Olympic Champion joins London Youth Rowing

Olympic gold and silver medallist Mark Hunter has joined London Youth Rowing, beginning work in early February to further develop the sport in east London. 

Mark was born in Newham, just a stone’s throw from the London Regatta Centre, and he will be heavily involved in several large-scale projects to increase participation in London’s more deprived boroughs. He relishes the chance to ensure that the docks and waterways on which he learnt to row provide similar opportunities for all young Londoners.

Mark will also be working with the LYR rowing coaches based in its five affiliated clubs across London. He will be able to offer valuable support and technical advice as well as mentor-coaching some of the many young people that LYR works with every year.

Matt Rostron, Managing Director of LYR said: “We have worked with Mark for several years now and have always been very aware of how well matched the stories of LYR and Mark are. After discussing what we both wanted to achieve in the sport of rowing, it became clear that there were several areas where we were keen to work together. We are thrilled that Mark is coming to work with us full time – it’s a real display of the progress that London Youth Rowing has made – and it also signals our ambitions for the future”.

Mark added: “LYR is an organisation that delivers time and time again. I love what they do and wanted to play my part. I am passionate about providing opportunities for young people – to be able to give them the chance to find a sport that is right for them. I was lucky to have found my sport but I know for many people it’s not always that easy. To be able to work for LYR and give young athletes the chance to try rowing in east London, where I started, is very cool. I can’t wait to get going!”

London Youth Rowing, British Rowing and The Boat Race Company are co-hosting the 2014 National Junior Rowing Championships in March. Find out more at www.londonyouthrowing.com/njirc.