Steve is a retired Detective Inspector and lives with his wife Jules in Warwickshire, a county furthest from the sea in all directions – a fact which most certainly isn’t lost on him! He has two sons and a step daughter who are all driven and enthusiastically indulge their own life passions, which is the source of immense pride for Steve.
Steve came to rowing when his knees refused to indulge his passion for fell-running any longer and he turned to Indoor Rowing. After a few years of racing at National and World Championships, retirement afforded him the opportunity to take to the water and learn the art of controlling fine rowing boats.
Steve is now a very active member of Warwick Boat Club and can be found most mornings on the river Avon, beneath the walls of Warwick Castle, in his single scull ‘Agatha’. He races regularly and will be squeezing in a few final Head Races before departure to La Gomera.
In 2015 Steve was first exposed to the Atlantic Rowing Race when he supported two rowing friends in their endeavour. He organised a continuous relay by club members on rowing machines whilst those two completed their Atlantic Crossing. 76 days later the relay and the crossing were complete…. Steve recalls a satellite phone conversation with that crew and specifically their words as they neared Antigua – ‘Mate – You’ll row an ocean one day!”
Two years later an opportunity arose to take part in a challenge to row an Ocean Rowing Boat around the British Coastline. Steve jumped at the chance to be a part of this challenge and rowed from the Isle of Wight to the top of Scotland over 4 weeks and then a further week on the East coast….. He was hooked and looked for opportunities to join a crew to tackle the might of an Ocean.
Early in 2018 Steve met Claire and Phil, whilst completing mandatory Ocean Rowing training and a friendship was struck. Later that year Steve and Allan also came together to consider the possibility of working together as a pair in the 2019 race….
With the opportunity being afforded to both to join Team Tyne Innovation the rest, as they say, will be history