GB Rowing Team name Olympic athletes of the Year

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Olympic and World Champions Pete Reed and Helen Glover tonight received the BOA Trophy as Olympic athletes of 2014 during the GB Rowing Team Dinner at Twickenham.

In the same ceremony, Jess Leyden and Jack Beaumont were presented with Mark Lees Awards as the most promising U23 female and male rowers of the year.

The Awards were presented by World Rowing (FISA) President Jean-Christophe Rolland.

Both Reed and Glover have had an interesting pathway to tonight’s Awards. Reed had a challenging year because of illness but came back to play a big part in the men’s eight gold at the World Championships, helping GB successfully defend the title that was won for the first time in history in 2013.

Glover won European gold with Polly Swann before going on to win World Championships gold in August with her Olympic partner Heather Stanning, the crew smashing the 12 year-old World Best Time in the process.

Leyden followed up her 2013 World Junior Championships single scull title – Britain’s first in this event – with a remarkable fourth-placed finish in the World U23 Championships in her debut season at that level.

Beaumont, with Angus Groom, took World U23 Championships bronze in the double scull and started his season by winning a place in the final of the men’s single scull at the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, amongst a field of Olympians.

Sir David Tanner GB Rowing Team Performance Driector said: “It’s great that we have been able to combine our most promising young athletes who are starting their pathway towards future Olympics with two outstanding World and Olympic Champions.

“With such a successful year for the GB Rowing Team it was a very tough choice so congratulations to all the recipients”.

The senior GB Rowing Team squads depart for training camps on Monday and tonight’s dinner was an opportunity to relax and celebrate the achievements of the year.

Boston, Lincolnshire, will play host to the next significant marker in the winter’s training with a 5km Assessment due there on December 20th.

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