Andrew Triggs Hodge
Personal information
Born (1979-03-03) 3 March 1979 (age 45)
Halton, Buckinghamshire, England
Height192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Country Great Britain
SportMen's rowing
University teamOxford University Boat Club
ClubMolesey Boat Club
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Coxless four
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Coxless four
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Eight
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Gifu Coxless four
Gold medal – first place 2006 Eton Coxless four
Gold medal – first place 2013 Chungju Eight
Gold medal – first place 2014 Amsterdam Coxless four
Silver medal – second place 2009 Poznań Coxless pair
Silver medal – second place 2010 Karapiro Coxless pair
Silver medal – second place 2011 Bled Coxless pair
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Milan Eight
European championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Belgrade Coxless four

Andrew Triggs Hodge OBE (born 3 March 1979) is a British former rower - a three time Olympic champion and four time world champion. In the British coxless four in 2012 he set a world's best time which still stood as of 2023.


Born in Halton, Buckinghamshire, he moved to Hebden near Grassington in 1980. He went to Burnsall Primary School in Burnsall then Upper Wharfedale School, a secondary modern school in Threshfield. He then completed sixth form at South Craven School, a secondary school near Skipton.[1][2] Before studying Environmental Science at the Stoke campus of Staffordshire University where he took up the sport of rowing with the Boat Club[3] on Rudyard Lake and St Catherine's College, Oxford where he undertook an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management.

Rowing career

Boat Race

Whilst at Oxford University, Hodge was a member of Oxford University Boat Club and took part in the Boat Race in 2005. Both universities had extremely strong intakes that year, with Cambridge boasting several world champions and the Oxford crew including 2004 Olympic silver medallist Barney Williams and eventual Beijing and London coxless four crewmate Pete Reed. Oxford, stroked by Hodge, won the epic contest by 2 lengths in a time of 16 minutes 42 seconds.


Hodge won his first senior international vest in 2002. He sat in the four seat of the Great Britain Eight, which made the final of the World Rowing Championships in Seville. He occupied the same seat a year later when the Eight won the World Cup event at Lucerne, and a bronze medal at the championships in Milan.

2004 was the year that Hodge entered the British rowing scene. The buildup to the Athens 2004 Olympics for the GB Men's Rowing Squad was somewhat disrupted due to illness, injury and variable form. Hodge and his partner Alex Partridge then won the final selection trials. Partridge was promoted to Britain's top boat until sidelined by injury, Hodge remained in the eight. Illness to the Eight's stroke – Tom James – the night before their Heat in the Olympic competition was a particular blow, and whilst James returned for the repechage, the crew failed to make the final, finishing 9th overall.[4]

Having stroked Oxford to victory in the 2005 Boat Race, Hodge returned to international competition. Following the retirement of Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Ed Coode, a new coxless four was formed with Andrew, his Oxford crewmate Pete Reed, Alex Partridge and Olympic Champion Steve Williams.

Hodge went on to win gold with this crew (Tom James was promoted in place of Alex Partridge) at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, defending Great Britain's title in the event.[4] Post-Olympics Hodge and Reed decided to attempt a pair project with a view to competing at the London 2012 Olympics in that event. Due to the emergence of the New Zealand pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond (future world best time holders and Olympic champions), a gold medal in the event was unlikely and so the pair were moved back into the coxless four in 2012 to strengthen that boat's chances. The crew of Hodge, Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory went on to win the gold medal at the Olympic rowing regatta[4] and beat their Australian rivals who had pushed them hard through the season.

Hodge was world champion in the men's eight and four during 2013 and 2014 respectively. After being diagnosed with glandular fever during 2015, Hodge was forced to miss the entire racing season. He began his comeback in the autumn of 2015 and was selected to represent Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the men's eight. After an inconsistent season, the British eight won Olympic gold on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in Rio over Germany and the Netherlands.[4] He announced his retirement after the Olympics.[5][6]

Gold postbox for Andrew Triggs Hodge in Hebden


Hodge has been a member of Molesey Boat Club since 2000 when he moved to London.

Just hours after winning the 2005 World Cup event at Dorney Lake, Eton, Hodge made a guest appearance in St Catherine's College 1st VIII, who were competing in Summer Eights. He was joined in that crew by fellow international competitors Christopher Liwski and Colin Smith. The crew bumped Hertford College that day.[7]

Hodge was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours[8] and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to rowing.[9][10]



World championships

World Cups

World Rowing Under 23 championships

GB Rowing Senior Trials

Personal life

Hodge is married to Dutch physician and former international rower Eeke Thomee.[11][12] They have two children.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Blog: Where did Great Britain's Olympic medallists go to school?". 8 December 2016. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Three local heroes to be given freedom of Craven". Craven Herald & Pioneer. 8 March 2013.
  3. ^ Gigi FLorentin-Lee. "Staffordshire University Boat Club Homepage". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Andrew Triggs Hodge". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 15 December 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Oxfordshire Sports Awards: Shortlist announced for 2016 honours". Oxford Mail. 30 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Andy Triggs Hodge bows out on a high to concentrate on family". The Oxford Times. 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Anu Dudhia". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  8. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 18.
  9. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N12.
  10. ^ "New Year's Honours list 2017 – Publications – GOV.UK". Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  11. ^ Eeke Thomee at from FISA
  12. ^ "From Olympic rings to wedding rings: Britain's medal winners can't wait to tie the knot". Daily Mirror. 12 August 2012.