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Steve Williams (rower)

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Steve Willams
Williams on the summit of Mount Everest in May 2011
Personal information
Full nameStephen David Williams
Nationality Great Britain
Born (1976-04-15) 15 April 1976 (age 48)
Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Alma materOxford Brookes University
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Coxless four
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Coxless four
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 Zagreb Coxed four
Gold medal – first place 2001 Lucerne Coxless four
Gold medal – first place 2005 Gifu Coxless four
Gold medal – first place 2006 Eton Coxless four
Silver medal – second place 2002 Seville Coxless four
Silver medal – second place 2003 Milan Coxless four
Updated on 31 January 2016

Stephen David Williams OBE (born 15 April 1976 in Leamington Spa[1]) is an English rower and double Olympic champion. In April and May 2011, Williams walked to the North Pole and achieved the summit of Mount Everest.


Williams was educated at Monkton Combe School, Bath, where he began rowing aged 13. He attended Oxford Brookes University where he studied History and Town planning.

International career[edit]

Williams made his full international debut in 1998 at the age of 22. He partnered Fred Scarlett in the coxless pair, and came sixth in his first world championships. A year later he partnered Simon Dennis in the same event, this time finishing fifth. In 2000 both Scarlett and Dennis won seats in the GB Eight for the Olympics in Sydney but Williams just missed out, and instead was a member of the Coxed Four which won a gold medal at the World Championships in Zagreb for non-Olympic events. In 2001 he was again world champion, this time in the Coxless Four, and won the silver medal in the same discipline in both 2002 and 2003.

With Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Ed Coode, Williams won Olympic gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the men's coxless four.

Williams was the only member of the 2004 Olympic crew to continue racing in the 2005 season, joining Alex Partridge, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge in the coxless four, again winning the World Championship that year and in 2006, before coming in fourth at the 2007 world championships. In 2008, Partridge was replaced in the four by Cambridge Blue Tom James, and - despite an injury-torn season - the quartet became Olympic Champions, defeating the Australian boat by 1.28s on the day dubbed 'Super Saturday' by the media owing to the large GB medal haul. The Australians led for much of the race before a push by the British boat overhauled them in the last 400 m.

Current occupation[edit]

Williams was appointed as a fitness consultant to Andy Liddell for Ipswich Town Football Club on 3 July 2012.

Having been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours, Williams was promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[2][3]

On 22 January 2010 he announced his retirement from rowing.[4][5]

He has been welcomed back to Monkton Combe School on several occasions, rowing in a Monkton Bluefriars old boys' boat at a school regatta.


Olympic Games[edit]

World Championships[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Williams' Team GB profile
  2. ^ "New Year Honours--United Kingdom", The London Gazette of Thursday 30 December 2004 Supplement No. 1; accessed 28 August 2022.
  3. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 13.
  4. ^ "GB Olympic champion rower Steve Williams retires". BBC. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Williams confident of British prospects without him in 2012". morethanthegames. 22 January 2012. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.

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