Rowley Douglas

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Rowley Douglas
Medal record
Representing the  United Kingdom
Men's rowing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Eight

Rowley Douglas MBE (born 27 January 1977 in Washington, D.C., in the United States) is a coxswain and Rowing (sport) Olympic champion for Great Britain.

Douglas won a gold medal in the Coxed eights at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney as a member of the British rowing team.[1] In the Olympic final the British crew took an early lead and were only challenged towards the very end of the race.

Douglas coxed a variety of national team boats before taking the senior position with the national men's eight at the start of 1999. In the same year the crew won a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships. When in 2000 they won two rounds of the World Rowing Cup the eight began to be ranked amongst the favourites for the Olympics.[1]

Douglas's last major championship appearance was in 2001.

He came out of retirement in 2010 in anticipation of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,[2] but a proposed trial at the Team GB training camp in Varese, Italy was scrapped by British Rowing. Douglas appealed the decision but his claim was rejected.[3]

Douglas was awarded with an MBE (Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours 2000.[4]

He has held a number of senior roles across the financial services industry, including working for the financial services arm of General Electric.[2] He currently (2017) works as Vice President for North America for CloudSense, a US technology company.[3]


Douglas was educated at Monkton Combe School, an independent school in Somerset, UK, and at Oxford Brookes University, where he read Technology Management.


  1. ^ Profile: Rowley Douglas (Retrieved on 12 December 2008)
  2. ^ "Olympic Quest". 2011. 
  3. ^ Quarrell, Rachel (8 May 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: snubbed Rowley Douglas hits back at British Rowing over Games omission". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Olympians lead the way in New Year's Honours parade". The Northern Echo. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 16 March 2017.