Alan Campbell, born in 1983, from Coleraine, Northern Ireland is the GB Rowing Team’s single sculler. He won Olympic Bronze at London 2012 having finished 5th at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Next step is Rio in 2016.
Single sculling is regarded as rowing hardest event both physically and mentally. Put simply, it is a sport for tough characters. Alan started rowing at Coleraine Academical Institution School, for Boys, in his hometown in Northern Ireland and was then ‘found’ by Tideway Scullers School in London (where he is currently based) and encouraged to aim high through their development programme.
In 2003, Alan realising his potential opportunity as an oarsman left his degree and a career in the Army at Sandhurst and won the prestigious Diamond Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta. He then made his international debut at the World U23 Championships in 2003, where he was forced to switch from the double to the single sculls five days before the regatta when his sculling partner became ill. Despite this he finished 8th.
Alan continues to be encouraged and supported by his mentor, Bill Barry, an Olympic rowing silver medallist in 1964 in the men’s four.