Men’s four and women’s pair stand out in Serbia

Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Mohamed Sbihi and Alex Gregory are European men’s four champions – a title they won with a blistering performance in Belgrade this afternoon.

“It was a fantastic start to the season”, said Nash.

Helen Glover and Polly Swann added the European title to their World gold of 2013 in the women’s pair in a similar style.

Both crews set European Championships best times and were the stand-out performers of the day for the GB Rowing Team.

Glover, who is also Olympic Champion, in this event said: “I think we got off to a normal start for us but the others probably went out harder than normal and paid a bit for it later”.

There were also well-fought silvers from the men’s quadruple scull, lightweight men’s four and lightweight men’s pair against world-rated opposition.

In an exciting tail-end to the Championships’ finals day, the GB Rowing Team women’s eight nailed a strong performance to take silver behind the much-fancied Romanians but ahead of Germany and the Netherlands.

“There were so many good performances across the boat today”, said Olympian Jess Eddie. “And some very composed and consistent performances from newcomers”.

The new men’s eight combination closed out the event with bronze behind Olympic Champions Germany and a strong Russian line-up in an exciting final race.

Earlier Olympic champion Kat Copeland also won a bronze on her return to racing. since 2012, with Imogen Walsh in the lightweight women’s double scull.

“The good thing is that the main part of the race has gone well. The sprints at the start and the finish will come”, said Copeland.

The men’s single and double scull and lightweight men’s single scull were all sixth, the women’s quad were fifth and the men’s pair of Alan Sinclair and Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell came very close to the podium with an agonising fourth place by just under two-tenths of a second.

Newcomer Charlotte Taylor put in a strong debut performance here with a fourth-place finish in the lightweight women’s single scull.

“The strongest thing is how our team has progressed through the championships. We came here needing a bit of a spring clean and I think the rowers have stepped up wonderfully taking some medals that didn’t seem to be quite there on Friday” said GB Rowing Team Performance Director, Sir David Tanner.

“We can now go away and be pleased with our first significant European challenge. Well done, too, to our Serbian hosts who have organised an excellent event”, he added.

GB’s next international outing will be at the World Cup in Aiguebelette from 20-22 June.

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RACE REPORTS

Sam Scrimgeour and Jonno Clegg were drawn in lane 5 of today’s final of the lightweight men’s pair alongside the reigning European champions Simon Niepmann and Lucas Tramer of Switzerland who set a European best time in the semi-finals here to take that honour away from the British duo who held that accolade the day before.

In the opening 500m of today’s final the British duo went out with guns blazing and built an early lead. The Swiss were the main rivals and the British boat was asking questions of them and the Dutch who were trying to close the gap as the race moved through halfway.

At 1500m the British boat still had half a length over the Swiss who must have heard the cowbells ringing in the grandstands as they picked up the pace and attacked to go into the lead.

In the final 25 strokes, the GB boat responded but fell short by a canvas. On the far side the Dutch also put in a storming finish but couldn’t quite catch Scrimgeour and Clegg who finished second in 6:30.32.

“We got out in front and tried to hang on”, said Clegg.

“It was such a close race in that last 250m and we always felt we were in touch. I guess it was only in the last five strokes that we probably realised we weren’t going to do it”, said Scrimgeour. “But that wasn’t a bad result as we have had minimal time together in the boat”.

Adam Freeman Pask, in the lightweight men’s single scull, reached today’s final with a gutsy, third-placed semi-final performance. Today, drawn in lane six, he put in a decent first 500m and was lying second at the first timing point. In the next 250m Freeman Pask looked to be struggling to maintain the same pace as the leaders and slipped back to eventually finish fifth in 7:00.93 in a race won by Pedro Fraga of Portugal in 6:51.72

Whilst Freeman-Pask has a few years experience at this level, Charlotte Taylor is a newcomer to the senior ranks of the GB Rowing Team. She won her semi-final to qualify for today’s final of the lightweight single scull and faced the reigning European Champion, Aikaterini Nikolaidou of Greece as well as the German and Belgian scullers with whom she closely contested her semi.

Nikolaidou made the early running and was leading the race at halfway tracked by Taylor and Loenie Pless of Germany. In a tight race, the German had moved into second place at 1500m gone with Marie-Anne Frenken of Holland also threatening.

At the line Greece were the clear winners with Holland second and Germany squeezed Taylor out of the podium slots.

