Mark Hunter MBE

Mark Hunter MBE

Olympic Rower and Thames ‘Waterman’

Synopsis

After trying his hand at football, swimming and martial arts at county level, Mark decided to concentrate his efforts on rowing. Together with Zac Purchase, he went on to secure gold at the Beijing Olympics and the World Championships. Mark looks at the determination, sacrifices and disappointments along the way, and shows how the lessons learned can help anyone achieve their goals - both on an individual level and as part of a team.

Biography

Mark Hunter is a gold medal-winning Olympic and World Champion rower. He also happens to be a licensed ‘Waterman & Lighterman’ - entitled to transport passengers or cargo anywhere on the River Thames.

After trying his hand at football, swimming and various martial arts at county level, Mark was 14 years old when he decided to direct all his time and effort into rowing. He began to make an impression in international competitions and was soon selected for the Athens Olympic squad.

Competing in the lightweight fours, Mark felt bitter disappointment when the crew failed to gain a medal place; but he remained undeterred, swapped to sculls and set his sights on Beijing. After a series of wins in domestic and world regattas, Mark and his partner Zac Purchase delivered on their promise and raced to gold in China - in record time.

In speeches Mark looks at the determination, sacrifices and disappointments he faced on the way to Olympic gold, including the change in regime when he switched from the heavyweight class. He shows how the lessons learned can help anyone achieve their goals, both on an individual level and as part of a team.

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