Tracks to Rio: Will Satch, Rower

In 2012, key British Olympians and Paralympians such as Sir Chris Hoy and Richard Whitehead wore our headphones both in training and preparation before their main events. Ahead of Rio 2016, a new generation of athletes share with us the music that helps them get into the zone.

Following on from his breakthrough Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, Will Satch achieved more medals in three European Championships and a further clutch of World Cup Golds. Despite this only being his fifth full season in the GB Rowing Team senior ranks, Will will be looking to add to his ever-growing medal collection at Rio alongside team-mates Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley.


His selection of music is eclectic, from the emotional frailty of Bon Iver to the 70s rock stomp of Fleetwood Mac. When we asked him about his choices he told us:

“You can tell by looking at my “top ten tracks” that I like listening to a various mix in genre, this is because of my wide taste in music as the trait goes through my whole music collection, but ultimately because of the range in training we do. I feel it becomes part of you & I find myself rather emotionally attached to it. That could just be the rollercoaster that comes from winning & losing. I need the punchy drum & bass rhythm to get me fired up for races but at the same time it can get far too repetitive when crunching the long miles for hours on end on the machine. That’s when I long for something in minor. I feel the mix gives me clarity and can help pass the time when ultimately the going always gets tough!”

Here’s what he’ll be listening to on his P7 headphones in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics:

George Ezra- Budapest

Swim Deep – Down to the sea

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

Coldplay – Magic

Wolf Alice – Bros

David Bowie – Fame.

Jimmi Hendrix – Voodoo child.

Bon Iver – Skinny love.

Creedance Clearwater – Fortunate son

Alt-J – Breezeblocks

Turn on, tune in, work out.


Read more blogs from our Tracks to Rio series here

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