2012 Olympic rowing gold medallist Pete Reed has called on sports fans to help rekindle the flame when the Samsung World Rowing Cup comes to Eton Dorney this summer.
One of the Games' most iconic venues, will open its doors from June 21-23rd and tickets to see the GB Rowing Team take on the rest of the world go on sale today.
Men’s four Olympic champion Reed summed up the excitement of returning when he said: “”The World Cup at Eton Dorney will rekindle the Olympic fire we all felt there last summer. The venue is stunning, great for our sport and should continue to inspire our talent of tomorrow”.
Reed’s Olympic gold medal counterparts Andrew Triggs Hodge, Alex Gregory and Helen Glover are all back in full training and will be raring to go in front of the home crowd alongside a host of GB’s silver and bronze medallists from the Games.
Organisers are planning a series of spectator attractions to run alongside the rowing itself. Day-tickets, three-day options and family tickets are available for the event which will be live on BBC Television.
“It will be a chance to go back and feel the excitement of a big event for anyone who got a ticket for the Olympics. For those who weren’t able to be there in person last summer we will be offering the chance to enjoy the venue and feel the atmosphere for the first time”, said Event Manager, Susan Murrin.
Racing will open with heats and Repechages on Friday before moving to semi-finals and finals on Saturday and World Cup finals on Sunday.
On-line ticket sales open today at www.wrcupetondorney2013.com/spectators
Spectators can also purchase tickets over the phone through the Royal Windsor Information Centre by calling 01753 743900.
UK Sport Major Events Consultant Rebecca Edser said: “Rowing at Eton Dorney was one of the highlights of London 2012, with a hugely successful British team cheered on by the vocal crowds lining the Dorney Lake.
“The World Rowing Cup will be a great opportunity for sports fans to see the best rowers in the world and experience that atmosphere once again.
“With only three World Cups per year, this will be one of the most prestigious rowing events on the calendar and we are delighted to support this event as part of the Gold Event Series.”
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British Rowing is the governing body for the sport of rowing (both indoor rowing and rowing on water). It is responsible for the training and selection of individual rowers and crews representing Great Britain, and for participation in and the development of rowing and indoor rowing in England. We are committed to ensuring that the sport continues to thrive from the grass roots right up to winning medals at the Olympic Games.
This event is part of the UK Sport Gold Event Series and is supported by funding from the National Lottery. This is possible thanks to people in the UK buying National Lottery tickets - if you've bought a lottery ticket, you're part of the team. Thank you!
The UK's Gold Event Series aims to bring major international sporting events to the UK and recognises their national importance. The series will see over 70 major events staged in the UK demonstrating the legacy of hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the UK as well as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. More information on the UK Sport Gold Event Series can be seen on the UK Sport Website www.uksport.gov.uk
FISA, “Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron” in French, or the English equivalent International Federation of Rowing Associations, is the governing body of the sport of rowing. It is empowered by its 136 member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee to govern the sport of rowing. FISA has created the World Rowing identity, which does not replace FISA, but is increasingly the recognised name and logo for FISA's external activities and key international events.
FISA sets the rules and regulations for the practice of the sport, in all its forms (elite, adaptive, and soon coastal and indoor), and organises sanctioned World Rowing events. It is also responsible for the development and promotion of the sport as well as providing advice and expertise for the organisation of rowing regattas, on coaching education and other matters relating to the sport and its development.