There were more dramatic golden moments on the London Olympic regatta course today as the GB Rowing Team won four gold medals at the Samsung World Rowing Cup.
A full house at the Eton Dorney course witnessed medals coming from experienced stars and some new, younger athletes, tasting senior international competition for the first time.
Olympic champion Helen Glover, with new partner Polly Swann, brought the house down with the first home gold in the women’s pair, following on from their debut win together at the Sydney World Cup in March.
In a fitting finale to the UK Sport Gold Series Event, the GB men’s eight completed the racing with a nail biting finish against Poland. With double Olympic champions Peter Reed and Andy Triggs-Hodge part of the heartbeat of the crew they snatched the win in the final few metres.
The eight’s gold bookended a medal tally which was opened with a GB one-two in the lightweight men’s pair, one of the non-Olympic classes.
In between GB rowers also added four further silvers - from the lightweight men’s and women’s doubles, the lightweight men’s pair, the men’s single sculler Alan Campbell and the men’s four – and two bronzes from the lightweight men’s four and the men’s double scull of Matt Langridge and Bill Lucas. The final tally stood at four golds, five silvers and two bronzes.
GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner was clearly delighted with the performances, particularly from some of the young, new rowers.
“I am pleased with our rowers today. Several of our boats stepped up from the heats and the semis, backed by the now traditional Dorney Roar from the crowd.
“But we need to keep our feet on the ground. After Henley we have the World Cup at Lucerne which will be tougher than this with more nations.
“This event has given us a good base to go there and it has shown the spirit that is in our team as well as its ambition. So it has been a good day in the office”.
The results today came after two para-rowing golds were secured yesterday by Tom Aggar in the arms-shoulders single scull and the mixed coxed four.
The wind was whistling down Dorney Lake as Helen Glover, Olympic champion, and Polly Swann sat on the start for the women’s pair. Fast times were predicted in the cross-tail wind.
Glover and Swann were joined by Katie Greeves and Louisa Reeve, racing as GBR2 and Jess Eddie and Olivia Carnegie Brown, racing in GBR3, Britain having sliced up its eight and redistributed the rowers into pairs and quads due to the lack of a women’s eight race here.
Glover and Swann wore the gold of the World Cup leaders as winners in Sydney in March in the opening World Cup.
Germany were fastest off the start with Katie Greves and Louisa Reeve in second and GBR 3 just behind them.
Swann and Glover kept the power on and by the 500m marker, they were in the lead and began to move out to three-quarters of a length.
Under grey skies and in chilly temperatures the New Zealand boat put in a push to overhaul the early German leaders and take second behind Glover and Swann.
Behind them Reeve and Greves battled with Germany for bronze. With 500m to go the Germans put in a push and secured third whilst Glover and Swann dug in as they battled to hold off New Zealand. In the final 100m the crowd roared them on and Glover and Swann held on to win in 6:58.26.
Speaking afterwards, Swann admitted to having had some pre-race nerves.
“When everyone was getting ready, I had to have a word with myself a few times,” she said. “But once we were out on the water it all makes sense and you are doing what you do every day.
“Helen and I have been training together for a while now so we know what we want to achieve and what we want to do. Once I got onto the start line, I felt more in control, had a bit of a smile on my face because it’s what we love doing.”
Glover added: “I’m so excited to be back here with all the memories from last year. I had to put that to the back of my mind for this weekend.
“I’ve really enjoyed the crowds. Everyone still has the Olympic spirit with all the flags waving them around, it is so much fun.”
Reflecting on finishing fifth alongside Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Jess Eddie said: “We got off to a great start but got a bit tangled in the middle. Considering we only knew we were going to be put in as a pair a few days ago, it was fun and we enjoyed the challenge.”
Olympic silver medallist from the quad sculls in Beijing, Frances Houghton was partnered here by Victoria Meyer-Laker in the final of the double sculls.
A good start put them level with the Danish crew after 250m, with China, who rowed last year as lightweights, also in contention. At halfway China and GB looked level.
GB responded to the Chinese push in the final 500m and managed to inch ahead, when China were stopped in their tracks when they “caught a crab”.
This left GB to head for the line and take gold. China recovered for the bronze medal behind Denmark.
