11-medal haul for the GB Rowing Team at the world cup

The GB Rowing Team won 11 medals, five of them golds, at the world cup in Munich this afternoon, despite three top boats from last year’s world championships experiencing defeat.

“We’ve had a really good world cup.  We have seen what we expected here and that is that the standard of the world is coming up again.

“We’ve got some things to improve but it’s been fantastic to have so many great medal performances”, said GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner.

Britain’s two lightweight women’s double scull crews of Hester Goodsell and Sophie Hosking and Andrea Dennis and Kathryn Twyman took an historic one-two in their final.

“It’s great to make history and see two British crews on the podium”, said Goodsell.  “It shows the depth in this bit of the squad”, said Hosking.

Katherine Grainger won gold with super-sub Mel Wilson in the  women’s double in the absence of the injured Anna Watkins and the men’s four slayed a few demons by beating the crews who toppled them from their world crown last Autumn.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning proved they have the ability to sustain their “surprise” world championships silver medal of last year by taking gold here.  And the men’s pair of Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed won a world cup gold for the  first time since early 2009.

Britain’s other silvers came from the men’s and women’s eight, and the men’s double scull. The lightweight men’s four and the women’s quadruple scull, both reigning world champions,  took bronze. 

Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter, world and Olympic champions, were fourth and will go back home and think things over.

The GB men’s quad were fourth and Alan Campbell took fifth in the men’s single.

Britain’s medal tally today came after two Paralympic class golds and two bronzes as well as two lightweight non-Olympic silver medals from yesterday.

*SIEMENS is the high performance partner of the GB Rowing Team
(as such they sponsor all the Olympic and Paralympic Class
boats in the senior squad and add value to the GB Rowing
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Helen Glover and Heather Stanning pushed out to half a length lead in the early stages of the women’s pair final. They were chased by the Netherlands and the USA. At the 1000m stage the British still held the lead – now three-quarters of a length – and looked controlled.

In the third 500m of the race, Army officer Stanning, from Lossiemouth, and Penzance’s Helen Glover looked ever more impressive.  They were leading by clearwater at 1750m gone and held off a strong American sprint to take their first world cup gold as a combination.  The USA were second and the Netherlands third.

Our coach, Robin Williams, gave us a key word before we raced and  that was to be “assertive”. So that’s what we did”, said Glover.

“The big difference is that we’ve had a good, solid winter of training. Last year we were working as well as training but this year we’ve been able to focus more”, said Stanning.

Their male counterparts, Andy Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed started steadily. By 500m goone of their final they had a canvas lead over a chasing field which included Italy, Greece and Germany. From there they opened up the power and, just beyond the halfway, they had clearwater over the field.  From there the others had no real chance of overhauling them.

For Reed and Hodge it was their first world cup gold since early 2009. “That was a good race.  But the no.1 crew in  the world isn’t here so it wasn’t a victory. It’s just a stage”, said Hodge.

“It felt pretty good, it wasn’t crazy and it’s a good progression on the training”, said Reed.

Katherine Grainger and Mel Wilson were racing here supposedly as a  “scratch” pairing as Grainger’s normal partner, Anna Watkins, is injured.  Remarkable, then, that they sculled to a controlled victory on  Munich’s blue-hued water. 

Austria led briefly off the start but by 250m into the race, the British duo had created a canvas lead. This built to a half-lengthead over the USA at 500m. Grainger and Wilson were pressed a little by the Americams at this point before pulling away to clearwater by 1500m and kept advantage all the way to the line.

“Mel has had a great season so far in the single and it came together surprisingly quickly for us as a double. It was a good race”, said  Grainger

“There is always expectation when you row with Katherine”, added Wilson. ‘But it was a good feeling to win”.

Marcus Bateman and Matt Wells came within a whisker of duplicating the women’s win in their final. As the race moved into it’s final throes the British were storming back against the home-side’s leaders.  At the line it went to a photo. Silver for Britain, gold for Germany.

