William Satch
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William Satch (middle) at the 2016 European Rowing Championships
Personal information
Birth nameWilliam Spencer Satch
Born (1989-06-09) 9 June 1989 (age 33)
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Height196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Rowing the final (left boat) of the men's coxless pair at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Rowing the final (left boat) of the men's coxless pair at the 2012 Summer Olympics

William Spencer Satch MBE[1] (born 9 June 1989) is a British rower and Olympic gold medallist.[2]

Rowing career

Satch was educated at Shiplake College near Henley-on-Thames in southeast Oxfordshire.[3] His rowing coach was New Zealand gold medallist Shane O'Brien, who was deputy headmaster at Shiplake College.[4] Satch rows for Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames, and was appointed a vice-captain of the club in 2018.

Satch won the bronze medal, rowing with George Nash in the coxless pair at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[5]

In September 2013 Satch stroked the GB men's eight to the gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Korea and repeated the gold at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam in 2014. He was part of the British team (at stroke) that topped the medal table at the 2015 World Rowing Championships at Lac d'Aiguebelette in France, where he won a gold medal as part of the eight that gained a hat-trick of wins over the German Olympic champions. The crew was Matt Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Moe Sbihi, Alex Gregory, George Nash and Phelan Hill.[6]

In May 2016, he was part of the GB men's eight which won bronze at the European Championships.[7] Later in 2016, he stroked the British men's eight to a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.[8] He won a bronze medal at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida, as part of the coxless four[9] and then won a bronze medal at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, as part of the eight with James Rudkin, Alan Sinclair, Tom Ransley, Thomas George, Moe Sbihi, Oliver Wynne-Griffith, Matthew Tarrant and Henry Fieldman.[10]


Satch was awarded the MBE in the Queen's 2017 New Year Honours list for services to rowing.[11]


  1. ^ GRO reference: June 1989, Vol. 20, Page 3717
  2. ^ "Will Satch". British Rowing. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  3. ^ "About Will Satch". Will Satch. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Shiplake College marks rowing milestone in style". Henley Standard. 28 October 2012. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ "William Satch". London2012.com. LOCOG. Archived from the original on 27 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  6. ^ "2015 World Rowing Championships results". World Rowing.
  7. ^ "2016 EUROPEAN ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS - Brandenburg, GER - (M8+) Men's Eight - Final". www.worldrowing.com. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ "William SATCH - worldrowing.com". www.worldrowing.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ "2017 World Championship" (PDF). 2017 World Rowing Championships. World Rowing. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2020. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  10. ^ "2018 World Championship results" (PDF). World Rowing.
  11. ^ "Team GB stars dominate New Year's Honours List". Team GB. 30 December 2016.