Pete Reed

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Pete Reed
Medal record
Men's Rowing
Competitor for  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing Coxless four
Gold 2012 London Coxless four
World Championships
Gold 2005 Gifu Coxless four
Gold 2006 Eton Dorney Coxless four
Gold 2013 Chungju Eight
Gold 2014 Amsterdam M8+
Silver 2009 Poznań Coxless pair
Silver 2010 Karapiro Coxless pair
Silver 2011 Bled Coxless pair
European Championships
Bronze 2014 Belgrade M8+

Peter Reed MBE (born 27 July 1981) is an English Olympic rower. Reed has won four gold medals and three silver medals in the World Championships, and earned gold medals in the Men's coxless four at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.


Reed was born in Seattle, but his family moved to England several months later. He was raised in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire and attended Cirencester Deer Park School.

Reed is a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy. In 2001, whilst training as an officer on board HMS Exeter, he used an ergometer for the first time — and promptly posted the fastest time in the Royal Navy’s annual fleet-wide fitness competition.

Reed then took up rowing in his second year of university in 2002, whilst studying mechanical engineering at the University of the West of England, to become a naval engineer.[1] The following year, in 2003, coached by Fred Smallbone, he became a successful Boat Club President.

In 2004, Reed won a place at the University of Oxford to attend a two-year MSc course in engineering, based at Oriel College.[2] During this time, he trained at the Oxford University Boat Club (OUBC) under coach Sean Bowden, where he earned the nickname "The Commander". He was selected in both years for the Blue Boat to race against Cambridge in the annual Boat Race. Defeat in 2004 was followed by victory in 2005, in the much-documented "heaviest-ever Boat Race crew". The crew won by 2 lengths in a time of 16 minutes 42 seconds.

In 2005, Reed and his Oxford strokeman, Andrew Triggs Hodge, won GB senior pairs trials (together they have won every year since), and following the retirement of Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell were selected by coach Jürgen Gröbler to row alongside Alex Partridge and Steve Williams MBE, in the new Great Britain Coxless Four.

Unbeaten for 27 consecutive races until Lucerne 2007, the British Four won gold at all three World Cups in 2005 and 2006, and finished both seasons by becoming World Champions.

Reed continued his training to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. After a difficult early season, in which his teammates Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge picked up injuries, the first-choice four raced together for the first time in Poznan in the final World Cup event of the season, finishing second. The GB four then dominated their heats and semi finals at the Beijing Olympics. In the final, however, the Australian four lead for most of the way. Only a dramatic push by the British boat in the closing stages made the difference; they won the nail biting final to become gold medallists in a time of 6 minutes 6.57 seconds, beating the Australian four by 1.28 seconds.

He stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and was reported in 2006 as having the largest recorded lung capacity (11.68 litres).[3] Originally due to return to full-time naval duties after returning from Beijing he confirmed on 6 November 2008 that he had been given permission to continue training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[4]

In August 2014, Reed was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[5]


Reed was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[6]



World Championships[edit]

  • 2014 Amsterdam - Gold, Men's Eight (5 seat)
  • 2013 Chungju – Gold, Men's Eight (4 seat)
  • 2011 Bled – Silver, Coxless Pair (Bow)
  • 2010 Karapiro – Silver, Coxless Pair (Bow)
  • 2009 Poznan – Silver, Coxless Pair (Bow)
  • 2007 Munich – 4th, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2006 Eton – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2005 Gifu – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)

World Cups[edit]

  • 2014 Lucerne - Bronze, Men's 8 (5 seat)
  • 2014 Aiguebelette - Silver, Men's 8 (5 seat)
  • 2013 Eton Dorney – Gold, Men's 8 (7 seat)
  • 2013 Sydney – Gold, Men's 8 (7 seat)
  • 2012 Belgrade – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2011 Lucerne – Silver, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2011 Munich – Gold, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2009 Banyoles – Gold, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2008 Poznan – Silver, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2008 Lucerne – 8th, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2008 Munich – Gold, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2007 Lucerne – Silver, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2007 Amsterdam – Gold, Men's Eight
  • 2007 Linz – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2006 Lucerne – Gold, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2006 Poznan – Gold, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2006 Munich – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2005 Lucerne – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2005 Munich – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2005 Eton – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2004 Poznan – 11th, Men's Pair

World Rowing Under 23 Championships[edit]

  • 2003 – 4th, Coxed Four


  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2012
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2011
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2010
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2009
  • Combined Services Sportsman of the Year 2008
  • President's Award from the Sports Journalists' Association
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2008
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2007
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2006
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2005
  • Combined Services Sportsman of the Year 2005
  • Royal Navy Sportsman of the Year 2005

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UWE graduates represent Great Britain in Olympic Games" (PDF). The Bulletin July 2008. University of the West of England. Retrieved 14 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Pete Reed Profile". London Olympics 2012 Competitors' Profiles. Oxford University. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ English Institute of Sport, 17 November 2006, test ID 27781
  4. ^ "Reed has admirals on board for Olympic title defence". The Guardian. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 21. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2009.

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