UCLA Women's Rowing Names Mark Hunter Assistant Coach

July 23, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Mark Hunter has been named an assistant women's rowing coach at UCLA, according to an announcement made by head coach Amy Fuller Kearney. Hunter, who will represent his native Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games, will begin coaching at UCLA upon returning from the games in Beijing.

Hunter has been selected to represent Great Britain in the lightweight men's double scull at the 2008 Olympic Games, and has been ranked in the top-10 British contenders for the gold medal.

'I am very excited to have Mark joining the team next season,' Fuller Kearney said. 'His impressive athletic resume is a result of not only hard work but also his enthusiasm and passion for rowing. It has been my pleasure getting to know Mark in this process, and I know the team will respond well to his evaluation and feedback. I am truly thrilled to add another knowledgeable and motivated person to the UCLA rowing staff.'

After a long career as a leading lightweight rower, Hunter found real success in 2007. That year, he raced the season in the lightweight double and medaled at each World Cup with two silver medals and one bronze. He capped a great season with the bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Munich. In the 2008 World Cup series, the double has gone from strength to strength, remaining unbeaten by winning three gold medals - in doing so, the double has become the first British lightweight double to ever win the World Cup.

Hunter, who began rowing at age 14, won the junior 16 single at the 1994 National Championships and gained a place in the Great Britain-France U16 Team. The following year, he captured his first of two consecutive Fawley Cup wins at the Henley Royal Regatta, in addition to racing for Great Britain in the quadruple scull at the 1995 and 1996 World Junior Championships.

From 1997-2000, Hunter raced at the World Rowing U23 Championships in the open weight quad and double. Hunter began racing as a lightweight in 2001, quickly establishing himself as one of the leading lightweights in British rowing. Hunter stroked the lightweight eight in 2001 at the World Championships in Lucerne, where he finished fifth.

In 2002, Hunter qualified as a Waterman & Lighterman on the River Thames after having trained as an apprentice for six years. Since then, he has become a Freeman of the Thames, allowing him to transport passengers or cargo anywhere on the Thames as a captain/skipper. In the spring of 2000, as an apprentice, Hunter competed in the Millennium Coat and Badge double sculls race. With his finals partner, Hunter won the event and they were presented with special uniforms in February 2001 at a traditional ceremony dinner held at Fishmongers Hall in London.

After completing his training as a Waterman, Hunter turned his attention to training full time for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, competing from 2002-2004 in the lightweight four. Hunter had trained at Leander Club for numerous years and was elected captain at the start of 2005 (Leander being the most prestigious and successful rowing club in the world).

After competing at the 2004 Olympics, Hunter turned his attention to sculling and won his third Henley Royal Regatta title in 2005.

Not just satisfied with performing on the water, Hunter has taken training on the ergometer as an important part of developing strength, power and endurance and has enjoyed success winning at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in 2005 and 2007.

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