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Oliver James

Oliver James has coxed the GB Rowing Team’s LTA mixed coxed four to three successive World Championship titles.

He guided them onto the podium again at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as successfully defended the gold medal they won at London 2012.

Oliver started coxing in 2009 at the University of Warwick while studying for a BA in Philosophy. He signed up for the boat club at the start of his first year and continued to row with the club throughout the three years of his undergraduate degree.

During the university holidays Oliver coxed for his local rowing club, Broxbourne, and travelled the country coxing for different university and town rowing clubs on their summer and winter training camps.

During his final year at University, Oliver decided he wanted to commit to rowing on a longer-term basis and signed up to join Leander Club as part of their 2012-13 athlete intake. After joining the Leander program, Oliver became involved in coxing the para-rowing squad at Caversham.

He made his GB Rowing Team debut in 2013 as cox of a new-look mixed coxed four featuring Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, Oli Hester and James Fox. They won World Cup at Eton Dorney before finishing five seconds clear of Italy at the World Championships in Chungju, South Korea.

Grace Clough replaced Naomi Riches for the first race of 2014, where the four once again won World Cup gold in Varese. Dan Brown then came in for Oli Hester at the World Championships in Amsterdam and helped GB secure another impressive clear-water victory.

The 2015 season saw the LTA mixed coxed four of Oliver, Grace Clough, Pamela Relph, Daniel Brown and James Fox once again prove they are the boat to beat.

During an outstanding World Cup in Varese, Oliver coxed the four to world-best times on consecutive days as they won gold in emphatic style. The World Championships in Aiguebelette proved to be a much tighter affair but the GB crew dug deep to see off a strong challenge from the United States and retain their title.

At Rio 2016 the mixed coxed four delivered in the final race of the regatta, with Oliver calling the tactics and team-mates Daniel Brown, James Fox, Grace Clough and Pam Relph providing the power to secure gold for ParalympicsGB.

Major results

2016 Rio Paralympic Games
LTA mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)
2015 World Championships, Aiguebelette, France
LTA mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)
2014 World Championships, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
LTA mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)
2013 World Championships, Chungju, South Korea
LTA mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)

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