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British Rowing chief reaches out to London 2012 medal winners Alex Partridge and James Foad

British Rowing chief reaches out to London 2012 medal winners Alex Partridge and James Foad after Sportsmail unveiled the mental health crisis among past Olympians

  • Alex Partridge and James Foad won bronze in the eighth men at the 2012 Olympic Games
  • But both men both had severe depression after leaving the sport
  • Rowing chief Brendan Purcell hopes to meet them to discuss their experiences

British Rowing chief Brendan Purcell has contacted London 2012 medal winners Alex Partridge and James Foad in response to the Sportsmail report on the psychic crisis of former Olympians.

Partridge, 39 and Foad, 32, won bronze in the eight men, but both suffered severe depression after leaving the sport, criticizing British Rowing’s lack of concern for former athletes last week.

Purcell hopes to meet the couple this spring to discuss their experiences.

James Foad has opened up for Sportsmail about his mental health problems

James Foad has opened himself to Sportsmail about his mental health problems

He wants to improve support for retired rowers and launches a new mentoring program that gives former GB stars the opportunity to talk to current athletes in workshops or one-to-one sessions.

British Rowing is also planning to set up an alumni club for current and former athletes as part of their charity, Love Rowing.

Patrijs retired in 2012 and said the “wheels are falling off” after seeing eight Rio Gold in Rio 2016. He was accused of driving under the influence later that year and had suicidal thoughts.

Foad stopped when a back injury prohibited him from Rio and committed suicide in March.

Alex Partridge, a double Olympic gold medalist, has been struggling mentally since London 2012

Alex Partridge, a double Olympic gold medalist, has been struggling mentally since London 2012

Alex Partridge, a double Olympic gold medalist, has been struggling mentally since London 2012

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