“We led off the start and tried to soak up everyone’s pressure from there”, said Bateman. From the halfway it had all come down to  a race between the two German crews and GB.

“It felt like we were the salami in a German sandwich”, said Bateman of the race to the line. “We were closing it down towards the end”, said Wells of the gap.

Sweet revenge was the theme of the men’s four race.  The GB quartet were out to expunge the painful memories of defeat to France and Greece at the world rowing championships last Autumn. Mission accomplished here, then. 

The quartet, stroked by Alex Gregory and including  Tom James, Matt Langridge and Ric Egington, were second at the 500m to Germany. By halfway the roles had reversed with Greece third and France a consistent fourth.  From there the British four took control and won by over a length.

“In my mind that was a good race but not a perfect race”, said stroke Alex Gregory of the new line-up which this season includes Olympic champion Tom James with Alex Partridge having transferred to the eight.  “It feels like a whole new crew dynamic this year and that makes it fresh and different”.

“It was our first big race as a crew in this combination. We didn’t want to do anything spectacular, no fireworks or anything just put in a good solid race” said James.

Langridge said:  “That was our best race here – not spectacular but OK. The new set up is going well”.

Ric Egington: It feels as if we are growing in confidence.I wasn’t happy with our first race but this was better. We did what we wanted to do- its’ still not perfect but it’s a good performance to build on”.

No sooner had this race crossed the line than the lightweight women’s double scull race was in full flow.  The British had two shots at the medals here with Sophie Hosking and  Hester Goodsell in the no.1 crew and Andrea Dennis and Kathryn Twyman in the second-ranked boat.  To say they maximised the opportunity was is no word of a lie.

Gold to the lead boat and silver to the second duo.  History for Britain in this Olympic lightweight category.

“That was our third win in a row at Munich and that means a lot”, said Hosking of her partnership with Goodsell.

“It’s good to have such a strong training group. This is the level we are at. We’re all pushing each other on”, said Goodsell.

“It’s good to be part of history and good for us as we are such a new combination”, said Dennis.

“Give us another few weeks and who knows what we might  achieve”, joked Twyman.

Disappointment followed for the lightweight men’s double scull of Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase – the Olympic and world champions. They put in a magnificent burst of speed in the final 300m but could not make up lost ground on the lead three boats. 

“We’ve put in a lot of training and will now go back and work on a few things”, said Hunter.

The duo had earlier taken an early lead but by the 500m they had been overhauled by France and then Germany. By halfway France were in the lead with Germany second and GB third, about half a length down.

The two leading boats then opened up the gap on GB who were a length adrift at the 1500m mark.  The sprint for the line saw Britain seek to take bronze from Denmark only to fall agonisingly short.

After yesterday’s semi-finals few would have predicted that the lightweight men’s four would follow-up their world championships title with a win here.  Drawn in an outside lane the crew of Paul Mattick, Chris Bartley, Rob Williams and Richard Chambers were fourth at halfway but still in contention.  Ahead of them the lead swapped several times.

In the final lung-bursting sprint past the grandstands the British duo pulled and pulled and looked as if they might have timed it just right.  Gradually they made back the intervening gap.  As France, Denmark and GB crossed the line it was too close for the naked eye to call.  A photo gave the verdict to Denmark with France in silver and GB bronze.

“We have plenty that we can improve. With the races being so tight you are never always going to get it absolutely right”, said Rob Williams.  “I’d just like a race one day when the margin is wider”.

“We are happy to be on the podium and we had a much better race than yesterday”, said Chris Bartley.  “We put together a few things and we’re pretty happy with our performance”.

“At this stage of the season we’re not ready to do our very best race”, said Mattick.  “But it’s a good step on again”.

In the women’s quad, the Ukraine established an early lead over Germany with GB lying third.  By halfway Ukraine had increased their lead to three-quarters of a length.  They converted that to clearwater by 1500m.

