Pete Reed

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Pete Reed
OBE
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1981-07-27) 27 July 1981 (age 35)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Height 198 cm (6.50 ft)
Sport
Sport Men's rowing
College team Oxford University Boat Club
Club Leander Club
Coached by Jürgen Gröbler

Peter Reed OBE (born 27 July 1981) is a British Olympic rower. Reed is a three-times Olympic gold medallist - earning gold in the Men's coxless four at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and then a gold medal in the Men's eight at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He has won five gold medals and three silver medals at the World Championships.

Background and military career[edit]

Reed was born in Seattle, Washington, US but his family moved to Britain several months later. He was brought up in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire and attended Cirencester Deer Park School.

Reed is a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and began rowing relatively late. In 2001, whilst training as an officer on board HMS Exeter, he used an ergometer for the first time — and promptly posted the fastest time in the Royal Navy’s annual fleet-wide fitness competition.[1]

Rowing career[edit]

Reed took up rowing in his second year of university in 2002, whilst studying mechanical engineering at the University of the West of England, to become a naval engineer.[2] The following year, in 2003, coached by Fred Smallbone, he became a successful Boat Club President.

In 2004, Reed won a place at the University of Oxford to attend a two-year MSc course in engineering, based at Oriel College.[3] During this time, he trained at the Oxford University Boat Club (OUBC) under coach Sean Bowden, where he earned the nickname "The Commander". He was selected in both years for the Blue Boat to race against Cambridge in the annual Boat Race. Defeat in 2004 was followed by victory in 2005. The race gained much publicity as Oxford narrowly won by 2 lengths in a time of 16 minutes 42 seconds with its "heaviest-ever Boat Race crew", a record which was later broken in 2009.[4][5]

In 2005, Reed and his Oxford strokeman, Andrew Triggs Hodge, won GB senior pairs trials (together they have won every year since), and following the retirement of Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell were selected by coach Jürgen Gröbler to row alongside Alex Partridge and Steve Williams MBE, in the new Great Britain Coxless Four.

Unbeaten for 27 consecutive races until Lucerne 2007, the British Four won gold at all three World Cups in 2005 and 2006, and finished both seasons by becoming World Champions.

Reed continued his training to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. After a difficult early season, in which his teammates Tom James, whom he had rowed against in the 2005 Boat Race, and Andrew Triggs Hodge picked up injuries, the first-choice four raced together for the first time in Poznań in the final World Cup event of the season, finishing second. The GB four then dominated their heats and semi finals at the Beijing Olympics. In the final, however, the Australian four lead for most of the way. Only a dramatic push by the British boat in the closing stages made the difference; they won the nail biting final to become gold medallists in a time of 6 minutes 6.57 seconds, beating the Australian four by 1.28 seconds.

He stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and was reported in 2006 as having the largest recorded lung capacity (11.68 litres).[6] Originally due to return to full-time naval duties after returning from Beijing he confirmed on 6 November 2008 that he had been given permission to continue training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[7] At the 2012 Summer Games, Reed, along with Triggs-Hodge, James and Alex Gregory, helped Great Britain retain the gold medal in the men's coxless four.[8]

In August 2014, Reed was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[9]

Honours[edit]

Reed was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours[10] and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to rowing.[11][12]

Achievements[edit]

Olympics[edit]

World Championships[edit]

  • 2015 Aiguebelette - Gold, Men's Eight (3 seat)
  • 2014 Amsterdam - Gold, Men's Eight (5 seat)
  • 2013 Chungju – Gold, Men's Eight (4 seat)
  • 2011 Bled – Silver, Coxless Pair (Bow)
  • 2010 Karapiro – Silver, Coxless Pair (Bow)
  • 2009 Poznań – Silver, Coxless Pair (Bow)
  • 2007 Munich – 4th, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2006 Eton – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2005 Gifu – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)

World Cups[edit]

  • 2014 Lucerne - Bronze, Men's 8 (5 seat)
  • 2014 Aiguebelette - Silver, Men's 8 (5 seat)
  • 2013 Eton Dorney – Gold, Men's 8 (7 seat)
  • 2013 Sydney – Gold, Men's 8 (7 seat)
  • 2012 Munich – Silver, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2012 Lucerne – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2012 Belgrade – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2011 Lucerne – Silver, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2011 Munich – Gold, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2010 Lucerne - Silver, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2010 Munich - Silver, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2010 Bled - Gold, Eight (7 seat)
  • 2010 Bled - Silver, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2009 Lucerne - Silver, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2009 Munich - Silver, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2009 Banyoles – Gold, Coxless Pair (bow)
  • 2008 Poznań – Silver, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2008 Lucerne – 8th, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2008 Munich – Gold, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2007 Lucerne – Silver, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2007 Amsterdam – Gold, Men's Eight
  • 2007 Linz – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2006 Lucerne – Gold, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2006 Poznań – Gold, Coxless Four (3 seat)
  • 2006 Munich – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2005 Lucerne – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2005 Munich – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2005 Eton – Gold, Coxless Four (2 seat)
  • 2004 Poznań – 11th, Men's Pair

World Rowing Under 23 Championships[edit]

  • 2003 – 4th, Coxed Four

Other[edit]

  • British Olympic Association Male Olympic Athlete 2014
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2012
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2011
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2010
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2009
  • Combined Services Sportsman of the Year 2008
  • President's Award from the Sports Journalists' Association
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2008
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2007
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2006
  • Senior Pairs Trials winner 2005
  • Combined Services Sportsman of the Year 2005
  • Royal Navy Sportsman of the Year 2005

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navy Olympic Rower Selected for Rowing World Cup". Royal Navy. 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "UWE graduates represent Great Britain in Olympic Games" (PDF). The Bulletin July 2008. University of the West of England. Retrieved 14 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Pete Reed Profile". London Olympics 2012 Competitors' Profiles. Oxford University. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Oxford University crew weigh-in as the heaviest ever ahead of the Boat Race". The Daily Telegraph. 19 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Dark Blue crew are heaviest on record". The Guardian. 23 March 2005. 
  6. ^ English Institute of Sport, 17 November 2006, test ID 27781
  7. ^ "Reed has admirals on board for Olympic title defence". The Guardian. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "London 2012 - Rowing - Men's Coxless Four". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  10. ^ "(Supplement) no. 58929". The London Gazette. 31 December 2008. p. 21. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "(Supplement) no. 61803". The London Gazette. 31 December 2016. p. N14. 
  12. ^ "New Year's Honours list 2017 - Publications - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-31. 

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