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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 summited Mount Everest.

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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 43)
Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Alma materOxford Brookes University
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Updated on 31 January 2016.


Williams started rowing aged 13 while at Monkton Combe School, Bath, and attended Oxford Brookes University to study History and Town planning.

International careerEdit

Williams made his full international debut in 1998 at the age of 22. He partnered Fred Scarlett in the coxless pair, and came a creditable 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 would win seats in the Eight for the Olympics in Sydney, but Williams just missed out, and instead was part of a coxed four which won a gold medal at the World Championships in Zagreb for non-Olympic events. The following year 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 for the 2005 season, joining Alex Partridge, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge in the coxless four, again winning at the World Championships that year and in 2006, before coming a disappointing fourth at the 2007 world championships. In 2008, Partridge was replaced 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 had led for much of the race, before an epic push by the British boat overhauled them in the last 400 m.

Current occupationEdit

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

Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Williams was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[2]

On 22 January 2010 he announced his retirement from the sport.[3][4]


Olympic GamesEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Williams' Team GB profile
  2. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 13.
  3. ^ "GB Olympic champion rower Steve Williams retires". BBC. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
  4. ^ "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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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