Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell
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My name is Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell and I am a member of the GB Rowing Team. I blog on my life as a rower with Olympic ambitions. There are 21 seats available for aspiring Olympic heavyweight male rowers – 7 strokeside, 7 bowside, 7 sculling. I’m competing for one of the 7 spaces available on strokeside.

In 2009 I graduated from UCL with a Law degree, since then I have been a full-time member of the GB Rowing Team. Former Junior and Youth Olympic Champion, 2011 World Silver medallist and 2012 Olympic reserve. Outside of rowing I follow most sports, current affairs, read books, surf the net, watch films and spend time with my friends and family - sadly nothing particularly rock & roll.

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The Start of the GB Rowing Season

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (13:56)

It's my fourth week back training, in what is a forty nine week campaign. Last season ended at the start of September with a fifth place in the GB men's four at the World Rowing Championships, a respectable but not electrifying end to the season. We were then given a...

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Preparations for the 2013 Rowing World Championships

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (07:43)

Image courtesy of Pete Reed.

A year ago the Olympics was wrapping up and I was left to make decisions; get a proper job or put my iron back in the fire for GB selection. I gave myself options; within three...

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Altitude Camp With the Men of GB Rowing

(3) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (00:00)


Alarm - 'Marimba' - 6:30am. I hit snooze, nine minutes as ten just looks unprofessional. At 6:39am I open my phone up and hit the Azumio heart rate monitor app - 39 bpm is my best up here, today it's...

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Alternative Sports Day

(1) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (19:01)

Everyone remembers getting involved on a sports day. Each year almost every school has one and every year you hear complaints that school kids have been emotionally distressed as a result. I want to show how this can be done better.

Emily, my youngest sister, is 11 and last Wednesday...

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The Truth About Henley Royal Regatta

(10) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (00:00)

Club rower, club rower, eccentric old bloke, corporate boozer, Olympic Gold medallist, lady with weird hair piece, post-exams teenager, club rower plus girlfriend, rar public school girls, family picnic, American student avec crusty facial hair, eccentric old bloke x 2. That, my friends, is looking around Henley Regatta on a...

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Grinding It Out Since 1988: Life as a GB Rower

(1) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (00:00)


You probably have two images of rowing; posh kids with all the gear and no idea, or a haggard old fisherman in a wide wooden boat. Not surprisingly, I'm neither. Born of Irish immigrant decent, I learnt to row at my Catholic...

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