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Tom Ransley

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Name: Tom Ransley
Institution(s): University of York & University of Cambridge 
Achievement: Olympic Gold Medallist, Rio 2016

Tom Ransley says he wouldn’t have got a sniff of Olympic gold were it not for British university sport.

“University was such an important stepping stone for me,” said the men’s eight gold medallist, recognised to coincide with the centenary of British University Sport. "Before that, I didn’t actually have a coach in the club system but at Cambridge I had a full-time professional coach, a physio, and we had a really good support network."

“That helped me step up my rowing a huge amount and gave me the foundation I needed to break into the national team.”

Prior to specialising at university, Ransley played basketball at county level whilst studying History of Art at York. To focus upon Rowing, Ransley blended his studies with competing at a high level for the city’s boat club, securing a seminal overall win at the prestigious Henley Regatta as a student-athlete.

It was during his time at Cambridge, taking a year’s masters in History and Management, where the path to stardom was secured. He met coach Rob Baker who revolutionised his technique and was the catalyst for his participation in the Boat Race and World Championships as a student-athlete.

Ransley hit the headlines when he gave an emotional interview moments after winning bronze at London 2012, declaring his intent to go on and get gold in the future.

That determination shone through in his every act after the home Games, winning back-to-back world titles before roaring to Olympic glory in Rio – his defining moment in the boat.

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