Ben Hunt-Davis

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Ben Hunt-Davis
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Personal information
Born (1972-03-15) 15 March 1972 (age 49)
Tidworth, Wiltshire, South West England

(Francis) Benedict Hunt-Davis[1][2] (born 15 March 1972) is a former British competition rower and an Olympic champion.

Early life[edit]

Hunt-Davis was educated at Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. He is the son of Anita and Miles Hunt-Davis, a British Army officer.

Rowing career[edit]

Hunt-Davis competed at the 1992 Barcelona games and the 1996 Atlanta games, and won a silver medal in the 1999 World Rowing Championships. He won a gold medal in the Men's VIIIs at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, as a member of the British rowing team, the first British crew to have won this event since 1912.[3]

Life after rowing[edit]

Hunt-Davis is a keynote speaker and performance coach, and owns a leadership development company, Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? Ltd with Tom Barry.[4] He has also worked for the British Olympic Association, and was the Chairman of the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships and Chairman of the Organising Committee for the 2013 World Rowing Cup at Eton Dorney.

He co-authored Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? with Harriet Beveridge.[5]

On 27 July 2012, Hunt-Davis was one of the crew of the Gloriana which rowed with the Olympic Torch from Hampton Court Palace to Westminster Bridge.[6]

Hunt-Davis married Isabella (née Parish) in 2000; they have three children.[7][8]


  1. ^ "MBEs D - G". 30 December 2000 – via
  2. ^ "Francis Benedict HUNT-DAVIS MBE - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)".
  3. ^ Profile: Ben Hunt-Davis (Retrieved on 12 December 2008)
  4. ^ "Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? Olympic-winning strategies for business performance & leadership development". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? Olympic winning strategies for everyday success". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Olympic torch: Flame awaits the Olympic ceremony". Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  7. ^ Foster, Peter (26 September 2000). "A flurry of wedding and engagement announcements follows British successes" – via
  8. ^ "Olympic rower Ben Hunt-Davis weds Isabella Parish in Italy with his gold medal-winning rowing eight team-mates inattendence". Archived from the original on 18 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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