Olympian, World and European Champion, Henry Fieldman OLY, joins the BRIT Ambassador family
We are delighted that Henry has joined our BRIT Ambassador family and is championing the BRIT Challenge to support and improve young adult mental health and fitness throughout the UK. Henry has coxed for the Great Britain Rowing Team at all levels from junior through to the senior ranks. For the past eight years as a Great Britain coxswain, Henry has delivered world standard performances including winning the 2021 European Championships, bronze at the 2020 Olympic Games (in 2021) and the World Championships in both 2016 and 2015. It is the coxswain's responsibility to control the boat in training and racing. This encompasses managing the rowers as well as steering the boat. In both training and racing, Henry’s job is to improve the speed and efficiency of his crew. This is accomplished through boat feel and visual feedback. In racing, Henry’s job is to execute the race plan, keep the pattern of movement and rhythm to a high standard, as well as to motivate the crew.
“As a former student at Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Cambridge, and having trained and competed with young elite athletes since 2006, I know that there has been a significant increase in the number of young adults, students and athletes with mental health challenges in their lives. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a worrying impact on student life; especially those young adults and students who are vulnerable or live with existing mental health difficulties. To avoid long-term consequences on young adult and student mental health, it is vital that we do all we can to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, destigmatise mental health and improve mental health and fitness. The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) are delivering the annual BRIT Challenge as an inspiring and inclusive initiative for every UK university, college, specialist college and Students’ Union to enter teams and encourage student and staff participation. The BRIT Challenge enables students and staff of all abilities to take part and work as a team to cover the target distance by either hand-cycling, cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing or paddling (canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding). I am delighted to be a BRIT Ambassador and hope that my fellow Olympic, Paralympic and Great Britain rowers will continue to join our BRIT Ambassador family; by promoting the BRIT Challenge at universities or colleges of our choice, helping to destigmatise mental health and championing equality, diversity and inclusion, together we can have a positive impact on improving young adult and student mental health throughout the UK. I look forward to encouraging students and staff at Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Cambridge to take on the BRIT Challenge. It would be fantastic if all the Cambridge colleges could enter teams and challenge each other to see who can complete the most miles, encourage the most amount of students to take part and raise the most for BRIT and a second charity of their choice - there is potential for the 31 colleges to raise vital funds for 31 different charities. I very much hope the Cambridge Rowing Clubs will be integral to adding distance to their college’s team targets and hope that Cambridge will enter more teams in the BRIT Challenge than Oxford!”
Henry Fieldman OLY Olympian, World and European Champion
Henry graduated from Imperial College London in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He took a wide range of modules, and specialised in Animal Behaviour, Neuroscience, Applied Ecology and Developmental Biology in his final year. Henry also took extra classes in Philosophy. In 2012, Henry graduated from University College London with a Master of Science degree in Biology of Vision. In 2013, Henry graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master of Philosophy degree in Psychology and Education. Henry studied at Homerton College and coxed the Cambridge Blue Boat in the 2013 BNY Mellon Boat Race. Henry’s international debut was at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2006, where he guided the Men’s Coxed Four to gold. Between 2008 and 2010, Henry coxed the Men’s Eight at the World Rowing U23 Championships, finishing fifth on his first appearance before winning two bronze medals. Henry concluded the 2010 season by coxing the Great Britain 2 “Super Eight” that won the E.ON Hanse Cup in Rendesberg by 18 seconds. They were the first ever British winners of the Cup in Germany and the only crew to beat the German Eight during the 2012 Olympiad. In 2012, Henry made the step up to the Great Britain Senior Team and coxed the Men’s Eight to fifth place at the European Championships in Varese; just two seconds behind the winning crew from Poland. During the 2014 season, Henry coxed the Men’s Eight to a silver medal at the World Cup in Aiguebelette before switching to the coxed pair. Together with Alan Sinclair and Scott Durant, Henry won silver medals at both the Lucerne World Cup and the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. In 2015, Henry coxed the Men’s Eight to a thrilling victory over Germany at the World Cup in Varese. He then coxed Mat Tarrant and Callum McBrierty to a convincing victory in the Men’s Coxed Pair at the World Cup in Lucerne. Henry and Mat were then joined by Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell for the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, winning gold by an impressive six-second margin.
During the 2016 season, Henry teamed up with Ollie Cook and Callum McBrierty in the Men’s Coxed Pair for World Cup III in Poznan, Poland, where they beat Turkey to gold in a two-boat race. At the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the trio won gold, securing back to back World Championship titles for Henry. In 2017, Henry took control of the Men’s Eight throughout the 2017 season, culminating in a seventh-place finish at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton. The Men's Eight then took bronze at the 2018 and 2019 World Rowing Championships.
After a hiatus to International Competition in 2020, 2021 saw Henry win gold at the European Championships, World Cup, and then a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. As a qualified Level 2 Rowing Coach, Henry founded Coxing Consultancy in 2014, to teach and develop coxes to reach their potential. His clients include the University of Cambridge and Westminster School. Every year since Coxing Consultancy was founded, one student has been selected for the Junior GB World Championship team. For more information on Coxing Consultancy, please visit their website. Henry is a Motivational Speaker with The Athlete Mindset and an Ambassador with Next Step Ready. You can follow Henry on Instagram