Peterborough

Hosted by Peterborough City Rowing Club

World Class Start has operated a centre in Cambridgeshire since 2003 and moved to its current home at Peterborough City Rowing Club in 2020.

Well-connected road and rail links mean that athletes travel from across the region to benefit from the wide range of exceptional facilities available at Peterborough, including the purpose built rowing lake, direct boating access to a long stretch of the River Nene, on site ergo and gym facilities and a wide variety of suitable boats.

Graduates of the start centre in Cambridgeshire include Being medallist and London 2012 gold medallist Anna Watkins, two times Olympian and Beijing medallist Annie Vernon, and London 2012 Olympian Charles Cousins. James Fox, 2016 Paralympic gold medallist, was a satellite athlete to the Cambridgeshire centre.

Anna, Annie, and Charles all progressed onto the senior system after representing the centre at the U23 championships. Monica Relph and current squad member Holly Hill have also represented at U23 level before going on to earn senior international vests. Erica Bodman and Laura Greenhalgh have also represented the centre as senior athletes on the GB team, and current squad member Adam Neil is a satellite athlete of the centre. Most recently George Bourne came through the centre on his way to an U23 gold medal.

The Cambridgeshire centre has also been represented by Josh Tonnar at FISU, Jack Hesketh at Junior Worlds and Holly Parker, Hugh Anderson, Charlotte Drury, Sam Champion and, in 2019, Phoebe Hayden at the Coupe de la Jeunesse.