Phelan Hill (87-97) started coxing at Bedford School at the age of 16 years to help out some friends but claims he enjoyed giving orders to the bigger boys so much he continued in the sport – with notable success! 

Since finishing his school career, steering the 1st VIII to a gold medal at the National Schools’ Championships, the OB has enjoyed success with the Great Britain Men’s Eights.  Phelan has 11 World Cup medals to his name: 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze, five World Championship medals: Silver in 2010 and 2011 and Gold in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and Bronze at the London 2012 Olympics.  This year as he hopes to row to another Olympic medal at Rio 2016. 

Speaking before setting out for the Olympic games, Phelan commented, “For me London was such a great experience but it was my first experience of the Olympics, and I felt I’d grown really well through that cycle and I never felt that I reached my potential.”  “Now I feel I’m at my peak. I’m getting towards as good as I can possibly be and so getting to the Olympics is my opportunity to really test myself and see how good I am.”

Useful links

Rio 2016 Olympics: Rowing Guide
What does a COX do?
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