Steve Williams (rower)

Stephen "Steve" David Williams ( born April 15, 1976 in Leamington Spa ) is a British rower who won the 2004 and 2008 Olympic gold medal in the coxless four.

Steve Williams began in 1989 in Bath with the rowing and continued his athletic career while studying at Oxford Brookes University continues. In 1997 he took part in the U23 World Championships and finished there in fifth in the coxed four. Since 1998, Williams is part of the British national team. After two final placings at the World Championships in 1998 and 1999, Williams missed the part in the Olympics 2000. Instead, he took the coxed four part in the World Championships for the non-Olympic boat classes and won his first world title. The following year, changed out of this boat Williams, Rick Dunn and Toby Garbett in the coxless four and were here with Ed Coode world champion. 2002 and 2003 were the three with Josh West takes Ed Coode each World Cup second behind the German Boat (2002) and the Canadian Boat ( 2003). For the Olympic Games in Athens, the foursome was reshuffled. Together with Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Ed Coode, Williams won after an extremely tight race gold before the Canadians.

Following the resignation of the four Pinsent was refilled again and kicked off 2005 with Andrew Triggs Hodge, Alex Partridge, Peter Reed and Williams. These four rowers were 2005 and 2006 world champion, but occupied 2007 in Munich only fourth place. In the 2008 Olympic Season Partridge was replaced by Tom James. In this new occupation, the British won the gold medal in Beijing just before the Australians.

Steve Williams has completed his studies at Oxford Bookes with a Bachelor in History and Urban Planning and the Master in International Management.



  • 2005: MBE
  • 2006: Honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes
  • 2009: OBE