High five says it all for GB Rowing Team at Varese World Cup

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A little high five as they came into the medal raft showed how much today’s World Cup win mattered to Olympic Champion Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor as they got the got the better of World Champions, New Zealand, in a thrilling finish to the lightweight women’s double final in Varese, Italy.

Copeland paid tribute to her 2015 partner Taylor. “It’s great to have Charlie behind me. She is so strong and I feel like she is almost pushing me along at times”. The duo set a new world best time in qualifying for today’s final.

Theirs was the second of four golds and eight medals won by a strong GB Rowing Team squad, from which 13 boats contested 12 finals today here and which followed para-rowing gold and bronze for the mixed coxed four and Tom Aggar respectively yesterday.

Earlier Olympic, World and European Champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning were also winners in the women’s pair against a much-strengthened field since the Europeans Championships three weeks ago in Poznan, Poland.

“It was tougher than the Europeans but that’s what we expected. We need tough races to challenge us”, said Stanning of the win over the USA and New Zealand.

Angus Groom, Sam Townsend, Graeme Thomas and Peter Lambert followed up with an eye-catching gold in the men’s quadruple scull. Groom was the substitute in a crew that would normally feature the injured Charles Cousins. Today’s combination paced the race to perfection to hit the front when it mattered.

“It’s just awesome”, said newcomer Groom. “It was just really, really high quality.

The men’s eight provided a spectacular finale by taking gold in the last race of today beating the Olympic Champions, Germany, and overturning the result between the two nations three weeks ago at the European Championships.

Cox Henry Fieldman said: “We are very, very pleased with that. Winning is always good, especially against competition as tough as Germany and the US.”

European silver medallists Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher added bronze in the lightweight men’s double and a dramatic last 100m charge brought bronze to Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger and Vicky Thornley in the open women’s double scull.

“We knew it would be tough as all the semi-final times were so close. We have made great progress as we are still a new crew. So it was a fantastic bronze today and it’s a long time since I’ve had that kind of fierce racing”, said Grainger.

Great Britain’s women’s eight added a bronze to the tally late in the afternoon in a performance which underlines the progress they have made in the few weeks since the Europeans – including the pace to trouble the reigning World and Olympic Champions in their heat.

There was a silver medal for the light men’s pair of Jono Clegg and Sam Scrimgeour and fourth places for the light men’s four and second-ranked lightweight women’s double scull. The men’s pair came home sixth and the men’s four and Alan Campbell were fifth.

Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director said: “We have had some exceptional performances today – four outstanding gold medals and eight medals overall. This has been another good step on our path to the Olympic qualifying regatta later in the summer.

“Our para-rowing crews yesterday also showed our strong level towards their own Games qualification in September.

“Well done to all our athletes and their coaches over the weekend”.

GB crews will next be in World Cup action in Lucerne, Switzerland, from July 10-12th. Many crews will also take part in Henley Royal Regatta from 1-5 July.

The GB para-rowers will next compete internationally at the World Championships in early September in France – an event which doubles as the Paralympic Games qualifying regatta.

Televised highlights of today’s world cup racing will be shown tomorrow (Monday) from 13.45 – 15.15 on BBC 2.

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RACE REPORTS
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, the Olympic, World and European Champions, were sandwiched between two pedigree American crews in today’s final.

Megan Kalmoe and Kelly Simmonds, in the second-ranked American boat, were World silver medallists behind the British duo in Amsterdam last year. Eleanor Logan, racing with Felice Mueller, in the top-ranked American boat is a reigning World and Olympic Champion in the women’s eight. Out in lane 6 were New Zealand, the reigning World U23 Champions of Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler.

Early in today’s race Great Britain, coached by Robin Williams, and the New Zealanders were the first to show and Glover and Stanning moved to a half-length lead. At 500m gone, Glover and Stanning had worked to create a lead of just over half a second and then extended that to almost a length by halfway. They had not shaken off the New Zealanders though who were matching the British boat’s speed. The second-ranked American boat was in third and moving up into contention.

With 250m to go the USA were still making ground and were within half a boat length of the Olympic and World Champions. New Zealand had dropped back to third. Any doubt of a Glover-Stanning victory was then stamped out as they put on a push and moved back out from the field to win in 6:53.67. Silver to the US, bronze to New Zealand.

“It was good. We had a strong race – a bit like yesterday. It also good to get that consistency”, said Glover.

