Time is right to retire and work on my coaching, says Chambers
Northern Ireland's London 2012 Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Peter Chambers has announced he is retiring from international rowing.
After a decade of representing Great Britain with distinction, the Coleraine man has decided to step away and plans to focus on coaching in the future.
The 29-year-old's retirement has an end of an era feel to it as all three of Northern Ireland's rowing medallists from the London Olympics are now no longer competing at the highest level.
Single sculls bronze medallist Alan Campbell and Peter's older brother Richard, who won silver alongside his sibling in the men's lightweight four, put away their oars some years ago.
The Bann Rowing club trio excelled in their chosen sport, doing their families and country proud. The younger Chambers retires with a host of magical memories.
Centimetres away from winning gold in London, he became a respected member of the GB rowing squad after making his international debut in 2009 at the U23 World Championships. Such was his progress, he was in the senior squad a year later.
Chambers was victorious alongside Kieran Emery in 2011 in the lightweight men's coxless pair at the World Championships. He also won bronze medals at the event in the 2013 lightweight men's double and 2014 lightweight men's four plus silver in the 2017 lightweight men's quad.
Explaining his decision to retire, Chambers, who also raced in the 2016 Rio Olympics, said: "It's never easy to step away but I've achieved everything I could as an athlete and this felt like the right time.
"I started coaching last year and realised I now prefer being on the other side of the sport. I'm really looking forward to taking on a coaching role in the future and giving back to the sport I love.
"A special thanks to my family and everyone at Bann, Oxford Brookes and within the GB team who have been part of my rowing career."
Reflecting on London 2012 where he and his brother teamed up with Rob Williams and Chris Bartley, Chambers said: "I loved my two Olympic Games but London 2012 was pretty incredible. What made it even more special were the people alongside me in the boat."