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.

Entries by Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

State School to Pick Pupils on Rowing Ability - Why Your School Should Do the Same

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2014 | (17:56)

Last Monday The Guardian reported that Mossbourne Academy in Hackney are to offer up to ten places at the oversubscribed school for pupils with potential rowing ability. There were some strong opinions, I thought my background qualified me to wade in on the situation. I'm a current World...

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The Start of the GB Rowing Season

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (14:56)

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 | (08:43)

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 | (01:00)


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 | (20:01)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (01:00)


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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