Mat Tarrant and Callum McBrierty were entered here as the second-ranked GB pair but, with the top boat out though injury, found themselves with lead billing and, what’s more, in the final which was already a strong achievement. Roel Braas and Mitchel Steenman of Holland, in the absence of the New Zealand World Champions, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, were the favourites.

The GB boat got a fabulous start and were leading at the 500m mark with Italy in second and the Dutch third. By halfway the Dutch boat had drawn level and then moved through the British duo bringing the Italians with them to push the GB boat into third spot. McBreirty and Tarrant, coached here by Phelan Hill, then ran out of beans somewhat and came home sixth in 6:33.52.

Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher the new-look 2015 GB Rowing Team lightweight men’s double scull, were drawn once more next door to the Stany Delayer and Jeremie Azou who won European gold ahead of the British duo in Poznan two weeks ago.

The two crews met in the semi-finals and the French stole a march early in the race. Today the GB boat were trading strokes with the French for the first 500m before the French got their bow-ball ahead – but only just. Less than two-tenths of a second separated them and the Italians Andrea Micheletti and Pietro Ruta were also pushing hard – so much so that nothing separated the GB and the host nation in equal second behind France at halfway.

As the French moved out further into the lead, the “Azzurri”, to the delight of the home spectators, snatched second with the GB boat still holding off the Americans. In the final 200m the Italians, roared on by the crowd, launched an attack on the French lead but ran out of time. Chambers and Fletcher dug deep to take the bronze in 6:13.52 to France’s winning time of 6:09.26 and Italy’s 6:11.75.

“We have improved massively in the last two weeks and it’s been good fun”, said Chambers. “Today was better than yesterday. A bit more of a fight. We are consistently in the running for the medals but we need to find that bit of extra speed to step up”.

Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor, the European Champions, were third to Germany and New Zealand for much of the first half of today’s final. New Zealand, the World Champions, moved into the lead at the halfway mark but the three boats were neck and neck. With 1350m gone the Germans faded a little,

Out front the New Zealanders clung to their lead as the British challenge came. Taylor and Copeland moved to within half a length with 250m to go and then stroke by stroke reeled the leaders back in to take them with perfect timing on the line. The win came in 6:53.78 to New Zealand’s 6:54.02. As the crews came into the medal landing stage, there was a moment for a big high five.

Behind them Walsh and Piggott, the second-ranked British boat, had also worked their way up through the field and were very close to the medal zone themselves. They were fourth in 6:59.21.

“I am really proud of us”, said Copleand. “The Europeans were great but some of the top, world crews weren’t there. Now we can be happy. I didn’t want to celebrate the world best time yesterday but now at least we one we will hold it for at least three weeks to Lucerne and the next world cup”.

Copeland was also delighted to put on a gold medal show with the BBC’s coverage being presented in her home club, Tees RC, today. “I’m so pleased. The BBC have travelled all that way up north and if I hadn’t done well that would have been a bit awkward”, she joked.

With ten strokes to go Taylor had made the call “we’ve really got to go for it now”. “We went for it an dI didn’t really know that we’d won until I saw Kat’s mum cheering in the stand”.

Alan Sinclair, Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, Tom Ransley and Scott Durant are the reigning European Champions. They came to today’s final via the repechage, having failed to find their best form so far. Italy and the USA were the fastest qualifiers. In lane six, the British quartet were holding third as the race went past the first timing point but were pushed back to fifth at the end.

Times have been somewhat turbulent for the GB men’s quad – World silver medallists in 2014 – this season so far. In Poznan they raced to a European bronze medal with Jack Beaumont in the bow seat as a replacement for Charles Cousins. Here they have Angus Groom as the “fourth man” as Cousins has broken a bone in his hand. Groom was a finalist in the single in Poznan.

Their coach Paul Stannard, always a calm influence, must have been pleased as punch with the way the boat qualified for today’s final by winning their heat outright on Friday. Here, the crew of Groom, Sam Townsend, Graeme Thomas and Peter Lambert, did not need to face the absent World Champions Ukraine, nor the Russians who won in Poznan so the main threats came from Germany, Australia and Canada.

The GB boat nailed a good start but Canada led the crews though the 500m with Germany also in close proximity. Canada continued to lead and built a bit of a cushion but the British quad stepped on the gas just before 1500m and not only got their nose in front but took a controlling lead. No-one was going to get through them from there. So it was gold to GB in 5:43.13 and silver to Germany in 5:44,27 as Canada ran out of steam to take bronze.

