Charlie Elwes
Personal information
Full nameCharles Richard Jeremy Elwes
Born (1997-07-15) 15 July 1997 (age 26)[1]
Randburg, South Africa
Height1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
CountryGreat Britain
ClubLeander Club
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Tokyo Eight
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2022 Račice Eight
Gold medal – first place 2023 Belgrade Eight
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2021 Varese Eight
Gold medal – first place 2022 Oberschleißheim Eight
Gold medal – first place 2023 Bled Eight
Gold medal – first place 2024 Szeged Eight

Charles Richard Jeremy Elwes (born 15 July 1997) is a British national representative rower. He is an Olympic medallist and two-time world champion.[2]

School, varsity & club rowing

Elwes was educated at Radley College where he took up rowing. He then attended Yale University where he rowed in the Yale senior 1st eight in 2015/16 and 2016/17 inter-collegiate racing seasons.[3] His senior club rowing in England has been from the Leander Club.

After Yale, Elwes went up to Oxford to study medical ethics. He rowed at six in the Oxford crew which won The Boat Race 2022. Also in 2022, he won the Grand Challenge Cup (the blue riband event at the Henley Royal Regatta), rowing for Leander.[4]

International representative career

Elwes first achieved national selection for Great Britain while still a schoolboy when selected in a junior coxed four to race at the 2013 Junior World Rowing Championships.[5] In 2014 he was again selected in the GB junior men's 4+ and racing in that crew with his Yale and future world champion crewmate Thomas Digby, Elwes won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships. Elwes & Digby stayed in that crew for the 2015 Junior World Championships and won another silver as a coxless four.[5]

In 2017 Elwes moved into the Great Britain U23 representative squad. In the GB U23 coxless four he achieved podium finishes at three successive U23 World Rowing Championships - silver in 2017; silver in 2018 and gold (and an U23 world championship title) in 2019.[5]

2021 saw Elwes selected in the five seat of the Great Britain senior men's eight. They won a European championship gold medal in Varese, Italy[6][7] and won at the World Rowing Cup II. At the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Elwes won Olympic bronze in the British men's eight.[8]

2022 saw Elwes retain the five seat in the Great Britain men's eight. In that international season the crew won gold at two World Rowing Cups and at the European Rowing Championships.[9] Elwes in the that boat went on to win gold and a world championship title at the 2022 World Rowing Championships in Račice. The following year in 2023, he won a second successive world championship gold medal in the men's eight at the 2023 World Rowing Championships in Belgrade.[10]


  1. ^ "No water, no problem as British rowers reset their sights on postponed Olympics". Eurosport. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Profile". British Rowing. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  3. ^ Elwes at Yale
  4. ^ "Success for Brookes Rowing at Henley Regatta". Oxford Brookes University. Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Charles Elwes at World Rowing
  6. ^ "Men's Double Sculls Final A (Final)". World Rowing. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Men's Eight Final FA (Final)". World Rowing. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  8. ^ "British Olympic Association selects Olympic rowing team for Tokyo 2020". British Rowing. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  9. ^ "British rowing bounces back with four golds in European Championships". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  10. ^ "Catch-up: World Rowing Championships Finals: GB wins Gold in Men's Eight". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 September 2023.