By Megan Ratcliffe

AFTER Pete Reed's third Olympic gold, here is a look at some facts you may not know about the Nailsworth rower.

• Pete was born in Seattle but months later his family moved to Nailsworth, where he grew up immersed within the Cotswold countryside.

• Pete Reed attended Nailsworth Primary School and Deer Park School in Cirencester, and later won a popular place on an Officer training scholarship at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1999; one of only three comprehensive school students to be chosen.

• He discovered his physical aptitude for rowing on his first deployment in the Gulf, where he was tested on the Concept 2 ergometer for the first time.

• Pete currently has the world’s largest recorded lung capacity of 11.68 litres, which is almost twice the normal average.

• After completing officer training he studied mechanical engineering at the University of the West of England in Bristol, where he was coached by Fred Smallbone, a silver medallist himself, and thus became the Boat Club President.

• During his masters in engineering at the University of Oxford he trained at the Oxford University Boat Club; he was selected for the Blue Boat race against Cambridge where his crew in 2005 won by two lengths.

• The former Oxford Blue is one of the most decorated rowers in the GB team.

• He was named as both the Royal Navy and Combined Services Sportsman of the Year in 2005, and later received the British Olympic Association Male Olympic Athlete award in 2014.

• He is generally known in the rowing world as Commander and in the 2009 New Year’s Honours list was awarded an MBE.

• Pete has used his love of sport and is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust which helps disadvantaged men and women turn away from hardship; as well as being Patron for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.