“It’s just awesome”, said the newcomer Groom. “It was just really, really high quality. We really dug deep and it felt like the rhythm of the boat was just wanted it to be”.

Lambert added: “We have had a few mishaps in terms of our combinations this season but this result, to get on the top step of the podium, is a credit to the entire sculling group as a whole”.

Townsend said: “All credit to Jack (Beaumont) and Angus who have fitted in seamlessly and it’s great to get the win today but it’s also credit to a whole group of people going back a few years including my old coach Mark Earnshaw and now our coach Paul Stannard for the past two years. I am proud of all those people and we should continue to name them and remember them”.

GB’s lightweight four has been reshuffled from the incarnation that finished fourth at the Europeans. 2012 silver medallist Peter Chambers has joined Mark Aldred and stroke Chris Bartley to take up position in the two-seat with Joel Cassells, his European light men’s pair gold medal crew-mate, at bow. Progress to today’s final was solid if not spectacular via a second place to Switzerland in the semi-finals. France and New Zealand were fastest in the opposing semi-final.

France were the early leaders until New Zealand came through with Switzerland. New Zealand powered on to win in 5:57.38 with the Swiss not far behind. The British quartet were still in contention as the crews came past the grandstands with an overlap on the French in third. They could not find that extra gear to make the podium and were fourth in 6:02.17.

Katherine Grainger, the reigning Olympic Champion, and her new partner Vicky Thornley were third in yesterday’s semi-final to qualify for the final today. In Poznan they won European bronze and began the journey of re-discovery for Grainger who took two years out of the sport post London 2012. Today would prove another tough test. In addition to the Poles Magdalena Fularczyk and Natalia Madaj, who won European gold on their home waters three weeks ago, there were quick crews from New Zealand, including World Champion Zoe Stevenson, the USA and Australia who are the world best time holders.

Grainger and Thornley were lightning quick off the start on the grandstand side of the course. On the far side Australia also showed strongly, too, with Germany in the mix.

After 500m the GB boat still had its nose in front but the race was very, very close with less than a metre or so separating the lead three crews. Australia edged ahead at halfway and then the Americans mounted their challenge and took the lead with New Zealand coming into the reckoning, too. At the line New Zealand got the verdict over the USA by a smidge.

More importantly for the GB duo they found the final sprint pace to charge up the inside and take bronze in 6:55.67. That put them ahead of the European Champions from Poland and challenging the top crews in the world. “That’s significant progress”, said a clearly delighted Tanner.

Thornley echoed the sentiment: “We have stepped on in so many different ways. We brought the best of ourselves to the race today. Now it’s a case of looking forward and continuing to learn and improve”.

Katie Greves, Louisa Reeve, Jess Eddie, Donna Etiebet, Vicky Meyer-Laker, Olivia Carnegie-Brown, Ro Bradbury, Zoe Lee and cox Zoe de Toledo have been in sizzling form in the women’s eight here. They pressured the American World and Olympic Champions in the heats and then controlled the repechage to win and qualify for today’s final.

Drawn in lane two, the GB crew were between China and the USA. Canada, Australia and New Zealand were on the grandstand side of the course which in Varese is surrounded by mountains partly obscured today by the haze and some pillowing clouds around the still snow-capped summits.

This was ultimately a three-boat race. The USA took the lead and were tracked by Canada with the GB crew pushing and pushing but not finding enough of a gear to get past the leading duo. For the GB eight, though, this was a much stronger regatta with consistent signs of the kind of pace that could see them returning to the podium again in 2015.

“I can’t speak for the whole of the crew but I feel we are disappointed because there are bits of the race that we could have done better”, said Zoe de Toledo the cox.

“It’s good to be on the podium and we have to enjoy those opportunities when we can. I think, thought, that we have been consistent over the first 500m in our races here but we didn’t have that today. We must go on from here and work hard to deliver what we want to deliver”, added stroke Zoe Lee.

Alan Campbell, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, must feel that he has begun to consign his ragged 2014 season to the scrapheap. Here he has begun to look like his old self and reached today’s final via a third-place in the semis. Drawn in lane one, he was next to his old adversary Ondrej Synek, the world’s best time holder, and one lane away from his friend and rival Mahe Drysdale, the Olympic Champion.

In Poznan, where Campbell was not yet back from injury and ready to race, it was relative newcomer Damir Martin of Croatia who made the headlines by taking European gold ahead of Synek.

