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Ben KaneGreg Searle was born in Ashford, Middlesex in 1972. He was educated at Hampton School and London Southbank University. 

Greg won a dramatic Olympic gold medal in rowing at the age of twenty at the 1992 Barcelona Games with his brother Jonny and their cox Garry Herbert.  In recognition of this achievement he became one of the youngest recipients of an MBE in the 1993 honours list.  He and Jonny took the bronze at Atlanta in the coxless four (1996) and four years later, Greg Searle was pushed into fourth place in the coxless pairs final with Ed Coode at Sydney. 

After Sydney and with his wife, Jenny, expecting their first child, Searle retired from international rowing.  He is currently director of Lane4, a company established by former Olympic swimming champion Adrian Moorhouse offering lessons learned in sport to the business community. 

On 31 August 2009, Greg Searle made an audacious, life-changing decision – to become the first person to win two Olympic gold medals twenty years apart.  He wrote ‘be a legend” in his notebook and started to plan the greatest Olympic comeback ever.

If Not Now, When? is the story of Greg Searle’s 2012 Olympic comeback, was sold at auction to Pan Macmillan and published in 2012.


Greg Searle 'a fascinating read, laced with triumph [and] tragedy... compelling' - Daily Telegraph

"an admirably honest, intelligent and heart-wrenching account of what it takes to occupy the elite end of sport" - Daily Express

Twenty years ago, rower Greg Searle won Gold in the Coxed Pair alongside his brother Jonny, at the Barcelona Olympic Games. At the age of 20, he received an MBE, and by the time he had reached his mid-thirties, his glorious career as an international athlete was over. Or was it? If Not Now, When? is a book about obsession; about the drive to be the best you can be, whatever your age. In April 2010, and almost two decades older than the rest of the British rowing squad, Greg made the decision to come out of retirement and go for gold again at the London 2012 Olympics. Enduring personal sacrifice along the way, and drawing strength from past set-backs, his journey gets to the heart of what it means to compete, in any walk of life.If Not Now, When? is a book about teamwork and loyalty; about the struggle to deal with disappointment, and the will to win.  But above all, it is a book about obsession: about the drive to be the best you can be, whatever your age.  In the 2012 final, Greg won bronze as part of the men’s eight and sealed his status as Olympic legend.

 BIBLIOGRAPHY: If Not Now, When?, Macmillan, 2012.