“It was a very exciting race, really fast and tricky conditions here,” Houghton said. “It’s pretty testy for a new combination, but actually I think most of the combinations out there are new, so we just went out there and raced it.”
Meyer-Laker added: “It was just so special to be able to compete on home soil and to have so many people come to watch to see why you do what you do – and also that they get so excited about it.
“We won a bronze medal in Sydney but we weren’t able to get to the podium because we had another race so I think we will take this one for both those races.”
In the women’s single scull, Victoria Thornley settled well into the pace of her final before slipping back to fourth after 500m.
New Zealand’s Emma Twigg pulled clear of the pack with a pace no one else could match, but Thornley proved tenacious in keeping in the hunt for a medal.
In the final 500m she could not quite squeeze enough speed to make the podium but should be pleased with her form here, showing she is a real contender in this event – one in which GB had no representative at the 2012 Games.
“Everyone is talking about the conditions out there and yes it is rough but I’ve trained in this weather and I was confident I could cope with it,” Thornley said.
“To be honest, I’ve exceeded my expectations at this regatta.
“I’m rowing against athletes who have rowed in this event for six years or more and I’ve only been doing it for six months. Next up for me is Henley and I’m now looking forward to Lucerne.”
GB was also racing two women’s quadruple scull boats at Dorney today. Neither is an experienced line up so today was all about getting the experience. Unsurprisingly, Germany and Poland showed well early and converted this into eventual gold and silver performances with Austria in bronze. The British boats came home fourth and fifth.
Rosamund Bradbury said: “We had a good start but really struggled in the conditions out there. We are al still learning a great deal wand see this as being the start of the season so we can improve our time”.
Britain’s open weight men had a good day on the water today topped in the final race of the day by victory for the top-ranked British men’s eight by few feet from Poland, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Earlier in the race, Poland squeezed ahead after 400m with the GBR1 crew not far behind in second.
The British crew, which included London 2012 gold medalists Andy Triggs-Hodge and Pete Reed, sat on the shoulder of the Poles heading up to the halfway point.
Meanwhile, further back down the field France and the GBR2 crews were having their own battle for bronze, with the French leading by two feet at 1,500m.
There was little to choose between Poland and GBR1 going into the final 250m and the British men pushed ahead in the final stages to take gold by the narrowest of margins. France took bronze by just two tenths ahead of the second British crew.
After failing to be at their best in Friday’s heat, Pete Reed was delighted to come away from the weekend with gold.
“I was in quite a tense frame of mind. People think that rowing is all physical that it’s all endurance and strength, that’s a big chunk of it but it’s also technical,” he said.
“Our bodies haven’t changed but we just rowed so badly on Friday and let the occasion get the better of us. Afterwards we came off the water and Jurgen Grobler (their coach) was very positive. He said we were better than that, so we went away had some meetings.
“This crew is a crew of real peaks and troughs, talk about a rollercoaster.”
James Foad said: “It was a good turnaround race. We’ve got a lot of experience in the boat and we didn’t lose faith in our training. We are very much in control of our programme and this gives us tremendous confidence going forwards.”
This year ‘s GB men’s four has a completely new line-up of Alan Sinclair, Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell, Scott Durant and Matthew Tarrant, who settled early on into third position in their final behind Australia and Romania, giving themselves work to do in the second half of the race.
Refusing to panic, however, the British settled into a nice rhythm in the second 1000m, rowing through the Romanians into second position and gaining fast on the Australian four.
They ran out of racing distance to overhaul the Australians, however, and had to settle for silver – a fine return for the relatively new crew, as Tarrant pointed out.
“It’s really great; we have obviously had a crew change,” he said. “We’ve really made some good progress in the past couple of weeks. Really encouraging training at Caversham but Friday was our first day to see if everyone else has stepped on as well.”
Commenting on the tricky racing conditions, Scott Durant added: “It’s pretty tough out there. When you are coming in on a crew like Australia like we were there, you really put yourself in a lot of pain and only feel it when you cross the line.
“It’s pretty agonising but it’s good to come away with something after a couple of weeks of preparation.”
All six crews in the men’s pair were all relatively close after 100m with the Olympic Champions New Zealand pulling away to lead by almost a length at 500m.
The young British crew of Ertan Hazine and James Cook were at the back of the field with 750m to go fighting it out with Azerbajan.
