Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE is a retired British rower, a triple Olympic Gold Medallist and quadruple World Champion.
Yorkshire bred; Andrew says his rowing heritage is in the grass roots of a small boat club at Staffordshire University. It was while studying Environmental Science at the University that he took up the sport on Rudyard Lake; beginning his journey to double Olympic gold.
Winning his first senior international vest for Great Britain in 2002, Andrew was part of the eight, which reached the final of the World Championships in Seville. A year later he was again with the eight that won his first Bronze medal at the World Championships in Milan.
Continuing his studies at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, with a Master’s Degree in Water Science, Policy and Management, Andrew stroked the winning crew in The Boat Race against the University of Cambridge in 2005.
After becoming double World Champion in 2005 and 2006, Andrew defended Great Britain’s Coxless Four title at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 to win his first Olympic Gold medal, before successfully defending his own title four years later with his crew at the London 2012 Olympic rowing regatta. In 2016, Andrew competed in the Rio Olympics and won his third Olympic title.
Andrew made an inspirational return to Staffordshire University in October 2012 as part of opening ceremony for the University’s new Science Centre where he shared his success with students from across Stoke-on-Trent.
He said: “My ambition now is to help nurture young athletes and help develop the sport of rowing for future generations to help play my part in the legacy that needs to be developed following London 2012.”
The award of Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University is bestowed upon Andrew in recognition of his inspirational journey from Staffordshire Graduate to two times Olympic Gold medal winner and his role in inspiring future generations about the possibilities of education.