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‘Being the first British men’s quad to win a medal at the Olympics was unbelievable’

Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Tom Barras was inspired to take up the sport at Burway Rowing Club after watching the 2004 Olympic Games. Ed Evans from Junior Rowing News finds out more

Great Britain remains one of the most successful nations in rowing, and much of that success can be attributed to the ‘oarsome foursomes’ of decades past. Still, with British sculling coming to the fore, junior men and women alike can look forward to a successful senior career with a blade in both hands, as Tom Barras seeks to prove.

Having had a mixed junior and under-23 experience, Barras catapulted to fame alongside his crewmates in the quad with a stunning silver at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, becoming the most successful GB boat at the 2020 Olympic Games. We caught up with Tom to discuss his journey to the top, his tips for aspiring juniors, and what his plans are for the coming years…

“Watching the 2004 Games just made rowing seem like a great sport to get involved with,” Tom recalls as we sit down to discuss his career.


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