Stephen Turner (far right)

Ex-Olympian Stephen Turner has become Team GB’s external selector for the women’s rowing team.

Turner, 56, was a member of GB’s rowing team for both the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He came fourth and sixth respectively.

A GB team competing in the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992 (image: Peter Spurrier/Intersport)

He reminisced on his time as an Olympian: “You got to see, meet and be around the best athletes across all the Olympic sports.”

He explained the impact it had on his later life such as “things like how to deal with pressure and nerves, the element of focus, controlling what you can control and not to worry about other things and what true teamwork can really achieve.”.

“I also get to see the top athletes in the country performing which is super exciting especially in the sport I’m most passionate about.”
Stephen Turner, external selector for Team GB’s women’s rowing team

Turner accepted a position as GB’s external selector for the women’s rowing team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

He will be working alongside the director of performance and the head coach to ensure that “there is a fair and transparent process by supporting and challenging.”

He explained how excited he was for the opportunity: “I also get to see the top athletes in the country performing which is super exciting, especially in the sport I’m most passionate about.”

VIDEO: Stephen Turner in the men’s coxed eights final in the 1988 Seoul Olympics