John Collins and Jonny Walton are the new-look GB double scull. The duo have had a roller-coaster experience so far in this event, qualifying through their heat and semi with close calls. Hans Gruhne and Stephan Krueger of Germany started favourites for this event, having set a European best time in the earlier rounds.

In a race contested at close quarters it was the Azerbaijani boat in lane one that reached the 500m mark and halfway first with Germany surging up from the middle of the course to challenge soon after halfway. The British duo were trailing in lane six.

It was all change at the 1500m timing point as Lithuania took up the lead . Germany were trying to row them down, but the LIthuanians moved out to a length lead and weren’t caught. Azerbaijan held off Germany to take silver and the British boat came home sixth.

Alan Sinclair and Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell were drawn in lane six of their final – right next door to local heroes Veselin Savic and Dusan Bogicevic who were the title holders and who would be racing on home waters on the Sava Lake which around which a funky urban beach environment has been created for Belgrade’s 1.6 million inhabitants.

The British duo got off to a good start and were in contention with 500m gone. As a hazy sunshine broke through the clouds the GB boat moved up into fifth in a race, to the delight of the home crowd, being led by Savic and Bogievic.

Sinclair and Reilly O’Donnell had now moved up to fourth place and were challenging strongly for third with the Germans. With five strokes to go it looked as if the British combination might get there but fell short by just over two tenths of a second. Holland took silver.

Imogen Walsh and Kat Copeland were next up for GB in the lightweight women’s double scull final. Copeland’s re-entry to the sport has been smooth and to reach a European final after a year’s lay-off was an achievement of itself. Walsh comes into this season having been a World finalist with Kathryn Twyman.

Today, drawn in lane two, they had the European Champions Laura Milani and Elizabetta Sancassani on their inside.

The British duo did not get a strong start but, as per the pattern of their previous races, came back strongly as the contest moved towards the halfway point. They moved up from fourth to third. Germany had a strong lead but faced a three-boat attack behind them.

Italy began to show their pace and moved up to second before powering through the Germans who still had enough left to hold off Britain at the line who took bronze in 6:55.77.

“The good thing is that the main bulk of the race was ok today and the sprints at the start and the finish will come eventually”, said Copeland.

“I think that’s a good start. I’m not elated about it but I’m not devastated either”, said Walsh.

Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Andrew Triggs Hodge had made an impact on this event before the final by setting a Championships best in the heats. Having been part of GB’s World Champion men’s eight last year, this is a relatively new project.

In today’s final they were drawn in lane three with Greece and Italy on either side.

Greece have three of the four rowers here who were London 2012 finalists so were considered the main rivals.

By 500m gone the British boat was already in a storming lead. Barring anything bizarre, nothing looked like stopping their progress to gold. At 1500m way ahead and continued to pile on the pressure to the line to win by a significant clear-water margin in 5:46.86 – another European Championships best.

“It’s a fantastic way to start the season”, said Nash. We’ve been doing some really good times in training so we felt relatively strong coming here”.

Hodge added: “We have a lot of power in that boat and we’ve been working on harnessing that technically”.

Gregory said: “It’s really exciting. I am really enjoying racing with these guys and being a part of this”.

Sbihi said: “It’s a good feeling and it was great to have executed our plan so well today”.

Ekaterina Karsten, the much medalled doyen of women’s sculling, was in the bow seat of the Belarussian quad that lined up today in lane four next to the GB quartet of Beth Rodford, Lucinda Gooderham, Victoria Meyer-Laker and Kristina Stiller. Karsten’s crew had set a Championships best here already.

The British were unable to stamp their mark on the opening sequence of this race and eventually won the battle with the Ukraine for fifth place. Germany were the early leaders but were overhauled in the end by Belarus who won in 6:14.64. Poland took the bronze.

Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert came into today’s final as World bronze medallists in the men’s quad but after a diffident heat which saw them needing to qualify via yesterday’s repechage which they won.

Drawn in lane two the British quartet had the Ukraine European Championships “best-time” holders and European Champions, Germany, on their far side. Germany’s boat here has two of the men who took the 2013 European title in it.

Early in the race the British combination were settled into a fourth place from which they could challenge the rest of the field. But it was the final 500m that brought everyone to the edge of their seat. Ukraine looked until then like clear winners but the GB boat battled back and looked like challenging for gold at one stage before being edged into silver with Germany in bronze.

Thomas said: “Not quite perfect but a really good start”.

