Will Dean joined the senior rowing team in 2011 after two years competing at the U23 level, which was highlighted by a world silver medal in 2008 in the eight. Dean made his Olympic debut at London 2012 as a member of the four that finished ninth. In 2014 he joined the quad sculls crew and achieved a career highlight when they won a bronze medal at the World Cup in Aiguebelette, France. They went on to finish seventh at the world championships. Dean competed collegiately at the University of California Berkeley and won a NCAA Championship in the men’s eight at the IRA Regatta as senior in 2010 after coming third in 2008 and 2009.
Family: Parents Blake and Joanne… Younger brother Spencer and younger sister Jillian… His mother is a former elite triathlete who won gold at the 1991 World Championships, silver in 1992 and bronze in 1993…
Getting into the Sport: Started rowing at 18 at University of California Berkeley… Outside Interests: Studied English at the University of California Berkeley… Enjoys cooking, yoga, basketball, cross-country skiing… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good” – Samuel Johnson… Favourite Olympic moment was watching Simon Whitfield win triathlon gold at Sydney 2000… Role model is Steve Nash…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
OG: 2012 – 9th (M4-)
PAG: 2015 – GOLD (M8+), GOLD (M4x)
FISA WCh: 2014 – 7th (M4x); 2013 – 14th (M4-); 2011 – 7th (M4-)
FISA WCh (U23): 2009 – 5th (M8+); 2008 – SILVER (M8+)