Peter Haining (rower)

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Peter Haining
Medal record
Competitor for  United Kingdom
Men's Rowing
World Championships
Silver 1986 Nottingam Lwt Coxless Four
Silver 1987 Copenhagen Lwt Coxless Four
Bronze 1990 Tasmania Lwt Eight
Gold 1993 Račice Lwt Single scull
Gold 1994 Indianapolis Lwt Single scull
Gold 1995 Tampere Lwt Single scull
Silver 2000 Zagreb Lwt Coxless pair

Peter Moir Haining (born 3 April 1962) is a former Scottish rower and three times World Lightweight Sculling Champion.

Haining was born at Dumbarton, Scotland, the son of Jackie and Betty Haining.[1] His father and sister were rowers, and he learnt to row at Loch Lomond Rowing Club.[2] He attended Levenvale Primary School and Vale of Leven Academy and left school to start apprenticeship as painter and decorator, but as international level rowing in the UK at the time was centred on London he went south to join London Rowing Club.[1]

In 1984 he went to Nottingham to the National lightweight squad after being impressed by a Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association four at Henley.[1] His first international success came in the 1986 Commonwealth Games, where the GB lightweight four, rowing as England, won gold.[3] He also won two silver medals at the World Rowing Championships in the lightweight coxless four in 1986 and 1987 and bronze in the lightweight eight in 1990. He was a member of the crew that won the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1989 on a rerow. In 1990 when he was persistently late for training in the eight, his coach pushed him into single sculling.[1]

Although a lightweight rower, Haining competed for Great Britain at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, in the unplaced quadruple scull.[4] He was then World Champion in lightweight single sculls in 1993,[5] 1994 and 1995. Rowing for Auriol Kensington Rowing Club, he won the Wingfield Sculls in 1994, 1995, and 1996[6] and competed in the single scull at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, finishing 11th overall, rather than competing in one of the lightweight events introduced at that games.[4]

Haining was runner up to Greg Searle in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1997[7] and won a silver medal at the World Championships lightweight coxless pairs in 1998. In 2000 he won the Wingfield Sculls again. His last international appearance before retiring was in the GB lightweight eight at the World Rowing Championships in 2002.

In 2005 Haining joined Richard Spratley as coach at Oxford Brookes University Boat Club [8] where he was responsible for training all crews including that winning The Temple Challenge Cup in 2006 [9]


  1. ^ a b c d Christopher Dodd The Lightweight Champion of Champions British Rowing Almanack 1996
  2. ^ Loch Lomond Rowing Club
  3. ^ The Vale of Leven - Peter Haining
  4. ^ a b Sports Reference Olympic Sports - Peter Haining
  5. ^ Hugh Matheson Rowing:Haining digs deep to mine gold: Britain's Olympic and world champions pull confidently to victory The Independent Monday, 12 July 1993
  6. ^ Wingfield Sculls Record of Races
  7. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1946-2003
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  9. ^ [2]