The reigning world champions of Fran Houghton, Debbie Flood, Annie Vernon and Beth Rodford never looked like seriously threatening either of the leaders in the final 500m.

“We had the same problem in our prelims yesterday, we seemed to be left after the first 10 strokes. Our second half was better today but we put in a lot of energy to get back into it’, explained Rodford.

“Right now we are all pretty angry.  It’s important to  feel how bad it is to lose to inspire you through the training sessions”, said Vernon.

“The whole weekend has highlighted what we need to work on. It’s all totally achievable. You never want to finish down but you can learn from it”, said Houghton.

The equivalent men’s boat were battling with Ukraine in the final 500m for a bronze medal but there was to be no podium outcome for new dad Stephen Rowbotham, Bill Lucas, Sam Townsend and Tom Solesbury.

Croatia had taken the early lead ahead of GB, Germany and the Ukraine in a blanket field. GB slipped marginally back to fourth – a position they were to hold continuously thereafter. Germany, meanwhile, nudged passed Croatia at the halfway point to win gold with Croatia in silver.

The women’s eight, coxed by Caroline O’Connor and stroked by Lindsey Maguire, were well-placed through the first 500m of their final, lying a close second to the Netherlands. 

By halfway, though, the Netherlands had eased into a strong lead in the inside lane. Three lanes away Britain and Romania went stroke for stroke and in the final sprint the GB boat picked up the pace and began to challenge even the Netherlands before tailing off to get silver and their first medal of the 2011 campaign.

“We have never beaten the Romanians before. So that’s good”, said Louise Reeve.  “I think we’re all pretty pleased. We need to get out of the blocks a bit faster but we showed we have the raw boat speed. We needed to get out slightly better today”, said O’Connor.

“I think we were coming back on them. We had a better wind up [to the finish] than yesterday:, added  Alison Knowles.

Senior world cup debutante Emily Taylor added: “It was a good race and if it had gone on a bit longer we might have got them”.

Natasha Page siad:  “Really solid. Our aim was to stay in our boat and be a bit more focussed this year.  It’s a really good start”.

Jo Cook added:   “We were very focussed on our boat and we didn’t really know what to expect from the Dutch and I think we let them get too far ahead.  It’s still early days and we’ve set the standard pretty high for ourselves but we’ve got huge potential”.

Jess Eddie said: “We are using the World Cups as practice races. We wanted to execute our race plan but we also wanted to win gold so we’re disappointed. It’s a huge achievement to beat Romania though as we haven’t done that before and they’ve got such strong mid race pace. I’d rather lose this race than the World Championships.

Lou Reeve said: “We were so focussed on our own boat and the Netherlands were in the farthest lane so we weren’t really aware of them”.

Luka Spik, of Slovenia, was the early race leader in the men’s single scull. Alan Campbell was amongst those chasing him down together with Germany’s Marcel Hacker and world champion Ondrej Synek.

Hacker and Synek began to establish a lead which became a clearwater advantage just after halfway with Campbell back in fifth and six seconds off the lead.  Briefly he slipped back to sixth but then regained his tempo to move back up into fifth and chase down Lithuania. Synek took gold with Hacker in silver and Lassi Karonen of Sweden in bronze with Campbell fifth at the end.

As world silver medallists the GB Rowing Team men’s eight entered today’s finals with expectations of pressing the home favourites and world champions, Germany.

The race started with the pace and excitement to be expected from this focus event.  All six crews blasted off the start.  GB were in the pack and contending. Germany took a marginal lead at 300m with France in second.  Only half a length separated all six boats at 400m. 

At the first 500m it was Germany in the lead, followed by France, and then Poland with GB in fourth.  By halfway the Germans had a length lead. 

In the second half GB hit back.  As the race sped past the grandstands the Germans seemed to be tiring and the GB boat was clawing back a half-seat a stroke.  Eventually the home team had enough to hang on by just under eight tenths.  GB took silver and Poland were third.

