Mark Hunter (rower)

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Mark Hunter
Mark Hunter.jpg
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1978-07-01) 1 July 1978 (age 38)
Forest Gate, Greater London, England
Height 183 cm (6.00 ft)
Weight 11 st (70 kg)
Country United Kingdom
Sport Men's rowing
Event(s) Lightweight Double Sculls
Club Leander Rowing Club
Coached by Darren Whiter

Mark John Hunter MBE (born 1 July 1978) is a British rower.

Hunter was born in Forest Gate, London. While representing Havering in the London Youth Games, he took part in some of his early rowing competitions.[1] In 2007 he partnered Zac Purchase in the Great Britain Lightweight Men's Double Scull. They won medals at each World Cup Regatta through the season.[2] At the World Rowing Championships in Munich-Oberschleissheim they won a Bronze medal. The following year, their double dominated the lightweight event, winning all of their races, and finishing the season as Olympic champions. After a year off in 2009, they took Gold at the 2010 World Championships at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours,[3] and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of East London (UEL) in November, 2009.[4]

During his year off after the 2008 Olympics, he was an assistant coach of UCLA Women's rowing program.[5]

In 2009, Hunter was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame, and he was also granted an MBE for his services to rowing.

In 2013, Hunter announced his retirement from competitive rowing.[6]



  • 2012 London – Silver, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 2008 Beijing – Gold, Lightweight Double Scull (stroke)

World Championships[edit]

  • 2011 Bled – Gold, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 2010 Lake Karapiro – Gold, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 2007 Munich – Bronze, Lightweight Double Scull

World Cups[edit]

  • 2012 Belgrade- Gold, Lightweight Double Scull (stroke)
  • 2010 Munich – Gold, Lightweight Double Scull (stroke)
  • 2008 Poznań – Gold, Lightweight Double Scull (stroke)
  • 2008 Lucerne – Gold, Lightweight Double Scull (stroke)
  • 2008 Munich – Gold, Lightweight Double Scull (stroke)
  • 2007 Lucerne – Silver, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 2007 Amsterdam – Silver, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 2007 Ottensheim – Bronze, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 2005 Munich – 6th, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 2005 Eton – 4th, Lightweight Double Scull

World Rowing Under 23 Championships[edit]

  • 1999 – 8th, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 1998 – 9th, Lightweight Double Scull
  • 1997 – 10th, Lightweight Quadruple Scull

GB Rowing Team Senior Trials[edit]

  • 2011 – 4th, Lightweight Single Scull

2008–2009 Coached for UCLA Women's Rowing Team