Steve Williams MBE

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Double Olympic Gold Medalist

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After winning gold in Athens with Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell, Steve continued to race with a whole new team and claim gold again in Beijing. He’s a member of a select group of athletes to win gold in successive Olympics and World Championships.


Rower Steve Williams won his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in Beijing, following on from his success in Athens four years earlier in the men's coxless fours.

Steve was the only member of the 2004 Olympic crew (Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Ed Coode) to continue racing after the Athens games. The crew was rebuilt and through setbacks from illness and injuries on the way, their dedication and hard work paid off in Beijing. Alongisde Andy Hodge, Peter Reed and Tom James, the quartet contributed to Team GB’s largest medal haul for 100 years - since the London games of 1908.

Recounting his Olympic experiences, Steve speaks about the disappointment of his first Olympic encounter as a reserve at Sydney in 2000, through the training and dedication to qualify for the Games, the elation of winning, the challenges and the victories. He looks at how goals are broken down, teams are brought together and achievements shared.

Since his Olympic successes Steve has trekked to the North Pole, conquered Everest and won a Dancing on Ice Olympic special. He is a fitness consultant for Ipswich Town FC and works with a range of organisations on areas of winning and leading in tough times.

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