Charles Cousins added: “I am really pleased with that. You can’t knock it. We were in the medals and up the front. It would have been nice to have won it but that’s how it goes”.

Lambert said: “It’s really exciting and it was a great race. This boat class has moved on even since the Worlds last year. All credit to Ukraine with what’s happening in their country for them to come out here and do that was amazing”.

Townsend said: “The manner of the race was like the difference between chalk and cheese to our heat. We stepped up and put ourselves on the front foot”.

Helen Glover and Polly Swann are World Champions in the women’s pair. Today they went to the start to see if they could add a European title to their trophy cabinet. Having set a European Champs best time in winning their heat they were the pre-race favourites.

From lane three they started modestly and kept a weather eye on Romanians Cristina Grigoras and Laura Oprea with Grigorias having been in the Romanian boat which won the title a year ago in Seville.

From 750m gone they seemed to open the after-burners and powered to a convincing win in 7:03.62, lowering the Championships best time again and almost a full five seconds ahead of the Romanians.

“Actually that was a normal start for us. I think the others went off hard and then they paid for it after two minutes because we stayed the same speed and they dropped off”, said Glover afterwards.

“You are always nervous at the beginning of the season. It’s the beginning of the season and it’s good to get a win under our belts”, said Swann.

Poland, drawn next to Frances Houghton and Victoria Thornley who were in lane two, looked the form crew in the women’s double scull judging by the heat results. Lithuania, in lane four, won this event a year ago.

This race turned, in the second half, into a battle for gold between Poland and Lithuania with the former holding on by a few tenths from the latter.

Behind them, the GB duo were unable to match the pace of the leaders and finished fifth in 6:20.37. For a large part of the second half they looked likely at times to push past Germany into fourth but never quite found the speed that was needed. Poland won the bronze.

After a searing performance in the heats, the GB Rowing Team lightweight men’s four of Mark Aldred and the three 2012 silver medallists Richard and Peter Chambers and Chris Bartley, were amongst the title favourites on the start line of today’s final.

Denmark, drawn next to them, started, though, as European Champions and Championships’ best time holders. As usual in this event, a feast of fast and close racing looked in store.

By halfway, and with the heavens having opened on them, it was clear that this was to be a three-way tussle between Denmark – early and strong pace-setters – Great Britain and France.

The British quartet were holding the sliver medal position at the 1k mark. France were clearly going to make it hard to stay there. Denmark looked untouchable and held on to win by three-quarters of a length in 6:08.81 whilst the GB boat stamped its authority in the final 25 strokes over France to take silver in 6:10.97.

Peter Chambers said: “That wasn’t too bad for our first attempt together. Good start to the racing season. Got a fight on our hands towards the next world cup”.

Aldred added: “There is a sense of disappointment as we would have liked to beat the Danes. However, we have some things to wok on”.

Bartley said: “We got right into a strong rhythm and did our plan well but we needed to be a bit quicker off the start”.

Think of women’s eight racing and it’s an assumption that Romania are going to be strong. At this event they are the reigning champions and today were drawn on the far side of the British boat in lane three.

Ro Bradbury, Olivia Carnegie Brown, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet, Jess Eddie, Zoe Lee, Caragh McMurtry, Louisa Reeve and cox Zoe de Toledo started really strongly.

“We got out of the blocks really well”, said de Toledo after the race. “And we were coming back on the Romanians at the end and that’s what we wanted to do”.

“We should not be settling for minor medals or placings, we should have belief”, said Eddie who praised rowers like Carnegie Brown, McMurtry and Lee who are still experiencing their first big contests.

“I feel that James Harris, our coach, has done a great job to create a strong atmosphere within the group and that makes a big difference. Rowers like Donna [Etiebet] put in such a composed performance with a lot of power”, said Greves.

Lee said: “It’s so exciting as we were coming through the last 250m and we could feel the momentum taking us away from Germany and the others, Jess [Eddie] yelled “belief” and that’s what it is all about. Feeling that momentum was so great”.

Etiebet said: “It’s been great. I know that everyone I work with back at home has been watching and they have all been so supportive”.

Olympic and world medallist Alan Campbell was drawn alongside his great friend and rival Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic in today’s final. Synek, the reigning Euroepean Champion, is known for his tactical nouse. Marcel Hacker of Germany, also a vastly experienced racer at this level would be a fierce competitor.