The NZ reigning World Cup holders Eric Murray and Hamish Bond dominated for the rest of the race and won comfortably and set a new World Cup best time of 6:16:01. Poland came in second, with Romania 2 third. Hazine and Cook finished fifth.
“We thought we could have got in the medals,” Hazine said when reflecting on the race.
“We had a lot of belief before the race. It was devastatingly rough out there and it was difficult to get into a rhythm, so it is disappointing but when we reflect on this, I think we will be delighted to get into an A Final and come fifth.”
Alan Campbell was back racing today on the waters where he won his historic sculling bronze for GB at the Games. Today he faced a strong field.
Norway’s Kjetil Borch had the strongest start in difficult conditions, but it was Campbell who took the lead early on.
Campbell held the lead from Georgi Bozhilov of Bulgaria and Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic at the halfway mark.
The Czech sculler then began to chase the GB athlete down and, with 500m to go, Campbell led by less than a canvas as the pair went neck and neck.
Synek then took the lead and had gained two thirds of a length on Campbell with 250m remaining
The Czech extended his lead to take gold by a length, with Campbell in silver and the Bulgarian taking bronze.
On reflection, Campbell said he was pleased with his performance: “I really went out and took the race on. Unfortunately, I just hit a few bad waves at the end and didn’t cope with conditions well enough.
“I’m a bit disappointed with that and it killed the momentum of my sprint at the end but Synek is a class act. I knew it was going to be a tough race so I am pleased with that result today.”
The GB men’s double is new since Sydney. Matt Langridge and Bill Lucas went to the start line for GB here.
Slovenia and New Zealand had the best starts in the men’s double sculls with Bill Lucas and Matt Langridge finding themselves in fifth place after 250m.
World Cup leaders New Zealand then pushed on to gain half a length on Germany, while Britain started to fight for fourth place with Azerbajan.
Meanwhile, after a good start, Slovenia slipped back through the pack and GB took advantage to enter the battle for bronze.
The British crew upped their stroke rate with 250m to go and snatched the final podium place from Azerbajan. New Zealand were first, with Germany second.
Despite picking up a medal, Langridge expressed a degree of disappointment following the race.
“I think we came here looking to win. I think we have shown real speed but probably in the really bouncy stuff we lacked a bit of cohesion,” he said.
“Both of the other crews have raced a long time and for us this is very much our first season together so when you are new to a boat those are not the conditions in which you want to be racing. But in patches I think we showed good speed and I’m happy with that.”
In the men’s quadruple scull final, Britain got off to a slow start and found themselves half a length down early on.
The crew of Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert struggled to get back into the race as Croatia, Germany and Estonia streaked ahead to take the medals while they slipped down to fifth behind Australia in the second half of the race.
“It was not a great race for us today. We didn’t deal with the conditions, it got the better of us early on and it’s almost impossible to make up time in the second half of a race,” Sam Townsend said.
“We were too far down to make a move and unfortunately we panicked too much. However, I’ve seen and been in enough races not to throw my toys out of the pram and I know one bad race does not make a bad crew.”
The Chambers brothers from Northern Ireland were in lane five for their lightweight double sculls final, in which they competed alongside two other sets of siblings, from Austria and the Netherlands.
A new pairing for this season, Peter and Richard got off to a great start leading by half a length from the Norwegians after 250m.
With a stroke rate of 36 approaching 1000m, they increased their lead to a length. Norway were caught by the Polish crew with half the race remaining, and the two crews began to push the British boat.
The Chambers were closed down within the final 100m and Poland won by 1.13 seconds. Norway completed the podium.
“It’s disappointing that we didn’t win but we did a better job than yesterday,” Richard said.
“We showed that we’ve got a fast start but we had problems technically. We put ourselves out there and pushed as hard as we could.
“Our pace was very fast initially and if it had remained flatter I think we could have held onto it. It was great to be supported by a home crowd that gives you a tremendous lift.”
There was very little to choose between the six crews in the lightweight women’s double sculls over the opening 100 metres before the two British crews competing started to slip behind Germany and Sweden in the second quarter of the race.
Kathryn Twyman and Imogen Walsh then responded to put themselves back in contention, coming through the Swedish pair to seize a silver medal. Brianna Stubbs and Eleanor Piggott finished fourth.
