James Roe (rower)

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James Roe MBE (born 28 March 1988) is a British adaptive rower. He was part of the mixed coxed team that won gold at both the 2011 World Rowing Championships and the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Personal life[edit]

Roe was born on 28 March 1988 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.[1] He is visually impaired.[1]

In 2009 he graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art.[1]


Roe started rowing when he joined his local club (Stratford Upon-Avon Boat Club) at the age of 12.[1] He competes in the legs, trunks and arms adaptive mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+) event and won a gold medal at the 2009 World Rowing Championships, alongside Vicky Hansford, David Smith, Naomi Riches and cox Rhiannon Jones.[2] At the 2010 World Rowing Championships held at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand he won a silver medal with Smith, Riches, Ryan Chamberlain and Jones.[1]

In 2011 he competed at the at World Rowing Championships held at Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia. He won the gold medal in the LTAMix4+ event alongside crewmates Pam Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith and cox, Lily van den Broecke.[1][3] They completed the one kilometre course in a time of three minutes, 27.10 seconds, finishing nearly five seconds ahead of runners-up Canada. The result qualified a boat for Great Britain into the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.[4] The crew repeated their gold medal result at the Munich World Cup event in 2012.[1]

Roe was selected along with Relph, Riches, Smith, and van den Broeke, to compete for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the mixed coxed four event.[5] The crew took gold at Eton Dorney on 2 September.[6]

Roe was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "James Roe". British Paralympic Association. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  2. ^ Gough, Martin (29 August 2009). "Britain win two golds at Worlds". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. ^ "World Rowing: GB mixed coxed four win adaptive gold". BBC Sport. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Wham, bam thank you Pam as rower gets gold to set up London 2012 dream". The Bucks Herald. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  5. ^ "2012 Paralympics: GB rowing's mixed coxed four – who's who?". BBC Sport. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Great Britain win rowing gold in mixed coxed fours". guardian.co.uk. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  7. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 25.
  8. ^ [1] Cabinet Office