Rowing: Sir Steve Redgrave

Sir Steve has shared memories of his early sporting years and ambitions:

"My first sporting hero was Mark Spitz winning seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics; I must have been 10 at the time. It was something that made a strong impression on me. We used to have a very long drive in those days and during the summer holidays it was my job to go down to the bottom of the drive to collect the milk and the paper. I can remember more of the headlines in the paper than actually seeing it live on TV. I remember one headline in particular which was 'Spitz for six' even though he went on to win a seventh gold medal. That was the headline I always remembered.......... Rowing is a sport that dips in and out of the Commonwealth Games; fortunately for me it dipped out after 1986 and therefore leaves me as reigning Commonwealth Champion in three different events. It was quite a marked turning point in my career in a number of ways. I always wanted to be a single sculler but every time I tried that boat internationally I didn't really get very good results. I had got into the four for Los Angeles in 1984 with only about two months to go to the Games and after winning the Gold medal I thought that would be a good spring-board....."


Steve was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List in 1987 and the CBE in the New Year's Honours List of 1997 and following his success in Sydney was awarded a Knighthood in the 2001 New Years Honours List. The University of Durham also awarded him an Honorary Degree in December 1996.