Joshua O’Brien

Rower // Para-Rowing Squad
Club: Molesey BC

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Josh is not the kind of person who sits still

At 17 he bungee jumped while on holiday in New Zealand and his antics at school saw him featured on Sportbible as he was filmed jumping over 9 chairs.

Growing up he was a keen footballer and was goalkeeper for his local team. During a cup game when he was 18, he took a knee to his face. He broke his eye-socket, cheekbone and nose which resulted in roughly 20 hours of facial reconstruction surgery. He now has a 3D printed eye socket and multiple titanium plates in the right hand side of his face.

Josh learnt to row during his second year of studying at the University of Birmingham. He wanted to try a new sport after the football injury and rowing provided a great alternative and quickly became an obsession.

He is very self-motivated and wants to be the best that he can possibly be. Josh hopes that selection for the Paralympic Games will be validation that he is good at rowing and would mean a lot to his family. When he hangs up his oars he wants to travel and put his economics degree to use in one way or another!

On The Water

GB Competitive Record

Year Event Result Boat
2024 European Rowing Championships
Szeged, HUN
PR3 Mix4+
European Rowing Championships
Szeged, HUN
PR3 Mix4+