Ed Coode MBE

Ed won Athens gold in the GB coxless 4 alongside; Cracknell, Pinsent and Williams. He has retired from rowing and has recently qualified as a lawyer. He knows a lot about success and failure, as his Athens gold came after much pain and heartache. But he persevered and won through. He now works for the family law firm based in the South West of the country.

Ed recognized his rowing talent after taking up with the sport at Eton and winning silver in the Junior World Championships at the age of 17. Whilst at Newcastle University and then Oxford he continued developing as a high quality and well repsected oarsman.

After competing in the 1998 Boat Race he joined Stever Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell in the Coxless Four at the 1999 World Championships. They won, with what Steve Redgrave has called his ‘best race ever’. Unfortunately, after a years intensive selection process, Ed was edged out of the Four by Tim Foster and competed in the Pair with Greg Searle at the Sydney Olympics. With only three months preparation they were still disappointed with their fourth place.

In 2001 Ed formed a new coxless 4 and went on to dominate a range of events including victory at the World Championships.

As the build up for the Athens Olympics progressed it appeared that Ed would be travelling as a reserve, but injury struck Alex Partridge. Ed was moved into the top boat alongside Pinsent, Cracknell and Williams. With just six weeks to bring the crew together, they had to put all other issues behind them and create a winning unit.

They succeeded, beating the World Champions from Canada by 0.08 of a second in what was a stunning Olympic final.

Having transferred his skills to law, he has a strong understanding of the business world, and he knows how to share what the boardroom can learn from his life as an elite athlete.

When he takes audiences through his Athens gold race with support from a video, you don’t need to be a rowing/sport fan to be captivated.

Want to hear about what it’s like to compete in an Olympic Games? Want to get a sense of what it feels like to miss out on making it to the Games? Want to know what it feels like to win gold? Ed is your man.