In this afternoon’s final Campbell was in the very tight pack fro the first 1000m but then the race moved away from him somewhat. Drysdale took the lead followed by the Cuban Angel Fournier Rodriguez and then Belarus and that’s how it finished with Campbell in fifth in 6:58.72 and Martin in sixth.

Matt Gotrel, Stewart Innes, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Sbihi, Alex Gregory, George Nash, Will Satch and cox Henry Fieldman, had the opportunity today to measure themselves once more against Germany, who beat them to European gold three weeks ago. The two crews were drawn side by side with the USA to the the other side of the GB boat.

Germany took an early lead with GB fifth in a packed tightly bunched. Just after the 500m marker the British combination began to attack the lead and took up second behind Germany but ahead of New Zealand. The German lead had been cut back to just seven tenths at the 1500m mark. The British section of the crowd was on its feet and yelling.

Stroke for stroke the GB boat overhauled and then held off the Germans to win in 5:26.93. It was close and it was exciting but it was gold for the GB crew. Silver for Germany in 5:27.28 and bronze to the USA in 5:29.38.

Cox Henry Fieldman said: “I think we performed very well and we are all proud of what we achieved. We have made a big step up in the last few weeks.

“We found a really good rhythm through the middle section, there was so much power and intent from the guys.”

Sam Scrimgeour and Jonno Clegg raced here in the light men’s pair after contesting the European Championships three weeks ago in the lightweight four. Last they raced in this same event but in reverse seat order, something that Scrimgeour says he is enjoying.

They moved to an early lead today but were pursued by France and Italy. France flew into the lead in the third quarter and were three-quarters of a length up. They held on to win with the GB duo keeping Italy at bay in the final 150m. Italy were third.

Clegg said: “We went out strong off the start and considering the short time we have had together, we got a solid pace in the middle of the race”.

Scrimgeour added: “You learn from doing new things. It’s just frustrating not to cross the line first”.

B FINALS

John Collins and Jonny Walton stamped their authority on the B final of the men’s double scull this morning from the outset . Having lost out on a final spot in such close and cruel fashion yesterday they were always going to be a strong contender today and went on to win in 6:12.67.

Rebecca Chin and Karen Bennett, racing for the first time at senior level, made a strong start to their B final. The were second only to the Australians with 500m of the race gone. Poland and China came through strongly in the second quarter, leaving the GB boat in fourth place at halfway which is where they finished despite a tough battle with Poland, eventual second behind China, in the final 500m. Australia were caught on the line by Poland.

Melanie Wilson, Beth Rodford, Tina Stiller and Jess Leyden won their B Final this morning. France had the early lead but GB drew level in the second quarter and then took the lead with China challenging too. With 500m to go the GB crew was just under three seconds ahead. China applied more pressure to push past France but could not catch the British crew.

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RESULTS

(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. For full results – www.worldrowing.com)

FINALS

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair – A Final
1. Helen Glover/Heather Stanning (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:53.67
2. Megan Kalmoe/Kerry Simmonds (USA) 6:55.33
3. Grace Prendergast/Kerri Gowler (New Zealand) 6:58.06
4. Felice Mueller/Eleanor Logan (USA) 7:00.99
5. Hedvig Rasmussen/Anne Andersen (Denmark) 7:07.87
6. Noemie Kober/Marie Le Nepvou (France) 7:15.72

Pair – B Final
1. Min Zhang/Tian Miao (China) 7:08.81
2. Anna Wierzbowska/Maria Wierzbowska (Poland) 7:12.88
3. Molly Goodman/Genevieve Horton (Australia) 7:13.12
4. Karen Bennett/Becca Chin (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:13.74
5. Karla Milosevic/Marcela Milosevic (Croatia) 7:16.09
6. Alessandra Patelli/Gaia Palma (Italy) 7:17.77

Eight – A Final

1. USA 6:03.27
2. Canada 6:05.53
3. Katie Greves/Louisa Reeve/Jess Eddie/Donna Etiebet/Vicki Meyer-Laker/Olivia Carnegie-Brown/Rosamund Bradbury/Zoe Lee/Zoe De Toledo (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:08.66
4. China 6:13.07
5. New Zealand 6:13.12
6. Australia 6:18.80

