Stallard's great feeling as part of successful GB Olympic team

PUBLISHED: 17:21 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

Shunyi, CHINA. GBR M8+,  Men's eights final,  Silver  medalist at the 2008 Olympic Regatta, Shunyi Rowing Course.  Sun 17.08.2008.  [Mandatory Credit: Peter SPURRIER, Intersport Images

Shunyi, CHINA. GBR M8+, Men's eights final, Silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Regatta, Shunyi Rowing Course. Sun 17.08.2008. [Mandatory Credit: Peter SPURRIER, Intersport Images

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TEWIN rower and Beijing Olympic silver medallist Tom Stallard said it is a great feeling to have been part of the successful Team GB in China. The 2008 Games are to be the 29-year-old rower s last as he gears up to begin a new career with Formula 1 giant

Caversham, Reading, Tom STALLARD, GB Rowing Team Training at Redgrave Pinsent Lake, Engand [Credit Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

TEWIN rower and Beijing Olympic silver medallist Tom Stallard said it is a great feeling to have been part of the successful Team GB in China.

The 2008 Games are to be the 29-year-old rower's last as he gears up to begin a new career with Formula 1 giants McLaren Mercedes.

Stallard, who has competed at two Games, said: "I knew this would be my last Olympics, because I start work for McLaren in a couple of weeks and I'm pleased to have ended on a high, but also a bit daunted to be moving on from what I have been doing for so long."

The men's eight star had studied for a masters degree in motorsport engineering at Brunel University.

He previously graduated from Cambridge where he was university boat club president and rowed four times in the famous varsity Boat Race against Oxford, winning it twice.

His new position with McLaren will include working on their driver simulator and no doubt he will be in contact with another Tewin old boy, a certain Mr Lewis Hamilton.

Looking back at his career in rowing, he said: "A silver medal produces really confused emotions, because 15 years of rowing has paid off with a fantastic ending, but also we were racing for gold and didn't quite get there."

Stallard took his place in an overall Great Britain team which did superbly well out in China, in one of our best ever performances at an Olympic Games.

He added: "After a bit of time for reflection, as well as seeing other great athletes succeed and fail, it is a great feeling to have been a part of such a successful Olympic team.

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