Ed Coode, Oarsman

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Ed Coode, one of Britain's finest rowers, first picked up an oar at Eton because he was useless at ball games. He rowed for his school and scraped into the junior British team in his final year, but had little idea that he would be chosen for the coxless fours in Britain's Olympic rowing squad just half a decade later. Coode, son of a solicitor and born in Cornwall in 1975, packed in rowing after leaving school. He worked in marine biology in Jamaica for six months before going on to study the subject at Newcastle University. He only returned to the sport because the university rowing club had an attractive social calendar. Selection for the British Under–23 team and a bronze medal in the 1997 World Championships in France, led to his decision to take a postgraduate economics course at Oxford, where he won his blue rowing for the losing team in The Boat Race the following year.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters People's Portraits collection at Girton College, University of Cambridge



Ed Coode, Oarsman




tempera on canvas


H 200 x W 120 cm

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on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

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