Double sculls – A Final
1. Eve MacFarlane/Zoe Stephenson (New Zealand) 6:53.21
2. Meghan O’Leary/Ellen Tomek (USA) 6:53.35
3. Katherine Grainger/Vicky Thornley (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:55.67
4. Magdalena Fularczyk/Natalia Madaj (Poland) 6:56.12
5. Olympia Aldersey/Sally Kehoe (Australia) 6:56.32
6. Julia Lier/Mareike Adams (Germany) 6:56.59

Quadruple sculls – B Final
1. Melanie Wilson/Tina Stiller/Beth Rodford/Jess Leyden (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:22.24
2. Yuemin Bai/Jie Wang/Yan Jiang/Xinyue Zhang (China) 6:23.93
3. Pauline Bugnard/Alice Mayne/Eleonore Dubuis/Chloe Poumailloux (France) 6:25.34
4. Tina Christmann/Anne Beenken/Carina Boehlert/Julia Leiding (Germany) 6:30.92

OPEN

MEN

Pair – A Final
1. Roel Braas/Mitchel Steenman (Netherlands) 6:22.40
2. Giovanni Abagnale/Vincenzo Abbagnale (Italy) 6:23.58
3. Jack Hargreaves/Nicholas Wheatley (Australia) 6:25.87
4. Luca Agamennoni/Domenico Montrone (Italy) 6:28.20
5. Dariush Aghai/Ross James (USA) 6:29.50
6. Matthew Tarrant/Callum McBriertey (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:33.52

Four – A Final
1. Glenn Ochal/Charles Cole/Henrik Rummel/Seth Weil (USA) 5:51.87
2. Marco Di Costanzo/Matteo Costaldo/Matteo Lodo/Giuseppe Vicino (Italy) 5:52.48
3. Will Crothers/Tim Schrijver/Kai Langerfield/Conlin McCabe (Canada) 5:52.52
4. William Lockwood/Alexander Hill/Spencer Turrin/Alexander Lloyd (Australia) 5:55.68
5. Alan Sinclair/Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell/Tom Ransley/Scott Durant (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:58.26
6. Johannes Weissenfeld/Felix Wimberger/Maximilian Planer/Maximilian Korge (Germany) 5:58.35

Eight – A Final
1. Matt Gotrel/Stewart Innes/Pete Reed/Paul Bennett/Mohamed Sbihi/Alex Gregory/George Nash/Will Satch/Henry Fieldman (cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:26.93
2. Germany 1 5:27.28
3. USA 5:29.38
4. New Zealand 5:30.37
5. Poland 5:34.77
6. Germany 1I 5:35.46

Single scull – A Final
1. Mahe Drysdale (New Zealand) 6:45.22
2. Angel Fournier Rodriguez (Cuba) 6:46.71
3. Stanislau Scharbachenia (Belarus) 6:49.40
4. Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic) 6:54.76
5. Alan Campbell (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:58.72
6. Damir Martin (Croatia) 7:03.85

Double sculls – B Final
1. John Collins/Jonny Walton (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:12.67
2. Patrick Leineweber/Stephan Krueger (Germany) 6:16.10
3. Michael Plocek/David Jirka (Czech Republic) 6:17.30
4. Frank Steffensen/Sophus Johannesen (Denmark) 6:17.99
5. Benjamin Dann/John Graves (USA) 6:21.67
6. Liang Zhang/Jian Ma (China) 6:25.11

Quadruple sculls – A Final
1. Angus Groom/Sam Townsend/Graeme Thomas/Peter Lambert (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:43.13
2. Karl Schulze/Philipp Wende/Lauritz Schoof/Hans Gruhne (Germany) 5:44.27
3. Matthew Buie/Julien Bahain/Will Dean/Rob Gibson (Canada) 5:45.45
4. Mateusz Biskup/Dariusz Radosz/Miroslaw Zietarski/Wiktor Chabel (Poland) 5:46.00
5. David Crawshay/Karsten Forsterling/Cameron Girdlestone/David Watts (Australia) 5:46.70
6. Nico Stahlberg/Barnabe Delarze/Augustin Maillefer/Roman Roeoesli (Switzerland) 5:49.87

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Double sculls – Final A
1. Kat Copeland/Charlotte Taylor (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:53.78
2. Sophie Mackenzie/Julia Edward (New Zealand) 6:54.02
3. Fini Sturm/Marie-Louise Draeger (Germany) 6:58.57
4. Ellie Piggott/Imogen Walsh (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:59.21
5. Cecilia Lilija/Emma Fredh (Sweden) 6:59.96
6. Dandan Pan/Wenyi Huang (China) 7:11.03