Greg Searle said: “We knew Germany would go off fast. That is the pattern of racing we seem to have got into with them – they get up to speed a lot quicker than we do.  We were determined to focus on our boat and what we could do and we were able to push on well at the end”.

Alex Partridge said: “We did what we said we’d do.  We put a lot into our other three races here and raced flat out in the time trial so we wanted to make sure we could finish well today. We really need to do what we did in our repechage – attack the first part of the race and keep that speed up all the way. But it was a good start to the World Cup series and a good base to build from.”

During the early morning session, Vicky Thornley came home fourth in the B final of the women’s single scull as did GB’s second-ranked lightweight men’s four.

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(Races featuring GB Rowing Team crews only – full
results at www.worldrowing.com)



1. Helen Glover/Heather Stanning (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:07.05
2. Zsuzsanna Francia/Meghan Musnicki (USA 1) 7:09.77
3. Chantal Achterberg/Nienke Kingma (Netherlands 2) 7:11.50
4. Erin Cafaro/Amanda Polk (USA 2) 7:13.43
5. Camelia Lupascu/Nicoleta Albu (Romania 2) 7:15.34
6. Claudia Belderbos/Carline Bouw (Netherlands 1) 7:19.32

1. Netherlands 6:07.77
2. Jo Cook/Alison Knowles/Jessica Eddie/Emily Taylor/
Natasha Page/Louisa Reeve/Katie Solesbury/
Lindsey Maguire/Caroline O’Connor(cox) 6:09.02
3. Romania 6:11.46
4. Ukraine 6:17.48
5. China 6:18.80
6. Poland 6:27.82

Double scull
1. Melanie Wilson/Katherine Grainger (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:57.52
2. Sarah Trowbridge/Kathleen Bertko (USA) 7:00.26
3. Yuliya Bichyk/Tatsiana Kukhta (Belarus 1) 7:05.35
4. Cristina Ilie/Ioana Craciun (Romania) 7:09.25
5. Lisa Dilleen/Sanita Puspure (Ireland) 7:11.10
6. Magdalena Lobnig/Lisa Farthofer (Austria) 7:19.07

Quadruple scull
1. Ukraine 1 6:17.14
2. Germany 1 6:19.58
3. Debbie Flood/Beth Rodford/Frances Houghton/
Annabel Vernon (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:22.42
4. Poland 6:26.38
5. Italy 6:29.26
6. Switzerland 6:37.82



1. Pete Reed/Andrew Triggs Hodge (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:24.67
2. Lorenzo Carboncini/Niccolo Mornati (Italy) 6:28.37
3. Nikolaos Gkountoulas/Apostolos Gkountoulas (Greece) 6:29.85
4. Bela Simon Jnr/Adrian Juhasz (Hungary) 6:30.37
5. Maximilian Munski/Felix Drahotta (Germany) 6:32.54
6. Nanne Sluis/Rogier Blink(Netherlands 1) 6:36.92


1. Matthew Langridge/Richard Egington/Tom James/
Alex Gregory (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:52.74
2. Greece 5:55.03
3. Germany 5:56.91
4. Belarus 5:56.91
5. France 6:01.07
6. Italy 6:07.64


1. Germany 5:26.75
2. Alex Partridge/Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell/
Cameron Nichol/William Satch/Mohamed Sbihi/
Gregory Searle/Tom Ransley/Daniel Ritchie/
Phelan Hill(cox) (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:28.06
3. Poland 5:28.82
4. Netherlands 5:29.07
5. France 5:31.63
6. China 5:34.51

Single scull

1. Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic) 6:46.92
2. Marcel Hacker (Germany) 6:48.82
3. Lassi Karonen (Sweden) 6:52.23
4. Mindaugas Griskonis (Lithuania) 6:56.19
5. Alan Campbell (GREAT BRITAIN 1) 6:56.21
6. Luka Spik (Slovenia 1) 6:59.01

