Olympic, World and European Champion, Tom Ransley MBE, supports the BRIT Ambassador family
We are delighted that Tom is part of our BRIT Ambassador family and championing the annual BRIT Challenge to support and improve young adult and student mental health and fitness.
Tom completed his collection of international titles at Rio 2016 when he added Olympic gold to his two World Championships and European crown.
“As a former student at the University of York, the University of Cambridge and as a motivational speaker in the education sector, I understand and appreciate the many mental health challenges faced by students and young adults. There has never been a more important time for us to support the many young adults with existing mental health challenges or those who feel isolated and vulnerable.
Ensuring that young adults and students receive support when they need it is vital and charities play a key role in the provision of mental health support. It is great to see that BRIT is inviting every university and college team taking part in the BRIT Challenge to choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities.
I hope every UK university, college, specialist college and Students’ Union enters teams in the BRIT Challenge and encourages their students and staff to take part at home or on campus. The annual BRIT Challenge has been designed to be inclusive and enables students and staff of all abilities to take part in many different ways; by hand-cycling, cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing or paddling (canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding). I hope students throughout the UK with try rowing as part of their BRIT Challenge.
I urge my fellow Olympians, Paralympians and elite athletes to join our BRIT Ambassador family and champion the BRIT Challenge at universities and colleges of their choice, encourage participation, help destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
I look forward to encouraging and supporting students and staff at the University of York and the University of Cambridge to take on the BRIT Challenge. It would be fantastic if all of Cambridge’s 31 colleges enter teams in this feelgood February fundraiser; I urge rowers at Cambridge to add the miles they compete, on ergos or the water, to their college team’s 2,022 mile targets.”
Tom Ransley MBE
Olympic, World and European Champion
Tom was educated at the University of York and University of Cambridge.
Between 2004 and 2007, Tom studied History of Art at the University of York, between 2007 and 2008, studied History at the University of Cambridge and between 2008 and 2009 studied Management Studies, Business Administration and Management at Cambridge Judge Business School.
He is a former Cambridge Blue and 2008 World University Games medallist.
In 2009, Tom won bronze as part of the men’s eight man crew in the World Cups held in Banyoles and Munich and in 2010, won silver at the World Championships.
In 2011, Tom was part of the Great Britain squad that topped the medal table at the World Rowing Championships where he won silver as part of the men’s eight man crew. That same year he won silver in the World Cup in Munich and bronze in Lucerne.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Tom won bronze as part of the Great Britain men’s eight man crew. That same year, he won silver at the World Cup in Belgrade, silver in Lucerne and bronze in Munich.
Tom won gold as part of the Great Britain eight man crew at the 2013 World Rowing Championships. The following year he competed at the 2014 World Rowing Championships where he won gold again.
In 2015, Tom won bronze as part of the men’s coxless four at the World Rowing Championships and won gold at the European Championships.
At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Tom won gold as part of the Great Britain men’s eight man crew. Following the Games Tom was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year Honours List for his services to rowing.
Tom started the 2017 season in the men’s eight – the only returning member of the victorious Rio 2016 crew. At the first World Cup in Belgrade, they missed out on gold by less than a second – an impressive performance for such a new crew. He missed the second and third World Cups following an appendectomy, but returned to finish seventh at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton.
In 2018, Tom won bronze as part of the Great Britain men’s eight man crew at the World Rowing Championships.
Tom was set to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, however after the postponement of the Games he announced his retirement from international rowing. Tom spent 10 seasons representing Great Britain.
To read more about Tom’s extraordinary career, his speaking and writing that has included content for BBC Sport, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Radio Times and Row360, please visit his website.
To find out more about the rowing, please visit the British Rowing website.