Steve Trapmore started rowing at 15 at the Walton Rowing Club. By the age of 17 he was in the Great Britain Junior Team, in the Junior World Championships in 1993. As a senior athlete he trained with the Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association, winning his first senior medal at the World Championships in 1997. In 2000, he was part of the Great Britain eight that won Gold at the Sydney Olympics, stroking the crew. He has also won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the World Championships as well as wins at Henley Royal Regatta.
He was awarded an MBE in 2001 by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to rowing.
Steve read Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Nottingham Trent University and was recently awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Sport in recognition of his contribution to the rowing community.
Following his retirement as an athlete in 2002 he launched a IT business specialising in application development and order management systems for the retail sector.
He was enticed back to rowing in 2007 when he began coaching Imperial College, and was appointed Head Coach a year later. In 2010 he accepted the post as Chief Coach of Cambridge University Boat Club, to lead them into the 2011 Boat Race campaign. In the years that followed he brought stability to the Cambridge programme developing a robust environment for scholar athletes of all backgrounds to excel in a ruthless but rewarding team environment.
After Cambridge’s clean sweep at the 2018 Boat Race, Steve accepted the role of High Performance Coach within the Great Britain Olympic Rowing programme and now develops athletes and crews to compete at World and Olympic competition. He continues to be involved with the Cambridge rowing community, including helping students and coaches at Hughes Hall Boat Club.