Beaumont announces retirement from international rowing after historic silver in Tokyo

The men’s quadruple sculls with Maidenhead’s Jack Beaumont (right). Credit David Pearce

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Maidenhead’s silver-medal winning Olympian, Jack Beaumont, shared some ‘exciting but scary news’ on Twitter this afternoon (Monday) as he announced his retirement from international rowing.

The 28-year-old Leander Club rower was part of the men’s quadruple sculls team that won a historic silver at the delayed Tokyo Olympics this summer. Rowing alongside Harry Leask, Angus Groom and Tom Barras the team held off a late charge from Australia to take silver just 1.72 seconds behind world champions the Netherlands. They were ranked as the fifth best crew heading into the Games but produced their best when it mattered most.

It also brought the curtain down on a career of incredible highs and lows for Beaumont. Having established himself as one of the UK’s best scullers, Jack, the son of Olympic rower Peter Beaumont, was involved in a serious training accident in Portugal in 2015 which left him with a fractured back and a torn hip flexor.

At the time there were fears he would never walk again, however, after months of rehab and recovery he was called up for the Rio Games in 2016 as a late replacement for Graeme Thomas, who was taken ill in the build-up. He finished fifth with the quad on his Olympic debut but five years later he finally realised his dream at Tokyo 2020 as GB won their first ever medal in the boat class.

Explaining his decision to step away from international rowing, Beaumont said: “I’ve some exciting but a little bit scary news.

“I’ve decided that now is the right time for me to move on from international rowing. I’ve really had a great time since 2009 when I first raced for Great Britain against France in the eight, and even then, I thought it would be so unlikely to make it to an Olympic Games.

“I now stand here so proudly with this silver medal from the Tokyo Games, which I still get goosebumps when I think about it. It embodies all the hard work, difficult ergo sessions, injuries, but also so much fun I’ve had with some amazing people.

“I’m very fortunate to have had wonderful teammates, encouraging and fantastic coaches, but also an amazing community in British rowing, my friends and family and the rowing clubs that I’ve come from. This medal belongs to every single one of you, so thank you so much for your help.

“As I move on from international rowing, I’m not leaving the sport. I love rowing very much. I’ve bought a boat that’s big enough for me to grow into in my retirement. You will still see me on the river at Maidenhead Rowing Club, Leander Club and you will see me in some Masters’ racing. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the National Lottery, British Rowing and Team GB, you’ve been wonderful. But I also want to wish my former teammates and new up and coming rowers the best of luck, I will be supporting you every stroke on your way to Paris 2024. Thank you very much.”

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