At the outset Campbell was well-positioned in third place behind Synek and Lithuania’s Mindaugas Griskonis. By halfway Hacker had come through to challenge and then overhaul Synek. Campbell, meanwhilee, had dropped back a slot to fourth and ultimately finished sixth in 7:02.92.

Synek bit back at Hacker and he moved into the lead in the final 500m to win in 6:54.95. Lithuania took the bronze.

Phelan Hill, the 2013 World Champion cox and 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner, Pete Reed and Will Satch are the most experienced members of the British eight that lined up on the start in Serbia today for the final race of the day.

They are joined in this new-look combination by Scott Durant, Oliver Cook, Phil Congdon ,Matt Gotrel, Mat Tarrant and James Foad – the latter an Olympic bronze medallist, too.

Germany are the Olympic Champions in this event but lost their World title to GB last year. The 2014 GB boat has a very different line-up, therefore not permitting any comparisons.

Germany were out front in the early stages but were being very strongly pushed by Russia. Great Britain and Poland were challenging each other for third behind the leaders.

The British boat, on the far side, put in a push and moved up into the bronze medal position at 1500m and then a tight finish seemed in store. The race didn’t disappoint.

Poland came into the frame again with a fast finish but that wasn’t quite enough to catch GB who took bronze by a whisker. Gold to Germany and silver to Russia.

Jamie Kirkwood and Will Fletcher raced in the morning’s B finals of the lightweight men’s double scull and finished third in a race won by Greece with Poland second.

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RESULTS
(Events featuring GB crews only. Full results: www.worldrowing.com.

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair – Final A

1. Helen Glover/Polly Swann (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:03.62
2. Cristina Grigoras/Laura Oprea (Romania) 7:08.52
3. Aletta Jorritsma/Heleen Boers (Netherlands) 7:10.56
4. Leonora Kennedy/Lisa Dilleen (Ireland) 7:12.42
5. Sonja Keserac/Maja Anic (Croatia) 7:23.66

Eight – Final A

1. Romania 6:16.64
2. Rosamund Bradbury/Olivia Carnegie-Brown/Katie Greves/Donna Etiebet/Jessica Eddie/Zoe Lee/Caragh McMurtry/Louisa Reeve/Zoe de Toledo (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:18.32
3. Germany 6:19.97
4. Netherlands 6:21.52
5. Ukraine 6:27.47
6. France 6:32.49

Double scull – Final A

1. Magdalena Fularczyk/Natalia Madaj (Poland) 6:52.15
2. Donata Vistartaite/Milda Valciukaite (Lithuania) 6:52.59
3. Nicole Beukers/Inge Janssen (Netherlands) 6:56.60
4. Lisa Schmidla/Carina Baer (Germany) 6:59.46
5. Frances Houghton/Victoria Thornley (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:59.85

Quadruple scull – Final A

1. Tatsiana Kukhta/Yuliya Bichyk/Ekaterina Karsten/Katsiaryna Shliupskaya (Belarus) 6:14.64
2. Julia Lier/Julia Richter/Marie-Catherine Arnold/Mareike Adams (Germany) 6:15.38
3. Maria Springwald/Joanna Dittmann/Agnieszka Kobus/Monika Ciaciuch (Poland) 6:17.81
4. Claudia Belderbos/Carline Bouw/Olivia van Rooijen/Elisabeth Hogerwerf (Netherlands0 6:20.18
5. Lucinda Gooderham/Victoria Meyer-Laker/Beth Rodford/Kristina Stiller (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:20.37
6. Olena Buryak/Svitlana Novichenko/Diana Dymchenko/Anna Kontseva (Ukraine) 6:23.03

OPEN

MEN

Pair – Final A

1. Veselin Savic/Dusan Bogicevic (Serbia) 6:21.75
2. Rogier Blink/Mitchel Steenman (Netherlands) 6:21.99
3. Bastian Bechler/Anton Braun (Germany) 6:24.71
4. Alan Sinclair/Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:24.92
5. Marco Di Contsanzo/Matteo Castaldo (Italy) 6:27.82
6. Alexander Sigurbjonsson Benet/Pau Vela Maggi (Spain) 6:32.34

