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Steve Williams (rower)
Williams on the summit of Mount Everest in May 2011
|Full name||Stephen David Williams|
|Born|| (1976-04-15) 15 April 1976
Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Oxford Brookes University|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Updated on 31 January 2016.|
Stephen David Williams OBE (born 15 April 1976 in Leamington Spa) is an English rower and double Olympic champion. In April and May 2011, Williams walked to the North Pole and summited Mount Everest.
Williams made his full international debut in 1998 at the age of 22. He partnered Fred Scarlett in the coxless pair, and came a creditable sixth in his first world championships. A year later he partnered Simon Dennis in the same event, this time finishing fifth. In 2000 both Scarlett and Dennis would win seats in the Eight for the Olympics in Sydney, but Williams just missed out, and instead was part of a coxed four which won a gold medal at the World Championships in Zagreb for non-Olympic events. The following year he was again world champion, this time in the coxless four, and won the silver medal in the same discipline in both 2002 and 2003.
Williams was the only member of the 2004 Olympic crew to continue racing for the 2005 season, joining Alex Partridge, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge in the coxless four, again winning at the World Championships that year and in 2006, before coming a disappointing fourth at the 2007 world championships. In 2008, Partridge was replaced by Cambridge Blue Tom James, and despite an injury torn season, the quartet became Olympic Champions, defeating the Australian boat by 1.28s on the day dubbed 'Super Saturday' by the media, owing to the large GB medal haul. The Australians had led for much of the race, before an epic push by the British boat overhauled them in the last 400 m.
Williams was appointed as a fitness consultant to Andy Liddell for Ipswich Town Football Club on 3 July 2012.
- 2008 – Gold, Coxless Four (with Andy Hodge, Pete Reed, Tom James)
- 2004 – Gold, Coxless Four (with Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell, Ed Coode)
- 2007 – 4th, Coxless Four (with Pete Reed, Alex Partridge and Andrew Triggs Hodge)
- 2006 – Gold, Coxless Four (with Pete Reed, Alex Partridge and Andrew Triggs Hodge)
- 2005 – Gold, Coxless Four (with Pete Reed, Alex Partridge and Andrew Triggs Hodge)
- 2003 – Silver, Coxless Four (with Josh West, Rick Dunn and Toby Garbett)
- 2002 – Silver, Coxless Four (with Josh West, Rick Dunn and Toby Garbett)
- 2001 – Gold, Coxless Four (with Ed Coode, Rick Dunn and Toby Garbett)
- 2000 – Gold, Coxed Four (with Alistair Potts, Rick Dunn, Toby Garbett and Graham Smith)
- 1999 – 5th, Coxless Pair (with Simon Dennis)
- 1998 – 6th, Coxless Pair (with Fred Scarlett)
- Leander Club (where Steve Williams is a member)
- Williams' Team GB profile
- "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 13.
- "GB Olympic champion rower Steve Williams retires". BBC. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- "Williams confident of British prospects without him in 2012". morethanthegames. 22 January 2012. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
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