Alan Campbell (rower)

Alan W Campbell (born 9 May 1983) is a British sculler.[1]

Alan Campbell
Alan Campbell, 2010.jpg
Campbell in 2010
Personal information
Born (1983-05-09) 9 May 1983 (age 38)
Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
Country Great Britain
Event(s)Men's quadruple sculls; men's single sculls
ClubTideway Scullers School
Achievements and titles
World finals2005, M4x, 7th; 2006, M1x, 6th; 2007, M1x, 4th
Olympic finals2012, m1x, 3rd, 2004, m4x, 12th; 2008, m1x, 5th
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Single sculls
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2009 Poznan Single sculls
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Karapiro Single sculls
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Bled Single sculls


Alan Campbell was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and started rowing for his school, Coleraine Academical Institution for Boys. ON leaving, he joined Bann Rowing Club Coleraine. Years later he then left for London and joined Tideway Scullers School.

In 2003, Campbell left his degree and won the Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. He then made his international debut at the World U23 Championships in 2003, where he was forced to switch from the double to the single sculls five days before the regatta when his sculling partner became ill. Despite this he finished 8th.

He competed in the quadruple sculls at the 2004 Summer Olympics, finishing in 12th place.[2] In 2005, Campbell won the men's single at the GB Selection Trials, and raced in the men's quad for the World Cup series, winning the bronze at Lucerne regatta. At the 2005 World Championships in Gifu, Japan, the men's quad narrowly failed to reach the final.[3]

In 2006, Campbell switched to competing in the men's heavyweight single, and won the Munich world cup regatta ahead of Olaf Tufte. He also finished second in Lucerne, behind Mahé Drysdale, and fourth in Poznań, to win the overall world cup standings.

Campbell competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where he participated in the Men's Single Scull; he led up to 1000m, where he was overtaken by Olaf Tufte and finished fifth. Prior to the games, he had picked up a virus that required knee surgery, which left him on crutches for three weeks in June 2008.[4] He competed at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, where he won a bronze medal in the singles scull.[5]

In the 2012 London Olympics, Campbell won the bronze medal in the men's single sculls after moving into the medals with 500m to go against the Swedish national entry, Lassi Karonen.[6] Alan Campbell, the Olympic single scull bronze medallist in 2012, dominated 5 km GB Rowing Team Assessment in Boston, Lincs to win the open men's single scull event in a time of 17:03.23.


Henley Royal Regatta
Wingfield Sculls
  • 2006
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2012
Scullers Head of the River
  • 2004 – 3rd
  • 2008 – 1st
  • 2012 – 1st

Alan Campbell also works as a speaker.


  1. ^ "Alan Campbell". British Rowing. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Alan Campbell". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016.
  3. ^ British Olympic Association profile. Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Campbell battles back for Beijing". BBC News. 24 July 2008.
  5. ^ "2011 World Rowing Championships". World Rowing Federation. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  6. ^ Quarrell, Rachell (3 August 2012). "Alan Campbell wins bronze medal for Great Britain in the rowing men's single sculls". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Alan Campbell gets Olympic Gold back on track by winning national trials

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