Gold medal-winning Olympic rower and motivational speaker Greg Searle MBE started his rowing career back in 1985, inspired by his brother and fellow oarsman Jonny.
After winning two Junior World Championship gold medals in 1989 and 1990 in the coxless four, Greg went on to win another gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, this time with his brother as a coxed pair. This win is remembered fondly by many sports fans as one of the most enthralling and thrilling rowing events in Olympic history and it was essentially this incredible performance that earned Greg his MBE.
The following year, the pair won another gold medal, this time at the World Rowing Championships but further Olympic golds proved to be elusive. At Atlanta in 1996, Greg won a bronze medal in the coxless four and at the London Games in 2012 – 20 years after his first Olympic appearance – he won another bronze in the men’s eight. The motivational speaker was 40 years old at the time.
All the other medals won by Greg came in the World Rowing Championships – in 1991 in Vienna he won a bronze and another in 1994 in Indianapolis. The following year, Greg got a silver medal in the coxless four in Lake Kaukajärvi at Tampere, Finland, then in 1997 – switching to the single scull event for Aiguebelette in France – he won another bronze. Going back to the men’s eight, Greg won silvers in 2010 at Lake Karapiro near Cambridge and in 2011 at Lake Bled, Slovenia.
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