Olympic rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He is one of only five athletes in history to have achieved this.
Due to his sporting achievements Sir Steve became the first athlete to have the honour of carrying the Union Jack flag at two Olympic opening ceremonies.
Sir Steve’s rowing accomplishments have been well recognised throughout the world. He has received numerous high profile accolades, and in 2000 was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In 2011 Sir Steve was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year event.
In the New Year’s Honours List of 1987 Sir Steve was awarded the MBE and ten years later the CBE. Following his success in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Sir Steve was awarded a Knighthood in 2001. In February 2011 Sir Steve became a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy and in July of that year Sir Steve was voted the greatest Olympian of all time in a poll by The Sunday Telegraph.
Sir Steve established The Steve Redgrave Trust in 2001 with the aim of raising £5 million to improve and enhance the quality of young people’s lives. In February 2008, the Steve Redgrave Trust became the Steve Redgrave Fund as it joined with Sport Relief and became a part of the Comic Relief family.
He was also an integral part in the successful London 2012 Olympic bid. Not only was he a key figure in convincing the government and the Mayor of London to back the bid, he also acted as a founding member of the bid and Chairman of the Bid’s Athlete Advisory Group.
Despite his many other time commitments, Sir Steve continues his close involvement with rowing albeit in a media capacity, appearing as a regular analyst of televised rowing events.