Homegrown Olympic silver medallist inspires new rowing club members

Homegrown Olympic silver medallist inspires new rowing club members

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Annabel Howard

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Homegrown Olympic silver medallist inspires new rowing club members

Homegrown Olympian Rob Williams won a silver medal in the men's lightweight four last week in Eton Dorney.

Taplow-born Williams, 27, started to row with Maidenhead Rowing Club aged 16 and continued the sport at university.

Along with Team GB members Peter Chambers, Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley he came close to winning gold on Thursday.

Unfortunately Team GB lost out on first place in the Olympic event to Denmark, who won the race by less than a second.

Maidenhead Rowing Club captain, Eric Sims, knows Williams because the athlete regularly visits the club to speak to members.

He said: "His achievement is a great motivation for the whole club and we are seeing a number of members doing the same and they are all an inspiration.

"He is a great guy, very unassuming, good and honest. He worked hard and got the results he deserved. I think Maidenhead has obviously got him in the right position."

He added: "We sent our best wishes during his training and the competition and he has been made a lifelong member of the club.

"He often comes down to visit us for a chat with the junior rowing team and supports all the rowing at the club."

Williams' positive influence in the world of rowing has extended outside of the club and has inspired people of all ages in the local community to take up the sport.

He continued: "We have had quite a lot of people from the local area who now want to join the club because of his success. As a result of this rush, we will now have to make more Learn-To-Row courses to accommodate all of the new beginners."

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