MEN

Pair – Final A

1. Augustin Mouterde/Theophile Onfroy (France) 6:31.33
2. Sam Scrimgeour/Jono Clegg (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:32.20
3. Piero Sfiligoi/Armando Dell’Aquila (Italy) 6:34.03
4. Jiahao Li/Mingyang Liang (China) 6:44.23

Four – Final A
1. James Hunter/Alistair Bond/James Lassche/Curtis Rapley (New Zealand) 5:57.38
2. Simon Schuerch/Mario Gyr/Lucas Tramer/Simon Niepmann (Switzerland) 5:58.91
3. Thibault Colard/Guillame Raineau/Thomas Baroukh/Franck Solforosi (France) 5:59.85
4. Joel Cassells/Peter Chambers/Mark Aldred/Chris Bartley (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:02.17
5. Wei Jin/Tao Zeng/Chenggang Yu/Jingbin Zhao (China) 6:02.90
6. Xiaoxiong Li/Junjie Fan/Deming Kong/Tiexen Wang (China) 6:07.66

Double sculls – Final A
1. Stany Delayre/Jeremie Azou (France) 6:09.26
2. Andrea Micheletti/Pietro Ruta (Italy) 6:11.75
3. Richard Chambers/Will Fletcher (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:13.53
4. Andrew Campbell Jr/Joshua Konieczny (USA) 6:14.78
5. Moritz Moos/Jason Osborne (Germany) 6:20.11
6. Paul Sieber/Bernhard Sieber (Austria) 6:22.90

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CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)
GB Rowing Team for World Cup 11,
Varese, Italy 19-21 June, 2015

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair – two boats

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coach: Robin Williams

Rebecca Chin ( (Agecroft RC/Deganwy/11.12.91))
Karen Bennett (Leander Club/Edinburgh/05.02.89)
Coach: Robin Williams

Eight

Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)
Louise Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial/London/29.04.86)
Victoria Meyer-Laker (Leander Club/Premnay/18.03.88)
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)
Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond/15.12.85)
Zoe de Toledo (Cox) (Leander Club/London/17.07.87)
Coach: James Harris

Double Scull

Katherine Grainger (St Andrew BC/Glasgow/12.11.75)
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple Scull

Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/Todmorden/22.02.95)
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)
Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)
Coach: Nick Strange

OPEN

MEN

Pair

Mat Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)
Calum McBrierty (Leander Club/Edinburgh/13.08.92)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Four

Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Munlochy/16.10.85)
Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Ashford/06.09.85)
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)
Coach: Christian Felkel

Eight

Matt Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)
Stewart Innes (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/20.05.91)
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth/27.07.81)
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)
Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/02.10.89)
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Molesey BC?Barnes/25.11.88)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler

Single Scull – two boats

Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School/Coleraine/09.05.83)

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)
Coach: John West

Double Scull

Jonny Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple Scull

Angus Groom (Leander Club/Glasgow/16.06.92)
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Maidenhead/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Men’s Spare

Oliver Cook (Univ of London/Windsor/05.06.90)

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Double Scull – two boats

Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick/01.12.90)
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC/Olney/16.05.91)
Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)
Coach: Paul Reedy

LIGHTWEIGHT

MEN

Pair

Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)
Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Four

Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)
Joel Cassells (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/15.06.94)
Mark Aldred (London RC/Birmingham/18.04.87)
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Double Scull – two boats

Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)
Will Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.91)
Sam Mottram (Leander Club/Stoke Mandeville/14.11.94)*
Coach: Darren Whiter

PARA-ROWING

MIXED

Coxed four (LTA 4+)

Grace Clough (Nottingham RC/Sheffield/21.06.91)
Daniel Brown (Upper Thames BC/Reading/29.11.82)
Pamela Relph (Leander Club/Aylesbury/14.11.89)
James Fox (Univ of London/Peterborough/02.05.92)
Oliver James (cox) (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/05.10.90)
Coach: Tom Dyson

MEN

Arms-shoulders single scull (ASM 1x)

Tom Aggar (Marlow RC/Maidenhead/24.05.84)
Coach: Nick Baker

WOMEN

Arms-shoulders single scull (ASW 1x)

Rachel Morris (Guildford RC/Farnham/25.04.79)
Coach: Tom Dyson

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