Four – Final A

1. Alex Gregory/Mohamed Sbihi/George Nash/Andrew Triggs Hodge (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:46.86
2. Dionysios Angelopoulos/Georgios Tziallas/Ioannis Tsilis/Ioannis Christou (Greece) 5:51.02
3. Paolo Perino/Giovanni Abagnale/Cesare Gabbia/Giuseppe Vicino (Italy) 5:51.72
4. Olivier Siegelaar/Mechiel Versluis/Boaz Meylink/Robert Luecken (Netherlands) 5:53.23
5. Bjoern Birkner/Maximilian Munski/Toni Seifert/Kristof Wilke (Germany) 5:56.98
6. Dmitrii Golovin/Rostislav Drozhzhachikh/Alexander Kornilov/Daniil Andrienko (Russia) 6:00.51

Eight – Final A

1. Germany 5:33.95
2. Russia 5:34.99
3. Phil Congdon/Oliver Cook/Matthew Gotrel/Pete Reed/William Satch/Matthew Tarrant/Scott Durant/James Foad/Phelan Hill (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:35.56
4. Poland 5:35.63
5. France 5:41.34
6. Belarus 5:46.25

Single scull – Final A

1. Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic) 6:54.95
2. Marcel Hacker (Germany) 6:56.12
3. Mindaugas Griskonis (Lithuania) 7:00.33
4. Stanislau Shcharbachenia (Belarus) 7:01.66
5. Hannes Obreno (Belgium) 7:02.61
6. Alan Campbell (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:02.92

Double scull – Final A

1. Rolandas Mascinskas/Saulius Ritter (Lithuania) 6:08.82
2. Aleksandar Aleksandrov/Boris Yotov (Azerbaijan) 6:09.36
3. Hans Gruhne/Stephan Krueger (Germany) 6:10.09
4. Nils Jakob Hoff/Kjetil Borch (Norway) 6:11.58
5. Thijs van Luijk/Dirk Uittenbogaard (Netherlands) 6:13.70
6. John Collins/Jonathan Walton (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:19.40

Quadruple scull – Final A

1. Artem Morozov/Olexandr Nadtoka/Dmytro Mikhay/Ivan Dovgodko (Ukraine) 5:41.92
2. Sam Townsend/Charles Cousins/Graeme Thomas/Peter Lambert (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:42.19
3. Kai Fuhrmann/Philipp Wende/Karl Schulze/Tim Grohmann (Germany) 5:42.83
4. Denis Kleshnev/Viacheslav Mikhaylevskiy/Vladislav Ryabcev/Sergey Fedorovtsev (Russia) 5:43.05
5. Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk/Dariusz Radosz/Dawid Grabowski/Piotr Licznerski (Poland) 5:47.94
6. Allar Raja/Sten-Erik Anderson/Kaur Kuslap/Kaspar Taimsoo (Estonia) 5:48.09

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WOMEN

Single scull – Final A

1. Aikaterini Nikolaidou (Greece) 7:33.12
2. Marie-Anne Frenken (Netherlands) 7:34.95
3. Leonie Pless (Germany) 7:35.86
4. Charlotte Taylor (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:37.24
5. Eveline Peleman (Belgium) 7:28.90
6. Dorottya Bene (Hungary) 7:39.31

Double scull – Final A

1. Laura Milani/Elisabetta Sancassani (Italy) 6:54.85
2. Lena Meuller/Anja Noske (Germany) 6:55.56
3. Imogen Walsh/Katherine Copeland (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:55.77
4. Cecilia Lilja/Emma Fredh (Sweden) 6:59.78
5. Elisabeth Woerner/Maaike Head (Netherlands) 7:00.52
6. Joanna Dorociak/Weronika Deresz (Poland) 7:01.96

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair – Final A

1. Simon Niepmann/Lucas Tramer (Switzerland) 6:29.57
2. Sam Scrimgeour/Jonathan Clegg (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:30.32
3. Tim Weerkamp/Ivo de Graaf (Netherlands) 6:30.49
4. Clement Duret/Theophile Onfroy (France) 6:33.93
5. Torben Neumann/Can Temel (Germany) 6:33.97
6. Stefano Oppo/Paolo di Girolamo (Italy) 6:34.55

Four – Final A

1. Jacob Larsen/Jacob Barsoe/Kasper Winther/Morten Joergensen (Denmark) 6:08.81
2. Mark Aldred/Peter Chambers/Richard Chambers/Chris Bartley (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:10.97
3. Thomas Baroukh/Franck Solforosi/Augustin Mouterde/Guillaume Raineau (France) 6:12.81
4. Jesus Gonzalez Alvarez/Marc Franquet Montfort/Sergio Perez Moreno/Patricio Rojas Aznar (Spain) 6:18.04
5. Lars Wichert/Matthias Arnold/Jonathan Koch/Julius Peschel (Germany) 6:19.29
6. David Kaminski/Adam Sobczak/Patryk Pszczolkowski/Bartosz Pszczolkowski (Poland) 6:27.36

