A host of previous World junior and World U23 medallists have been named by the GB Rowing Team to race at this year's World U23 Championships in Amsterdam (July 21-24).
49 rowers from Southampton to Glasgow and from Coleraine to Cardiff will race in a total of 13 boats and will hope to follow in the footsteps of the 2010 squad who delivered the nation's best ever tally at this event - a gold, three silvers and three bronzes.
Former world junior men's four champions George Nash (2007) and Constantine Louloudis (2009), who were rivals in this year's Boat Race but who teamed up and took 7th place at the senior world cup last weekend, will race in the men's pair.
Will Satch, U23 bronze medallist in 2009 and who subbed into the senior men's eight at the Munich world cup earlier this year to win silver, is part of the men's eight for the event that is stroked by George Rossiter, a 2009 world junior silver medallist, and coxed by Max Gander who won bronze with Satch last year.
Matthew Tarrant and Michael Evans were also in last year's bronze line-up whilst Thomas Clark, Patrick Lapage and Andrew Holmes were in the bronze medal coxed four in Belarus.
Sarah Cowburn races with Rachel Gamble-Flint in the women's double scull, two years after she was part of the senior women's quadruple scull at the 2009 World Championships in Poland. Cowburn has been returning from injury and completing her studies at Durham University which is increasing in renown as a rowing as well as academically strong University.
The women's eight also contains former world junior medallists Caragh McMurty, Brianna Stubbs and Olivia Carnegie Brown - all of whom took silver in the women's four in 2009.
Peter Chambers, from Coleraine, returns to the U23 fold after a foray into senior world cup rowing last weekend when he won gold in Lucerne as part of the lightweight men's four with his older brother Richard. In Amsterdam, Chambers rows with Kieren Emery in the lightweight pair. This duo were both U23 silver medallists last year and have competed at the 2011 Munich world cup where they took silver.
Kieren Emery is also a former world junior gold medallist as part of the four that raced to victory in 2007 and included George Nash.
Jonno Clegg, Will Fletcher and Jamie Kirkwood go to Amsterdam as defending champions in the lightweight men's four. John Preston joins the line up this time round.
The lightweight women's squad also features a rower with recent experience at senior world cup level in Katherine Copeland. The Tees RC rower won lightweight single scull gold at the Munich world cup and has twice before competed at the U23 Worlds in 2009 and 10.
Team manager Steve Gunn, who coached Greg and Jonny Searle to gold in the coxed pairs at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and who heads up Start, the GB Rowing Team's talent identification and development programme which is Siemens-backed and funded by the lottery, said: “The team has been training well at Caversham the last few days and there have been some encouraging training times.
“The nature of the U23s is that form is difficult to predict before you get there. It makes for exciting racing, so we’re looking forward to it.”
The GB Rowing Team, sponsored by Siemens and lottery funded, will announce its senior squad for the World Championships on July 19.
This year’s championships, in Bled, Slovenia, at the end of August will double as the qualifying regatta for London 2012.
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U23 GB ROWING TEAM CREW-LISTS
2011 World Rowing U23 Championships, Amsterdam
July 20-24, 2011
(listed bow to stroke plus cox)
(CLUB/HOME TOWN/DATE OF BIRTH)
Lottie Howard-Merrill (Imperial College BC/Oxford/15.11.1989)/
Brianna Stubbs (Oxford Uni Women’s BC/Poole/13.07.1991)/
Caragh McMurtry (Reading Uni BC/Southampton/22.08.1991)/
Olivia Oakes (Uni of London BC/Warrington/21.04.1990)/
Michelle Vezie (Molesey BC & Stanford Uni/London/10.07.1989)/
Katherine Douglas (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Edinburgh/03.08.1989)/
Karen Bennett (Molesey BC/Edinburgh/05.02.1989)/
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Reading/28.03.1991)/
Charlotte Jackson (cox) (Durham Uni BC/West Byfleet/27.01.1991)
