Image ID CM6J2B Pete Reed pictured with Olympic gold medals for rowing in 2012 161012 CREDIT PEOPLE PRESS, Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
Pete Reed pictured in October 2012 with his two Olympic gold medals for rowing (Picture: PEOPLE PRESS/Alamy Stock Photo).
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'Serving has been my honour': Olympic champion Pete Reed leaves Navy

Image ID CM6J2B Pete Reed pictured with Olympic gold medals for rowing in 2012 161012 CREDIT PEOPLE PRESS, Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
Pete Reed pictured in October 2012 with his two Olympic gold medals for rowing (Picture: PEOPLE PRESS/Alamy Stock Photo).

Three-times Olympic rowing champion Lieutenant Commander Pete Reed has left the Royal Navy.

The Armed Forces' most decorated sportsman has been medically discharged and is starting a new life as a civilian.

"My time in the Royal Navy concludes today," he wrote in a message on Twitter.

"It is no exaggeration to say that joining up was the best thing I ever did and that serving has been my honour," he added.

He signed off with the words: "You have me for life #veteran," with an anchor and a salute emoji.

Lt Cdr Reed retired from international rowing in 2018, after winning the Olympic titles, five world championships and being awarded an OBE.

He rejoined the Navy full-time the same year, but in 2019 he suffered a spinal stroke that left him paralysed from the waist down.

He spent 18 months at the Defence Medical Rehab Centre (DMRC) at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire.

IMAGE ID G4963K Former Royal Navy Pete Reed pictured as part of Olympic rowing Team GB 110511 CREDIT PA Images Alamy Stock Photo
Pete Reed pictured wearing his Team GB kit ahead of the London Olympics in 2012 (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).

On leaving the DMRC, Lt Cdr Reed resumed his naval career, but a medical discharge followed soon after.

Tuesday, 19 July, was his final day in the Royal Navy and messages of thanks and support followed his Twitter post.