in the men's eight in 2003 that won the bronze at that year's world championships.
With the injury to Alex Partridge, Coode was moved from the eight to the coxless four for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, rowing with Pinsent, Cracknell and Williams. In a close race with World champions Canada, they won gold.
In October 2004, Coode announced he was retiring from rowing – taking a year out to travel in South America and then study for a law degree at University of the West of England in Bristol. Following two years at university he spent two years as a trainee solicitor at Bristol firm Burges Salmon, before qualifying and joining family law firm Coodes Solicitors which has branches across Cornwall.
On 17 September 2005 Coode married Clare Smales in Maker Church, Kingsand, Cornwall. Their daughter Beatrice Mary Arundell Coode (Bee) was born in February 2007, weighing 7lbs13oz. Their second daughter Ottilie Mary Loveday was born in March 2009. Their son Johnny was born at Christmas 2012.
- Olympic Medals: 1 Gold
- World Championship Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Bronze
- Junior World Championship Medals: 1 Silver
- Blue Boat Appearances: 1 (0 wins)
- 2004 — Gold, Coxless Four (with James Cracknell, Steve Williams, Matthew Pinsent)
- 2000 – 4th, Coxless Pair (with Greg Searle)
- 2003 – Bronze, Eight
- 2001 – Gold, Coxless Four (with Steve Williams, Rick Dunn, Toby Garbett)
- 1999 – Gold, Coxless Four (with Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell)
- 1998 – 7th, Eight
- 1997 – Bronze, Coxed Four
Junior World championships
- 1993 – Silver, Coxless Four