Coach: Neasa Folan
Rachel Gamble-Flint (Leander Club/Darlington/13.09.1991)/
Sarah Cowburn (Durham University BC/Redditch/01.02.1989)
Coach: Jane Hall
George Nash (Cambridge Uni BC/Guildford/02.10.1989)/
Constantine Louloudis (Oxford Uni BC/Bayswater, London/15.09.1991)
Coach: Paul Stannard
Henry Goodier (Imperial College BC/Putney/01.10.1989)/
Philip Congdon (Durham Uni BC/Bury St Edmunds/06.06.1989)/
James Scott (UC Berkeley/Burwell, Cambridgeshire/26.09.1991)/
Ertan Hazine (Uni of London/Maidenhead/01.08.1991)/
Franz Imfeld (cox) (Durham Uni BC/Chester/24.02.1991)
Coach: Chris Collerton
Oliver Staite (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Malvern/09.02.1991)/
Thomas Clark (Leander Club/Worcester/28.01.1989)/
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Shepperton/11.07.1990)/
William Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.1989)/
Patrick Lapage (Harvard Uni BC/Shrewsbury/16.07.1990)/
Michael Evans (Princeton Uni/Ramsbury, Wiltshire/23.08.1990)/
Andrew Holmes (Harvard Uni BC/Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire/04.10.1991)/
George Rossiter (Newcastle Uni BC/Newbury)/
Maximilian Gander (cox) (Uni of London BC/Oxford)
Coach: Henry Bailhache-Webb
Jonathan Walton (Loughborough Students RC/Leicester/06.10.1990)
Coach: Howard Marsh
Oliver Lee (Agecroft RC/Stockport/07.03.1991)/
Stewart Innes (Durham Uni BC/Henley/20.05.1991)/
John Collins (Leander Club/Whitton, Middlesex/24.01.1989)/
Jack Hockley (Leander Club/Marlow/05.10.1989)
Coach: Hamish Burrell
Katherine Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees/01.12.1990)
Coach: James Harris
Rebecca Humphreys (Uni of London BC/Lisbellaw, Eniskillen/22.03.1989)/
Christina Thomas (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Staines/19.05.1991)/
Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC/Olney, Bucks/16.05.1991)/
Charlotte Burgess (Reading Uni BC/Swineshead, Bedford/25.06.1990)
Coach: Miles Forbes-Thomas
Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)/
Kieren Emery (Leander Club/Newcastle-upon-Tyne/01.06.1990)
Coach: Peter Sheppard
Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.1989)/
John Preston (Leander Club/Durham/16.04.1989)/
William Fletcher (Durham Uni BC/ Chester-le-Street/24.12.1989)/
Jamie Kirkwood (Imperial College BC/Newcastle-upon-Tyne/30.08.1989)
Coach: Rob Dauncey
James Coombes (Hereford RC/Hereford/22.06.1990)/
Gavin Murty (Clydesdale ARC/Glasgow/17.04.1992)
Coach: Sean Leyland
Wilf Kimberley (Imperial College BC/London/15.07.1992)/
Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.1991)/
Michael Mottram (Reading Uni BC/Stoke Mandeville/08.06.1990)/
Joshua Butler (Imperial College BC/Riseley, Bedford/11.03.1989)
Coach: Don McLachlan
MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT STAFF
Team Manager: Steve Gunn
Chief Coach: Peter Sheppard
Equipment Manager: Andy Knee-Robinson
Doctor: Michelle Earby
Physio: Abbie Turner
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Wednesday July 20 – Training
Thursday July 21 – Heats
Friday July 22 – Repechages/Quarters/Semis
Saturday July 23 – Semis/B,C,D,E Finals
Sunday July 24 – A,B Finals
For the full competition schedule go to www.amsterdamrowing.com
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KEY DATES FOR 2011
This important season for the nation's top rowers
culminates in the World Championships and
Olympic qualifying regatta:
BLED, SLOVENIA, FROM AUGUST 28 - SEPTEMBER 4, 2011
Britain will seek to qualify boats into as many Olympic
and Paralympic classes as possible here rather than
through the last-chance final qualifying regatta in Lucerne
from May 20-23, 2012.
Meanwhile, here are some additional dates of note for the
GB squad for the remainder of 2011:
KEY DATES FOR YOUR 2011 DIARY
Announcement of the GB World Championships Team
World Rowing U23 Championships, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coupe de la Jeunesse, Linz, Austria
World Rowing Junior Championships, Dorney Lake, Eton
(this is also the Olympic test event)
28 - 4 September
WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Bled, Slovenia
European Rowing Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
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