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Classy Northern Ireland Olympic hero Richard Chambers retires to move into coaching

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By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland Olympic hero Richard Chambers has retired from rowing to become a coach with Cambridge University Boat Club.

The 31-year-old from Coleraine, who won a silver medal at the London 2012 Games alongside younger brother Peter, has called time on his excellent career with a sense of pride that he achieved more than he thought was possible.

Chambers goes out with his head held high having won World titles in 2007 and 2010 as part of the lightweight men’s four. In that discipline he was also part of the Team GB squad which only just lost out on an Olympic gold medal to South Africa four years ago.

He first showed his class a decade ago by winning World U23 gold in the lightweight men’s pair, going on to earn numerous podium places in global events and compete in the Olympics on three occasions in Beijing (2008), London and finally Rio earlier this year.

Chambers said: “I have had a career in rowing which has been much greater than I could have ever dreamed. I never believed that I would make one Olympic Games, never mind three.

“I have always been proud to represent my country as a lightweight at rowing and I have enjoyed my career through all the ups and downs.

“I have had the privilege to row with some of the greatest athletes in rowing and I have watched rowers achieve what they never thought could be possible.”

Chambers paid tribute to his coaches and the medical team who helped him overcome injuries. He added: “Without them I would not have competed in any of the last three Olympics.”

At Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC), Chambers will take up the role of Assistant Coach. He will have a key supporting role in preparing the CUBC squad for the annual University Boat Race with Oxford, as well as National Trials and summer regattas.

“I am looking forward to my new role at CUBC and the challenges it will present. Through my role I hope to develop and feed the GB Rowing Team with the next generation of Olympic athletes,” he said.

Sir David Tanner, British Rowing’s Performance Director, said: “Richard has had a hugely successful career. We wish him well in an exciting new challenge.”Brothers in arms: Richard Chambers (r) with brother Peter after World bronzeBrothers in arms: Richard Chambers (r) with brother Peter after World bronze

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