Top GB Rowing Team Paralympic contenders do battle for world cup places
Britain’s top Paralympic rowing contenders will try to put this Sunday’s 500 days to go to London 2012 milestone out of their heads as they battle over the weekend with each other for world cup places.
Trials for the GB Rowing Team adaptive squad are taking place at the national training centre and the competition will be fierce this Saturday, Sunday and Monday with rowers hoping to impress and win a place at the Munich World Cup in May (27-29).
“We hope to come out of the weekend with a good idea of who will be in the Munich team”, said Head Coach Tom Dyson.
Meanwhile, particular tension will surround the mixed adaptive coxed four. Nine rowers are vying for just four seats in this boat which is one of Britain’s other Games’ medal hopes.
“Everyone has been thinking about the Games and the 500 days to go for quite a while but I’m staying focussed on my main aims for this year which are the world cup and the world championship”, said 2010 world silver medallist James Roe, probably echoing the feeling across the squad.
Roe’s opponents for seats include, amongst others, 2009 world champions, Naomi Riches and Dave Smith – the latter coming back to the sport after serious neck surgery – as well as Ryan Chamberlain who won silver with Roe in 2010.
Londoner Chamberlain has also been in hospital since winning silver in New Zealand and goes into the weekend’s trials with mainly land-based training behind him in the last five months.
That has not dampened his enthusiasm to compete in his home city in 2012. He said: “It’s not long away, so it’s a really exciting time for me especially as I am fairly new to the sport and I am hoping to compete for a place at the Games”.
(NB – can be subject to change due to weather)
Trials racing for the adaptive crews will take place
over Saturday, Sunday and Monday 16, 17 and 18 April.
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DATA ON ROWERS TO WATCH
Rower name followed by (club/home town/date of birth)
AS Men’s Single scull
Coach: Tom Dyson
LTA Mixed Coxed four – world championship silver four 2011 (plus cox)
Kelsie Gibson (Maidstone Invicta RC)
James Roe (Reading Uni BC/Stratford-upon-Avon/28.03.88)/
Ryan Chamberlain (King’s College London BC/Wandsworth, London/03.04.86)
Kate Jones (Aberdeen BC/Eskdale Green, Cumbria/28.02.86)
Rhiannon Jones (cox) (Reading Uni BC/Hereford/16.09.87)
Additional rowers to watch in contention – 2009 world champions:
Naomi Riches (Leander/Harrow/15.6.83)
Dave Smith (Reading Uni/Dunfermline/21.4.78)
Coach: Mary McLachlan
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KEY DATES FOR 2011
This important season for the nation’s top rowers
culminates in the World Championships and
Olympic and Paralympic qualifying regatta:
BLED, SLOVENIA, FROM AUGUST 28 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2011
Britain will seek to qualify boats into as many Olympic
and Paralympic classes as possible here rather than
through the last-chance final qualifying regatta in Lucerne
from May 20-23, 2012.
Meanwhile, here are some additional dates of note for the
GB squad for the remainder of 2011:
KEY DATES FOR YOUR 2011 DIARY
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, Dorney Lake, Eton
(Time trials and side-by-side racing to help coaches decide
who will be in which boats for the first world cup of the 2011 season)
GB Rowing Team Trials (adaptive squad)
National Training Centre, Caversham
Announcement of first world cup squad – Caversham
Rowing World Cup 1, Munich Germany
Rowing World Cup II, Hamburg, Germany
Henley Women’s Regatta
29- July 3
Henley Royal Regatta
Rowing World Cup III, Lucerne, Switzlerand
Announcement of the World Championships Team
World Rowing U23 Championships, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coupe de la Jeunesse, Linz, Austria
World Rowing Junior Championships, Dorney Lake, Eton
(this is also the Olympic & Paralympic test event)
28 – 4 September
WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Bled, Slovenia
European Rowing Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
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