11 crews racing at World U23 Champs
Great Britain is racing in 11 events at the World Under 23 Championships which start today in Hazewinkel, Belgium, and run through to Sunday 23rd.
The event is an important milestone en route to full GB senior selection and many of Britain’s Olympians have emerged first in this age group competition.
In 2005, GB won four of its five medals in lightweight events and the 2006 entry is also strong in these boat classes.
The lightweight pair of Richard Chambers and Chris Bartley from Nottingham and Oxford Brookes Universities won silver in the quad last year but have moved to sweep and won the senior category at the Poznan World Cup. They are looking to win in Hazewinkel.
The lightweight four contains the two other members of the 2005 quad, Doug Perrin and Stephen Feeney, with two new selections from London Rowing Club, Marco Espin and Rob Williams.
Sophie Hosking from Durham University and Adam Freeman-Pask from the University of Bath are in the lightweight women’s and men’s singles and will have a hard act to follow as GB won both of these titles last year.
Freeman-Pask is a graduate of the ARA’s World Class Start Programme, sponsored by Siemens.
In the Open events, the lead men’s boat is the four, of Ryan Davies, Will Robinson, James Orme and Matt Tucker from Oxford Brookes University and Leander.
2005 was not the most successful of Championships for Britain in the Open men’s categories so the four, the coxed four and the men’s pair will be looking to make their mark this year.
The remaining three boats are the men’s and women’s quad and the women’s pair.
Heats are raced today in Hazewinkel with the repechages tomorrow, semi finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday 23rd.
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GB ROWING CREW LISTS
WORLD U23 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jacqui Round (St Neots)/Lizzie Hodges (Uni of London)
Coach: Nick Strange
Coach: Ade Roberts
Ben Smith (Imperial College)/Oli Moore
Coach: Seb Pearce
Ryan Davies (Oxford Brookes)/Will Robinson (Oxford
Brookes)/James Orme (Leander)/Matt Tucker (Oxford
Coach: Pete Sheppard
Tom Wilkinson (Leander)/Nick Clarke (Leander)/
Rob Hollis (Oxford Brookes)/Dave Lyons (Uni of Bath)/
Nick Brodie (cox) (OUBC)
Coach: Peter Haining
Alex Gregory (Reading University)
Coach: Mark Earnshaw
James Dunley (Uni of London)/Jon Foster (Durham
Uni)/George Laughton (Newcastle Uni)/Ben Duggan (NCRA)
Coach: Angelo Savarino
Coach: Don Mclachlan
Marco Espin (London)/Rob Williams (London)/Doug
Perrin (CULRC)/Stephen Feeney (Newcastle Uni)
Coach: Nigel Muir
Adam Freeman-Pask (Uni of Bath)