Kellogg alumnus to represent Great Britain at the Olympics

13 July 2016

Caversham, Nr Reading, Berkshire. GBR M8+. Bacl Lto R, Scott DURANT, Andy TRIGGS HODGE< Will SATCH, Matt GOTREL, Paul BENNETT, fort left Tom RANSLEY, Pete REED Matt LANGRIDGE and Phelan HILL, Olympic Rowing Team Announcement Press conference at the RRM. Henley. Thursday 09.06.2016 [Mandatory Credit: Peter SPURRIER/Intersport Images]

Kellogg alumnus Paul Bennett (back row, far right) with the Men’s Eight Rowing Team. [Credit: Peter SPURRIER/Intersport Images]

Kellogg alumnus Paul Bennett (MSc Computer Science, 2013) will be rowing in the Men’s Eight for Team GB at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Oxford Blue is in his fourth season with the senior squad, having made his GB Rowing Team debut in the first international race of this Olympiad. Paul, who is the tallest rower in the GB squad at 6’8”, also won European silver and double World Cup gold during 2015.

Paul spoke to us about the journey which has led him to the Rio 2016 Games, telling us:

“I started training when I was studying for my undergraduate degree in Mathematics at King’s College London. When I arrived in Oxford I had already competed at the World University Rowing Championships in the M8, winning silver. I then joined the Oxford University Boat Club (OUBC) and trained for the Boat Race while studying for an MSc in Computer Science. I was in the winning crew for the 2013 University Boat Race. I also competed with Christ Church Boat Club in the 2013 Summer Eights, narrowly missing out on Head of the River. After leaving Oxford I joined the British squad and went to the 2013 World Rowing Championships as a squad member. Since then I have been training full time with the British squad and have competed at the past two World Championships, winning gold both times in the Men’s Eight. I am honoured to represent my country at this year’s Olympic Games and I’m looking forward to the challenge that awaits us in Rio.”

Follow Paul on Twitter @_PMBennett_