Richard Chambers (rower)

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Richard Chambers
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British lightweight coxless four (Richard Chambers, 2nd from right) at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Richard Scott Chambers
Nationality British
Born (1985-06-10) 10 June 1985 (age 31)
Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Residence Maidenhead
Alma mater Oxford Brookes University
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport Rowing
Event(s) Lightweight
Club Leander Club

Richard Scott Chambers (born 10 June 1985) is a British rower, and is the brother of fellow rower Peter Chambers. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London he was part of the British crew that won the silver medal in the lightweight men's four.


Richard began rowing at the age of 14, at Coleraine Academical Institution, under the coaching of Bobby Platt. He later left Coleraine Inst and joined Bann Rowing Club Coleraine at the age of 16, and went on to represent Ireland in the junior pair at the 2003 Home Internationals in Cork with Stephen Feeney, under the coaching of Simon Hamilton (Bann Rowing Club).

He attended Oxford Brookes University reading Construction Management and rowed for the university boat club, coached by Peter Haining and Richard Spratley. It was there that he progressed into the Great Britain Rowing team.

In 2005, Richard attended the World Under-23 Rowing Championships held in Amsterdam, where he took silver in the Lightweight Men's Quadruple Scull. The following year he won a Gold medal and a world best-time in the under-23 Lightweight Men's Pair event with Chris Bartley at Hazelwinkel (Belgium). He attended his first senior World Rowing Championships later on that summer (held at Dorney Lake) in the Lightweight Men's Pair.

In 2007 he rowed in the lightweight men's four, alongside James Clarke, Paul Mattick and James Lindsay-Fynn. Together they won the 2007 Rowing World Cup Series, and went on to take the Gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in Munich-Oberschleissheim. The following year the same quartet represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where they finished in fifth place.

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, he won the gold medal in the lightweight men's four, together with Paul Mattick, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley.[2]


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