”We are a little bit disappointed with silver,” Walsh said. “It would have been ok if it was our best race but we didn’t quite nail it today. It took us a while to settle into a rhythm.”
Twyman added: “We’ve been training all year in singles and were in singles for trials so we’ve not had much time together. We’ve got plenty to find.”
A new British lightweight men’s four line-up of Adam Freeman-Pask, William Fletcher, Jonathan Clegg and Chris Bartley got off to a good start in their final, joining Denmark and New Zealand at the front of the field going through 500m.
The more experienced crews then started to pull away, with New Zealand inching ahead of Denmark, leaving Great Britain behind to take the bronze medal.
In response to New Zealand’s growing advantage, the Danes started to come back into the race over the last few strokes, but the Kiwis grabbed the gold on the line.
Reflecting on the result, Adam Freeman-Pask said: “I’m really chuffed with the bronze today with our new crew like this. It’s a good starting point. I’m obviously a little bit disappointed but you always are when you don’t win in this sport.”
William Fletcher added: “It is very hard but coming in rowing alongside Bartley and Adam. It’s an awesome thing to do.
“And of course Jono but I’ve raced with him for the past four years so that’s getting a bit boring (laughs). It’s really good coming into row with some top guys.”
Ruth Walczak finished outside of the medals in the lightweight women’s single scull final, having to settle for fourth position after a late push for the bronze medal in the final passage of the race.
Competing in only her first season as part of the GB Rowing team, Walczak was satisfied with how she performed.
“Overall, I am really happy,” she said. “Fourth is always very frustrating but I felt I was close. It was a very strong field and I’m really pleased we’ve got Lucerne next.
“I came on strong at the finish as I wanted to leave everything I had out on the water. It is my first season in the GB team and I know you don’t get to be the best in the world overnight so I will keep working hard.”
Sam Scrimgeour and Mark Aldred took a grip on the lightweight men’s pair final just beyond the 500m mark Matthew Bedford and Wilf Kimberley racing here as Great Britain 2 were their nearest challenger.
The Japanese tracked them with the Austrians trailing in fourth. Whilst the British lead at 500m was three-quarters of a length in the chasing pack Austria were clawing their way back into contention.
Just after halfway the second British boat put in a push to get within half a length of their team-mates. As the race passed the packed grandstands, the British boats were clear leaving Scrimgeour and Aldred to celebrate gold and British team a “one-two”.
In the B-finals, the British boats made a fast start in the lightweight men’s single scull with Jamie Kirkwood claiming an early lead just ahead of Chris Boddy, as the pair established a length’s lead by 500m.
Kirkwood continued to extend his advantage in the final 1000m to claim victory in the B-final, while Boddy had to concede a place to the American to finish third.
In the men’s single sculls B-final, Jonathan Walton faced an early battle with America’s John Graves for the race victory.
The American took a slender lead in the early stages of the race before Walton came through him around the halfway mark – holding onto his position to claim a well-judged race win, while Graves slipped back to finish third.
There was also a race victory for Melanie Wilson in the women’s single scull B-final – she led her race from the start to finish, surviving a late challenge from Russia’s Julia Levina.
