Morgan Bolding

Morgan Bolding

Rower - Men's Squad
Club: Oxford Brookes University BC
Height: 193cm
Hometown: Withiel

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Intro

Morgan, a double world champion in the men’s eight, owes his success to his family and volunteer club coaches. People who showed unwavering belief in him as a junior, even when he showed little promise of succeeding in rowing

After a difficult early childhood, Morgan was taken into care and sent to live with his grandparents in Cornwall. It was here that Castle Dore Rowing Club allowed him to channel the resilience he built as a child into the sport of rowing.

Despite being skinny and weak from his early upbringing, Castle Dore gave Morgan every opportunity to chase his ambition, which far exceeded his talent. In particular, the club’s Alastair Barr, who sadly passed away in December 2023, was an inspirational coach to Morgan as well as to many young rowers he dedicated his spare time to.

At 16, Morgan moved away from home to pursue rowing further at Walton Rowing Club, Surrey, and at 18 competed at the 2013 Junior World Rowing Championships in the men’s eight.

Morgan then joined Oxford Brookes University where he made significant strides in his ability, culminating in selection for the national team in April 2019. After a challenging first two years on the team, Morgan was selected as reserve for the Tokyo Olympics.

Falling short of his dream of earning an Olympic medal for his country, Morgan returned for the Paris Olympiad with unfinished business. In 2022 he was part of the first-ever GB Men’s eight to go undefeated in a season, returning in 2023 to retain both World and European titles.

Outside of rowing Morgan is happiest outdoors adventuring with his girlfriend Abbi and Australian Shepherd Arlo. If you catch him indoors he’ll probably be sifting through his library of cookbooks to perfect his next dish as a passionate home cook.

On The Water

GB Competitive Record
Year Event Position Boat
2024 World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M8+
2024 European Rowing Championships
Szeged, HUN
Gold M8+
2024 World Rowing Cup I
Varese, ITA
Gold M8+
2023 World Rowing Championships
Belgrade, SRB
Gold M8+
2023 World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Silver M8+
2023 World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
Gold M8+
2023 European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Gold M8+
2022 World Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
Gold M8+
2022 European Rowing Championships
Munich, GER
Gold M8+
2022 World Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M8+
2022 World Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Gold M8+
2022 World Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Gold M4-
2021 World Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Gold M8+
2021 World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta
Lucerne, SUI
4 M2-
2021 European Rowing Championships
Varese, ITA
1 (FB Final) M2-
2019 World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
6 (FB Final) M2-
2019 World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
6 M2-
2019 World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
2 (FC Final) M2-
2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Bronze BM8+
2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
5 BM8+
2013 World Rowing Junior Championships
Trakai, LTU
4 JM8+
Year:
2024
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2024
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Szeged, HUN
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2024
Event:
World Rowing Cup I
Varese, ITA
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2023
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Varese, ITA
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2023
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Bled, SLO
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Racice, CZE
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Munich, GER
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
World Cup III
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
World Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2022
Event:
World Cup I
Belgrade, SRB
Position:
Boat:
M4-
Year:
2021
Event:
World Cup II
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
Boat:
M8+
Year:
2021
Event:
World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta
Lucerne, SUI
Position:
4
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2021
Event:
European Rowing Championships
Varese, ITA
Position:
1 (FB Final)
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Championships
Linz Ottensheim, AUT
Position:
6 (FB Final)
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup III
Rotterdam, NED
Position:
6
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2019
Event:
World Rowing Cup II
Poznan, POL
Position:
2 (FC Final)
Boat:
M2-
Year:
2017
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Position:
Boat:
BM8+
Year:
2015
Event:
World Rowing Under 23 Championships
Plovdiv, BUL
Position:
5
Boat:
BM8+
Year:
2013
Event:
World Rowing Junior Championships
Trakai, LTU
Position:
4
Boat:
JM8+