Single scull – Final A

1. Pedro Fraga (Portugal) 6:51.72
2. Marcello Miani (Italy) 6:54.42
3. Michael Schmid (Switzerland) 6:56.44
4. Andrej Bendtsen (Denmark) 6:57.85
5. Adam Freeman-Pask (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:00.93
6. Daniel Lawitzke (Germany) 7:01.68

Double scull – Final B

1. Eleftherios Konsolas/Spyridon Giannaros (Greece) 6:17.90
2. Artur Mikolajczewski/Milosz Jankowski (Poland) 6:18.31
3. William Fletcher/Jamie Kirkwood (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:20.20
4. Jan Vetesnik/Ondrej Vetesnik (Czech Republic) 6:21.47
5. Peter Galambos/Gabor Csepregi (Hungary) 6:23.81
6. Paul Sieber/Bernhard Sieber (Austria) 6:31.86

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CREW LISTS

CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)
GB Rowing Team for the 2014 European Championships,
Belgrade, 30 May – 1 June.

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.1986)
Polly Swann (Leander Club/Edinburgh/15.06.1988)
Coaches: Paul Thompson & Robin Williams

Eight

Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.1988)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.1991)
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.1984)
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial BC/London/29.04.1986)
Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.1982)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond, N. Yorks/15.12.1985)
Caragh McMurty (Reading Univ BC/Southampton/22.08.1991)
Louisa Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.1984)
Zoe de Toledo (cox) (Leander Club/London/17.07.1987)
Coach: James Harris

Double scull

Frances Houghton (Leander Club/Oxford/19.09.1980)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.1987)
Coaches: Paul Thompson & Robin Williams

Quadruple scull

Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.1982)
Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Norfolk/09.06.1984)
Victoria Meyer-Laker (Leander Club/Premnay/18.03.1988)
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.1987)
Coach: Nick Strange

SPARE

Monica Relph (Leander Club/Cambridge/15.01.1988)

OPEN

MEN

Pair

Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Inverness/16.10.1985)
Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.1988)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Four

Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.1984)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.1988)
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/10.02.1989)
Andrew Triggs Hodge (Molesey BC/Hebden, N. Yorks/03.03.1979)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler

Eight

Phil Congdon (Molesey BC/Bury St Edmunds/06.06.1989)
Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/05.06.1990)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.1988)
James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.1987)
Matthew Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.1989)
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth, Glos/27.07.1981)
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.1989)
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.1990)
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.1979)
Coach: Christian Felkel

Single scull

Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School/Coleraine/09.05.1983)
Coach: John West

Double scull

John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.1989)
Jonathan Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.1990)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple scull

Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.1988)
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.1985)
Charles Cousins (Leander Club/Willingham/13.12.1988)
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/03.12.1986)
Coach: Paul Stannard

SPARE

Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.1983)

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Single scull

Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.1985)
Coach: Tom Evens

Double scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.1984)
Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ashington/01.12.1990)
Coach: Paul Reedy

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair

Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.1989)
Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Forfar/28.01.1988)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Four

Mark Aldred (London RC/London/18.04.1987)
Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.1990)
Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.1985)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.1984)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Single scull

Adam Freeman-Pask (Reading Univ BC/Windsor/19.06.1985)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Double scull

William Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.1989)
Jamie Kirkwood (Leander Club/Creswell/30.08.1989)
Coach: Darren Whiter

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GB MEDALLISTS 2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The GB Rowing Team last competed at the European Championships when a squad of, then, development rowers took five medals:

Silver

Women’s pair: Caragh McMurtry and Olivia Carnegie Brown

Lightweight men’s four: Adam Freeman-Pask, Jonno Clegg, Sam Scrimgeour/Will Fletcher

Bronze

Lightweight women’s double scull – Imogen Walsh/Ruth Walczak

Lightweight men’s double scull – Chris Boddy/Mikey Mottram

Women’s eight – Leonora Kennedy/Claire McKeown, Monica Relph, Victoria Meyer-Laker/Yasmin Tredell/Zoe Lee/Caragh McMurtry/Olivia Carnegie Brown/Zoe de Toledo

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