Chris Baillieu
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Latham Baillieu
Born (1949-12-12) 12 December 1949 (age 72)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Height6 ft 3 in (190 cm)
Weight187 lb (85 kg)
Spouse(s)Jane Elizabeth Bowie

Christopher Latham Baillieu MBE (born 12 December 1949) is an English former rower who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics and in the 1980 Summer Olympics representing Great Britain. He was the first chairman of British Swimming, from 2001 to 2008.[1]

Early life

Baillieu was born in Marylebone,[2] the son of Edward Latham Baillieu and his wife Betty Anne Jardine Taylor. He was the grandson of Clive Baillieu, 1st Baron Baillieu.[3] He was educated at Radley College and at Jesus College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1976.


Baillieu rowed in the winning Cambridge boat in the Boat Races in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. He then concentrated on sculling, and won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta with Mike Hart in 1973 and 1975.[4] In between he won the double sculls title with Mike Hart, at the 1974 National Championships[5] and participated in the 1974 World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, competing in the double sculls event with Hart again, which resulted in winning a bronze medal.[6] He was part of the double scull that won a bronze medal at the 1975 World Rowing Championships in Nottingham.[7]

In Montreal they won a silver medal for double sculls rowing at the 1976 Summer Olympics. The same pair won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup again in 1977 and a gold medal at the World Championships.[8] Hart and Baillieu won the Double Sculls Challenge Cup again in 1978 but in 1979 he won with a new partner Jim Clark. In 1980, Baillieu and Clark finished fourth in the Double Sculls, rowing at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Baillieu then concentrated on single sculls and won the Wingfield Sculls four years running from 1981 to 1984,[9] and the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta in 1981, 1982, and 1984. He also won the single sculls rowing for the Leander Club, at the 1981 National Championships.[10]


In 1984, Baillieu married Jane Elizabeth Bowie with whom he has had two sons and one daughter Charles, Olivia, and Edward.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Baillieu named as swimming chief". BBC Sport. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Chris Baillieu". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  3. ^ the
  4. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1946–2003 Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Railton, Jim. "Marriage of two quads promises something special for Lucerne." Times, 22 July 1974, p. 8". Times Digital Archives.
  6. ^ "Railton, Jim. "British eight sprint to silver medal." Times, 9 Sept. 1974, p. 7". Times Digital Archives.
  7. ^ Railton, Jim (1 September 1975). "Rowing". The Times. p. 7 – via Times Digital Archives.
  8. ^ Railton, Jim (29 August 1977). "Rowing". The Times. p. 11 – via Times Digital Archives.
  9. ^ Wingfield Sculls Record of Races
  10. ^ "Railton, Jim. "Rowing." Times, 20 July 1981, p. 14". Times Digital Archives.
  11. ^ "Who's Who 2009: New Names" (PDF). The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 June 2009.