GB Rowing Team women’s crews for World Junior Championships have been named

The GB Rowing Team’s junior women will get a taste of the 2012 venue ahead of their heroes from the sport after being announced today in the squad to compete at the World Rowing Junior Championships at Eton-Dorney from August 4-7.

The junior Championships doubles as a test event for London 2012 and the GB Rowing Team has today named a four and quadruple scull.

Amber De Vere, Anastasia Chitty, Elizabeth Horne and Nicole Lamb will race the four whilst Katie Bartlett, Jessica Leyden, Klara Weaver and Lucy Burgess will compete in the quadruple scull.

The two female crews come from as far apart as Durham and Dorset. GB Rowing Team will announce the junior men’s crews for the event in another two weeks’ time after further testing and trialling.

The event is certain to give them valuable experience, racing against the best in the world in their age group.

Richard Boulton, the GB Rowing Team Lead Coach for Juniors, who has been coaching junior GB crews for the past  seven years, said: “Five of  the eight girls are juniors again next year so it is a good chance for a step up. It will be great experience for them all.”

Chairman of the WRJC, Ben Hunt-Davis, who won gold for GB at the 2000 Olympics in the men’s eight, said nearly 1,000 athletes and officials from 46 countries have confirmed their attendance at the WRJC and are being accommodated at and around the venue.

“It is shaping up really well,” he said. “We’re going to have spectators on both sides of the lake so there should be a stadium-like atmosphere.

“There will also be retail areas, the River and Rowing Museum are putting on an exhibition and British Rowing will have a ‘try rowing’ experience stand to encourage spectators to get into rowing.
 
“It should make for a great experience.”

The championships are rowing’s official test event for the London  Olympics, with the Eton Dorney Lake venue being put through its aces and assessed by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

“The accommodation and the transport are as it will be for the Olympics, as well as the technology, marshalls and the on-water staff,” said Hunt- Davis.

The senior GB Rowing Team, sponsored by Siemens and Lottery funded, will announce its squad on July 19 for the senior World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, at the end of August – which double as qualifying for London 2012.

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GB ROWING JUNIOR TEAM CREW-LIST
(Name/Club/Home town/Date of birth)
2011World Rowing Junior Championships, Eton Dorney Lake
August 3-7, 2011
(Listed bow to stroke)

WOMEN

Four

Anastasia Chitty (Canford School/Canford, Dorset/07.12.93)/
Amber de Vere (Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School/Marlow, Bucks/02.05.94)/
Elizabeth Horne (Lady Eleanor Holles School/London/14.04.95)/
Nicole Lamb (Durham School/Hexham, Northumberland/20.01.93)

Coach: Frances Fletcher – Lady Eleanor Holles School

Quadruple Scull

Katie Bartlett (Nottingham RC/Aspley, Nottingham/02.02.94)/
Jessica Leyden (Hollingworth Lake RC/Todmorden, W.Yorkshire/
22.02.95)/
Klara Weaver (Latymer School/London/10.03.93)/
Lucy Burgess (Runcorn RC/Runcorn/27.04.94)

Coach: Richard Boulton – GB Rowing Team
   
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Lead Coach: Richard Boulton, GB Rowing Team
Asst. Lead Coach: Paul Stannard, GB Rowing Team
Team Manager: John Layng, Emanuel School
Equipment Manager:  Bret King, GB Rowing Team
Doctor: Lucy Free
Physio: Rachel Burr

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PROVISIONAL WRJC SCHEDULE (Entries close on 25 July 2011)

Wednesday 3 August
Heats  1700-1815

Thursday 4 August
Heats & Repechages 0930-1330

Friday 5 August
Repechages & Quarter Finals 1000-1230

Saturday 6 August
Semi Finals & Finals  1000-1600

Sunday 7 August
Finals & Closing Ceremony  0930-1530

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