OUR ATHLETES #squarebladesathlete
Meet the inspiring athletes who best embody the ethos of Square Blades. They work hard, train hard and race hard. Athletes pushing their bodies to the extreme.
Zoë De Toledo
Zoë has been a #sbathelete for Square Blades since 2014. She starting coxing in 2002 at St Paul's Girls' School, on the tideway (her spiritual home & home to the Boat Race). In 2005 she represented Great Britain for the first time, winning a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships. Followed by joining the women's senior squad in September 2012. She's also coxed at Oxford Brookes, Leander (inc HRR Ladies Plate win in 2008) and Oxford (Isis 2011, BB 2012). Even though she says, "I like food too much to be a cox for much longer", Zoë steered the British W8+ to a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Mat is an Oxford Brookes University alumni and a current member of the GB senior men’s rowing squad. He’s had a meteoric rise through the rowing ranks, receiving his first GB vest after just 2 years of being in the sport. He is a double World Champion, a U23 World Champion, a World University Champion and went to the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
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Barnabé rows for Lausanne Sport Aviron in Switzerland, and is part of the elite Swiss Rowing National Team.
He started rowing in 2007 after he moved to Lausanne and joined the club there. By 2010 Barnabé had made his way into the Swiss Junior B squad and, after just 3 years, he'd moved up to the national squad - stroking the men's heavyweight quad.
It wasn't long before Barnabé found himself becoming U23 World Champion in the quad, winning at Linz, Austria in 2013 followed by Varese, Italy in 2014.
At the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 Barnabe was stroking the quad, coming 1st in the B Final (7th overall). However, in this Olympic cycle, he's moved to the heavyweight double and has his sights firmly set on Tokyo 2020.