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James Crowden

Full name: James Gee Pascoe Crowden
Gender: Male
Born: November 14, 1927 in Tilney All Saints, Norfolk, Great Britain
Died: September 24, 2016
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing


The son of Lieutenant-Colonel Crowden, James Crowden was educated at Bedford School before being commissioned into his father’s old Regiment, the Royal Lincolnshire, in 1947. James then went to Pembroke College, Cambridge and later became a chartered surveyor. He was a two-time rowing Blue in 1951 and 1952 and was President of the Cambridge University Boat Club in the second of those years. He won a bronze medal in the Great Britain eight at the 1950 European Championships in Milan and captained the side to the gold medal at Macon, France, the following year. Also in 1951 he won the Silver Goblets at Henley in the double sculls with [Charles Lloyd], a fellow member of the 1951 winning Boat Race crew. Between 1953-75 Crowden coached 20 Cambridge crews and served his sport in many different capacities; as a steward at the Henley Royal Regatta from 1959, a member of the Henley management committee 1964-92, a council member of the Amateur Rowing Association 1957-77, and in 1988 he was vice-president of the British Olympic Association. He served as a Justice of the Peace, and was also the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, Vice Lord-Lietutenant of Cambridgeshire and between 1992-2002 was the Lord-Lieutenant of the County. In his spare time he enjoyed shooting.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 4

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round 7:25.2
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Repêchage Heat One 6:37.9
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Repêchage Heat One 6:42.8
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:39.2
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