Double scull

1. Eric Knittel/Stephan Krueger (Germany 1) 6:15.38
2. Matthew Wells/Marcus Bateman (GREAT BRITAIN 1) 6:15.43
3. Mathias Rocher/Hans Gruhne (Germany 2) 6:16.85
4. Allar Raja/Kaspar Taimsoo (Estonia 1) 6:17.07
5. William Miller/Glenn Ochal (USA) 6:22.32
6. Saulius Ritter/Rolandas Mascinskas (Lithuania 2) 6:25.44

Quadruple sculls

1. Germany 5:43.79
2. Croatia 5:46.35
3. Ukraine 1 5:46.60
4. Tom Solesbury/Stephen Rowbotham/Bill Lucas/
Sam Townsend (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:47.28
5. Poland 5:56.11
6. France 5:56.38



Double scull

1. Hester Goodsell/Sophie Hosking (GREAT BRITAIN 1) 6:59.36
2. Kathryn Twyman/Andrea Dennis (GREAT BRITAIN 2) 7:00.71
3. Kristin Hedstrom/Julie Nichols (USA) 7:02.42
4. Rianne Sigmond/Maaike Head (Netherlands) 7:04.74
5. Anne Thomsen/Juliane Rasmussen (Denmark) 7:07.38
6. Triantafyllia Kalampoka/Christine Giazitzidou (Greece) 7:11.85


Double scull

1. Linus Lichtschlag/Lars Hartig (Germany) 6:18.25
2. Jeremie Azou/Frederic Dufour (France) 6:19.33
3. Mads Rasmussen/Rasmus Quist (Denmark 1) 6:21.15
4. Zac Purchase/Mark Hunter (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:21.87
5. Lorenzo Bertini/Elia Luini (Italy 1) 6:24.43
6. Jonathan Winter/Brian De Regt (USA) 6:27.11

1. Denmark 6:00.17
2. France 6:00.44
3. Richard Chambers/Paul Mattick/Rob Williams/
Chris Bartley (GREAT BRITAIN 1) 6:00.46
4. Switzerland 6:02.54
5. Netherlands 6:03.71
6. Italy 6:06.09




Single scull
1. Donata Vistartaite (Lithuania) 7:31.77
2. Genevra Stone (USA) 7:36.62
3. Victoria Thornley (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:43.04
4. Nicole Beukers (Netherlands) 7:43.34
5. Nataliya Mustafayeva (Azerbajan) 7:46.83
6. Lenka Antosova (Czech Republic) 7:49.41




1. China 1 5:59.36
2. Germany 6:01.53
3. China 2 6:03.28
4. Denmark 2 6:04.46
5. John Preston/Jonathan Clegg/William Fletcher/
Jamie Kirkwood (GREAT BRITAIN 2) 6:04.51
6. Poland 6:06.08

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BBC TV Sport is broadcasting rowing at these
times this season:

World Cup 1 Munich, Germany

Sunday 29 May 
10.00 – 13.15 Live on the Red Button/online

Monday 30 May
13.00 – 14.30  Highlights Package BBC2 and on-line
and afterwards on the i-player

World Cup 2  Hamburg, Germany

Sunday 19 June

09.20 – 13.20 – Live on the red button/online
12.30 – 13.45 – Highlights package on BBC2 and online
and afterwards on i-player

World Cup 3, Lucerne, Switzerland

Sunday 10 July
09.45 – 11.15 Live on the Red Button/online
12.30 – 14.30 Red Button/Online

Monday 11 July
13.00 – 14.30  Highlights package on BBC2 and online
and afterwards on the i-player

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2011 World Cup Regatta, Munich,
Germany, 27 – 29 May 2011
(listed bow to stroke plus cox)




Helen Glover (Minerva Bath/Penzance/17.06.86)/
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)

