Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:
“Congratulations to Paul Bennett from Leeds for winning Olympic gold in the men’s eight rowing. Following on from being world champions for the last two years, it was fantastic to see Paul and his teammates prove again they are best in the world in the event delivering more golden success for our city and Team GB. Everyone in Leeds is delighted for Paul and we are very proud of his wonderful achievement.”
Paul Bennett MBE is a British rower and Olympic gold medallist. He was part of the team that won the gold medal in the Men’s eight competition at the 2014 World Rowing Championships, the 2015 World Rowing Championships, and then the 2016 Summer Olympics. He also won the Boat Race in 2013 sitting at 5 for Oxford.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to rowing. He graduated with a first class MSci in mathematics from King’s College London in 2012, and completed an MSc in Computer Science at Kellogg College, Oxford in 2013.
Paul was raised in Roundhay in Leeds, where his parents still live, and attended Roundhay School. To honour Paul’s achievement the Civic Hall will be lit up in gold on Monday night.