(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. Full results: www.worldrowing.com)
(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. Full results: www.worldrowing.com)
1. Helen Glover/Polly Swann (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:58:26
2. Kayla Pratt/Rebecca Scown (New Zealand) 7:00:41
3. Kerstin Hartmann/Marlene Germany 7:06:87
4. Katie Greves/Louisa Reeve (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:09:40
5. Jessica Eddie/Olivia Carnegie-Brown (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:13:76
6. Zhang Jiaying/Ding Yanjie (China) 7:17:27
1. Emma Twigg (New Zealand) 7:25:12
2. Frida Svensson (Sweden) 7:27:93
3. Eleanor Logan (United States) 7:28:31
4. Victoria Thornley (GREAT BRITAIN 1) 7:29:50
5. Julia Lier (Germany 1) 7:31:93
6. Magdalena Lobnig (Austria) 7:34:61
1. Frances Houghton/Victoria Meyer-Laker (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:52:60
2. Mette Petersen/Lisbet Jakobsen (Denmark) 6:53:41
3. Xu Dongxiang/Pan Feihong (China) 2 6:57:81
4. Marieke Adams/Britta Oppelt (Germany) 6:58:11
5. Ulla Varvio/Eeva Karpinen (Finland) 7:01:32
6. Monika Durkarska/Leonara Kennedy (Ireland) 7:06;69
1. Germany 6:21:00
2. Poland 6:23:08
3. Australia 6:26:65
4. Katherine Douglas/Zoe Lee/Sarah Cowburn/Beth Rodford (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:33:32
5. Caragh McMurtry/Monica Relph/Rosamund Bradbury/Kristina Stiller (GREAT BRITAIN)
6. China 6:53:08
1. Eric Murray/Hamish Bond (New Zealand) 6:16:01
2. Wojciech Gutorski/Jaroslaw Godek (Poland) 6:31:74
3. Ionel Strungaru/Florin Curuea (Romania 1) 6:32:81
4. Marius-Vasile Cozmuic Romania 2 6:33.:05
5. Ertan Hazine/James Cook (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:39:63
6. Luka Dordevic/Igor Lucic (Azerbajan) 6:42:11
1. Oliver Cook/Daniel Ritchie/Tom Ransley/James Foad/Mohamed Sbihi/William Satch/Pete Reed/Andrew Triggs Hodge/Phelan Hill (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:25:93
2. Poland 5:26:36
3. France 5:29:54
4 Matthew Gotrel/James Edwards/Nicholas Middleton/Philip Congdon/Colin Williamson/John Collins/Mason Durant/Lance Tredell/Hnery Fieldman (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 2 5:29:76
5. Czech Republic 5:31:64
1. Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic) 6:47:70
2. Alan Campbell (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:49:23
3. Georgi Bozhilov (Bulgaria) 6:49:82
4. Marcel Hacker (Germany) 6:50:13
5. Kjetil Borch (Norway) 6:58:32
6. Cristian Rosso (Argentina) 7:03:41
1. Michael Arms/ Robert Manson (New Zealand) 6:13:78
2. Eric Knittel/ Stephan Krueger (Germany) 6:15:05
3. Bill Lucas/ Matt Langridge (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:16:41
4. Aleksandar Aleksandrov/ Boris Yotov (Azerbajan) 6:16:63
5. Michal Plocek/ Jan Andrle (Czech Republic) 6:23:56
6. Jernej Markovc/ Gasper Fistravec (Slovenia) 6:30:65
1. Michaela Taupe-Traer (Austria 1) 7:36:62
2. Leonie Pless (Germany 3) 7:44:98
3. Fabiana Beltrame (Brazil) 7:46:46
4. Ruth Walczak (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:47:40
5. Claire Lambe (Ireland) 7:55:06
6. Ka Man Lee (Hong Kong 1) 7:58:78
1. Lena Mueller/ Anja Noske (Germany) 6:58:27
2. Kathryn Twyman/Imogen Walsh (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:59:96
3. Cecelia Lilja/ Emma Fredh (Sweden) 7:00:37
4. Brianna Stubbs/Eleanor Piggott (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:02:74
5. Katarzyna Welna/ Weronika Deresz (Poland) 7:06:36
6. Christina Pultz/ Helene Olsen (Denmark) 7:10;74
1.Sam Scrimgeour/Mark Aldred (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:36:89
2.Matthew Bedford/Wilf Kimberley (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:38:81
3.Michael Hager/ Markus Lemp (Austria) 6:45:40
4.hikaru Endo/ Kosuke Mitsuoka (Japan) 6:49:53
1. Artur Mikolajczewski/ Milosz Jankowski (Poland) 6:17:13
2. Richard Chambers/Peter Chambers (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:18:26
3. Brun Kristoffer/ Are Strandli (Norway) 6:18:31
4. Paul Sieber/ Bernhard Sieber (Austria) 6:20:07
5. Jonathan Kock/ LarsHartig (Germany) 6:27:08
6. Vincent Muda/ Tycho Muda (Netherlands) 6:32:22
1. Melanie Wilson (GREAT BRITAIN 2) 7:39:64
2. Julia Levina (Russia) 7:41:20
3. Talk Gjoertz (Norway) 7:45:73
4. Kaisa Pajusalu (Estonia) 7:51:50
5. Yunxia Chen (China) 7:58:04
6. Bianca Miarka (Brazil) 8:06:71
1. Jonathan Walton (GREAT BRITAIN 2) 6:58:28
2. Dani Fridman (Israel 1) 7:00:34
3. John Graves (USA) 7:03:41
4. Oleg Gonorovski (Israel 2) 7:10:79
5. Joseph Sullivan (New Zealand 2) 7:12:74
6. Seonsoo Lee (Korea) 7:16:00
GB ROWING TEAM
Samsung World Rowing Cup, Eton Dorney, 21-23 June, 2013
Pair – three boats
Single scull – two boats
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coach: Jane Hall/Paul Reedy
Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)
Coach: Paul Reedy
Quadruple scull – two boats
