Chris Baillieu

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Chris Baillieu
Personal information
Full name Christopher Latham Baillieu
Nationality British
Born (1949-12-12) 12 December 1949 (age 68)
Education BA
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Height 6 ft 3 in (190 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg)
Spouse(s) Jane Elizabeth Bowie

Christopher Latham Baillieu MBE (born 12 December 1949) is an English former rower who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics and in the 1980 Summer Olympics representing Great Britain. He was the first chairman of British Swimming, from 2001 to 2008.[1]

Early life[edit]

Baillieu was born in Marylebone,[2] the son of Edward Latham Baillieu and his wife Betty Anne Jardine Taylor. He was the grandson of Clive Baillieu, 1st Baron Baillieu.[3] He was educated at Radley College and at Jesus College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1976.


Baillieu rowed in the winning Cambridge boat in the Boat Races in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. He then concentrated on sculling, and won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta with Mike Hart in 1973 and 1975.[4] In Montreal they won a silver medal for double sculls rowing at the 1976 Summer Olympics. The same pair won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup again in 1977 and a gold medal at the World Championships. Hart and Baillieu won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup again in 1978 but in 1979 he won with a new partner Jim Clark. In 1980, Baillieu and Clark finished fourth in the Double Sculls, rowing at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Baillieu then concentrated on single sculls and won the Wingfield Sculls four years running from 1981 to 1984,[5] and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1981, 1982, and 1984.


In 1984, Baillieu married Jane Elizabeth Bowie with whom he has had two sons and one daughter Charles, Olivia, and Edward.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Baillieu named as swimming chief". BBC Sport. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Chris Baillieu". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  3. ^ the
  4. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1946–2003 Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Wingfield Sculls Record of Races
  6. ^ "Who's Who 2009: New Names" (PDF). The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 

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