Parkinson steps down as British Rowing chief

Parkinson steps down as British Rowing chief
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Britain won only two medals in Tokyo, bringing home a silver in men’s quadruple sculls and bronze in the men’s eight competition. It was the first time Britain’s rowers failed to win a gold medal since 1980; British Rowing said Parkinson had resigned to “explore new opportunities”

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Last Updated: 25/09/21 9:05am

Andy Parkinson oversaw Team GB win two medals in Tokyo for rowing (Photo courtesy of Nick Middleton/British Rowing)

Andy Parkinson oversaw Team GB win two medals in Tokyo for rowing (Photo courtesy of Nick Middleton/British Rowing)

Andy Parkinson oversaw Team GB win two medals in Tokyo for rowing (Photo courtesy of Nick Middleton/British Rowing)

Andy Parkinson stepped down as chief executive of British Rowing on Friday, nearly two months after Britain’s disappointing performance at the Tokyo Olympics.

Britain won only two medals in Tokyo, bringing home a silver in men’s quadruple sculls and bronze in the men’s eight competition. It was the first time Britain’s rowers failed to win a gold medal since 1980.

Britain’s dominant run at the Games dried up as they finished 14th in the sport’s medal table, with New Zealand topping the Olympic rowing medal table for the first time.

British Rowing said Parkinson, who held the post for six years, had resigned to “explore new opportunities”.

Andy Parkinson resigned to "explore new opportunities", says British Rowing Andy Parkinson resigned to "explore new opportunities", says British Rowing

Andy Parkinson resigned to “explore new opportunities”, says British Rowing

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge and wanted to give a successor time to input into, and importantly own, plans for the next investment cycle and beyond,” Parkinson said in a statement.

“I also have every confidence in the team, rowers, coaches and support staff and I fully expect to be celebrating, with the whole nation, many medal winning moments in 2024.”

The next edition of the Summer Olympics will be held in Paris in 2024.