Caragh McMurtry (Reading Univ BC/Southampton/22.08.91)/
Monica Relph (Leander Club/Cambridge/15.01.88)/
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)/
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)
Coach: Nick Strange
Katherine Douglas (Leander Club/Midlothian/03.08.89)/
Zoe Lee (Sport Imperial BC/Richmond, N. Yorks/15.12.85)/
Sarah Cowburn (Leander Club/Redditch/01.02.89)/
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Pair – two boats
Karl Hudspith (Oxford Uni BC/Twickenham/31.03.88)/
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)
Coach: Sean Bowden
Ertan Hazine (Univ of London BC/Maidenhead/01.08.91)
James Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/02.07.92)/
Coach: Brian Young
Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Inverness/16.10.85)/
Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)/
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)/
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)
Coach: Christian Felkel
Eight – two boats
Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/05.06.90)/
Dan Ritchie (Leander Club/Herne Bay/16.01.87)/
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Cambridge/16.09.85)/
James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)/
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)/
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)/
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)/
Andrew Triggs Hodge (Molesey BC/Hebden/03.03.79)/
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler
Nick Middleton (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/12.08.88)/
James Edwards (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/26.09.91)/
Colin Williamson (Molesey BC/Perth/03.04.83)/
Philip Congdon (Molesey BC/East Molesey/06.06.89)/
Matthew Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)/
John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)/
Mason Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)/
Lance Tredell (Leander Club/Hale/25.10.88)/
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Cambridge Univ BC/Barnes/25.11.88)
Coach: Rob Dauncey
Single scull – two boats
Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School/Coleraine/09.05.83)
Coach: John West
Jonathan Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
Coach: Paul Stannard
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)/
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)/
Charles Cousins (Leander Club/Willingham/13.12.88)/
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard
Ruth Walczak (Molesey BC/Rochdale/15.09.88)
Coach: Paul Reedy
Double scull – two boats
Brianna Stubbs (Wallingford RC/Headington/13.07.91)/
Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC/Olney/16.05.91)
Coach: Peter Sheppard
Pair – two boats
Matthew Bedford (Univ of London BC/Maidenhead/21.01.91)/
Wilf Kimberley (Imperial College BC/London/15.07.92)
Coach: Brian Young
William Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)/
Adam Freeman-Pask (Reading Univ BC/Windsor/19.06.85)/
Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)/
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan
Single scull – two boats
Arms-shoulders single scull – two boats
Andrew Houghton (Maidenhead RC/Newbury/06.04.81)
Coach: Tom Dyson
Legs-trunk-arms mixed coxed four
Pamela Relph (Leander Club/Aylesbury/14.11.89)/
Naomi Riches (Marlow RC/Harrow/15.06.83)/
James Fox (Univ of London BC/Peterborough/02.05.92)/
Oliver Hester (Henley RC/Henley-on-Thames/18.02.90)/
Oliver James (cox) (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/05.10.90)
Coach: Mary McLachlan
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UK Sport is the nation’s high performance sports agency and invested £313million of National Lottery and Government money in preparing the British Olympic and Paralympic team for London 2012 where they achieved incredible success winning 65 and 120 medals respectively
Its Gold Event Series will invest £27million of National Lottery funding to support the bidding and staging costs of major sporting events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Events are supported to build on the wonderful success of London 2012 through their likely performance impact, but also to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits.
The Gold Event Series will aim to bring over 70 of the world’s most prestigious sporting events to the UK, including 36 World and European Championships. This ambitious programme will support British athletes’ preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, while generating approximately £287 million of additional expenditure in host cities and regions and bringing over 250,000 overseas visitors to the UK. Events already secured include the 2017 World Athletics and IPC Athletics Championships to be staged in the London Olympic Stadium and the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.