How can I get a message of support to rowers?
There is no means to contact the GB squad direct – but do see Media please see here.

What is the difference between rowing and sculling?
In rowing, each rower uses one oar with both hands. In sculling, each sculler uses two oars, one in each hand. Rowing is also known as sweep rowing and the oars as ‘sweep oars’. The oars used in sculling are also known as ‘sculls’. Please see our Rowing Guide (or a dictionary) for more.

What are the “repechages”?
The repechages are races to select additional crews for the next round from those that did not qualify direct from heats.
Where is a UK base for children’s rowing?
Go Row is the new website from the Amateur Rowing Association, where anyone can find out where to go how to get involved in rowing.

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How many boat classes are there?
At the Olympic Games there are fourteen different boat classes. These are:
Single Scull (M1x)
Double Scull (M2x)
Lightweight Double Scull (LM2x)
Quadruple Scull (M4x)
Coxless Pair (M2-)
Coxless Four (M4-)
Lightweight Coxless Four (LM4-)
Eight (M8+)
Single Scull (W1x)
Double Scull (W2x)
Lightweight Double Scull (LW2x)
Quadruple Scull (W4x)
Coxless Pair (W2-)
Eight (W8+)

Who funds this site?
We are sponsored by numerous organisations with our lead sponsor being Swift Contract Phones, they sponsor numerous rowing events in the UK and their director was part of the 1992 GB Team.

Has anyone ever won two rowing gold medals in one day?
Yes, Mathew Pinsent and James Cracknell won 2001 World Championships gold medals in two events that started just two hours apart: the coxless pair and the coxed pair (cox Neil Ghugani).

Steve Redgrave won a fifth consecutive Olympic Gold medal in Sydney. Has anyone ever done this before?
Yes, two Hungarian fencers. Steve Redgrave is the only Briton in the 100 year history of the Olympic Games to win gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games. This phenomenal feat has been achieved by just two other sportsmen in the history of the Games. Their tally of consecutive gold medals is:
Aladar Gerevich (Hungary) in fencing – 6
Pal Kovacs (Hungary) in fencing – 5
Redgrave fifth successive gold medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney was a feat unparalleled in endurance sport. Only Geredich, with six consecutive gold medals as part of the Hungarian Sabre Team, has exceeded it.
Is Sir Steve Redgrave the oldest rowing Olympic gold medallist?
No. The oldest man to win a rowing gold medal was another Briton, Guy Nickalls, who was aged 41 years and 262 days when he won a gold medal as a member of the British men’s eight in 1908.

Who else are Great Britain’s reigning Olympic champions?
Aside from our successes at the 2001 Olympics in rowing and other sports, Britain has held the Olympic cricket title for 100 years following victory over France in the one and only Olympic cricket competition, held in Paris in 1900. The Olympic tug-of-war title is also held by Britain. At the Antwerp Games of 1920, Britain outpulled Sweden to take gold. The event has not been contested at an Olympic Games since. Tom Thornycroft won the Olympic motor boating gold medal in London during the 1908 Games. His boat, Gyrinus 11, was the only one to complete the course in the rough conditions, primarily because Thornycroft had recruited two crew members – Captain John Field-Richards and Bernard Redwood – to assist with bailing out. All three were awarded gold medals. The event has never again been part of the Olympic programme.

How many British women have won an Olympic rowing medal?
To date, four. Women’s rowing only became part of the Olympic programme in 1976. The women’s quadruple scull of Guin Batten, Katherine Grainger, Gillian Lindsay and Miriam Batten made history in 2001 by winning the first ever British women’s Olympic rowing medal – a silver in the quadruple scull.

Who were the oldest and youngest rowers in the British team for Sydney?
The senior man in the team at 38 was Steve Redgrave (coxless four) and the senior woman was Miriam Batten, aged 35 (quadruple scull). The youngest man was 21 year old Matthew Wells (single scull) and the youngest woman (and youngest team member) was 19 year old Frances Houghton in the double scull.

How many British rowers went to Sydney?
The rowing squad in Team GB for Sydney comprised 36 athletes – 18 men and 18 women – and four reserves. With a support team of twelve, the rowing squad totaled 52, making it amongst the largest represented sports in Team GB.

How many British rowers in Sydney competed in a previous Olympic Games?
The British rowing team for Sydney contained a number of seasoned Olympians, including three Olympic champions in Steve Redgrave (four golds and a bronze), Matthew Pinsent (two golds) and Greg Searle (one gold and a bronze). Redgrave competed in his fifth successive Olympics. Sydney will be the third Games for six athletes: Miriam Batten, Dot Blackie, Tim Foster, Ben Hunt-Davis, Pinsent and Searle. See Team Biographies for more details.

What is the Olympic oath?
“In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.”
Written by Baron de Coubertin, the oath is taken by an athlete from the host nation while holding a corner of the Olympic flag. The athletes’ oath was first taken by Belgian fencer Victor Boin at the 1920 Antwerp Games. A judge from the host country also speaks the oath, with slightly different wording.

How many rowing Olympic medals has GB won?
A total of 37, made up of 21 gold, 13 silver and 6 bronze.