Coach: Robin Williams


Jo Cook (Leander Club/Sunbury-on-Thames/22.03.84)/
Emily Taylor (Leander Club/Lincoln/28.06.87)
Katie Solesbury (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)/
Alison Knowles (Thames RC/Bournemouth/27.03.82)/
Jessica Eddie (Univ of London BC/Durham/07.10.84)/
Louisa Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)/
Natasha Page (Gloucester RC/Hartpury/30.04.85)/
Lindsey Maguire (Wallingford RC/Edinburgh/15.01.82)/
Caroline O’Connor (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Ealing, London/25.04.83)

Coach: Nick Strange

Double scull

Katherine Grainger (St. Andrew BC/Aberdeen/12.11.75)/
Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/01.09.82)/

Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple scull

Annabel Vernon (Leander Club/Wadebridge/01.09.82)/
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.02.82)/
Frances Houghton (Leander Club/Oxford/19.09.80)/
Debbie Flood (Leander Club/Guiseley/27.02.80)

Coach: Ade Roberts

Single scull

Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)




Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth, Glos/27.07.81)/
Andrew Triggs Hodge (Molesey BC/Hebden, N. Yorks/03.03.79)

Coach: Jürgen Grobler


Matthew Langridge (Leander Club /Northwich/20.05.83)/
Richard Egington (Leander Club/Knutsford/26.02.79)/
Tom James (Molesey BC/Wrexham/11.03.84)/
Alex Gregory (Leander Club /Wormington, Glos/11.03.84)

Coach: John West


Alex Partridge (Leander Club /Alton, Hants/25.01.81)/
Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)/
Cameron Nichol (Molesey BC/Glastonbury/26.06.87)/
Will Satch (Leander/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)/
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)/
Greg Searle (Molesey BC/Marlow/20.03.72)/
Tom Ransley (York City RC/Cambridge/06.09.85)/
Daniel Ritchie (Leander Club/Herne Bay/06.01.87)/
Phelan Hill (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)

Coach: Christian Felkel

Single scull

Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School/Coleraine/09.05.83)

Coach: Bill Barry

Double scull

Matthew Wells (Leander Club/Hexham, Northumberland/19.04.79)/
Marcus Bateman (Leander Club/Torquay/16.09.82)

Coach: Mark Earnshaw

Quadruple scull

Stephen Rowbotham (Leander Club/Winscombe, Somerset/11.11.81)/
Tom Solesbury (Leander Club/Petts Wood, Kent/23.09.80)/
Bill Lucas (London RC/Kingswear/13.09.87)/
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)

Coach: Mark Banks



Double scull – Boat 1

Hester Goodsell (Imperial College BC/London/27.06.84)/
Sophie Hosking (London RC/Wimbledon/25.01.86)

Coach: Paul Reedy

Double scull – Boat 2

Kathryn Twyman (OUWBC/Edmonton, Canada/29.03.87)
Andrea Dennis (Imperial College BC/Oxford/03.01.82)/

Coach: Paul Reedy

Single scull (U23)

Katherine Copeland (Tees RC/Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees/01.12.90)

Coach: James Harris



Double scull

Zac Purchase (Marlow RC/Tewkesbury/02.05.86)/
Mark Hunter (Leander Club /Romford, Essex/01.07.78)

Coach: Darren Whiter
Four – Boat 1

Richard Chambers (Leander Club /Coleraine/10.06.85)/
Paul Mattick (Leander Club /Frome, Somerset/25.04.78)/
Rob Williams (London RC/Maidenhead/21.01.85)/
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)

Coach: Rob Morgan

Four – Boat 2 (U23)

John Preston (Reading Uni BC/Durham/16.04.89)/
Jono Clegg (Leander/Maidenhead/14.07.89)/
Will Fletcher (Durham Uni BC/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)/
Jamie Kirkwood (Imperial College BC/Newcastle/30.8.89)

Coach: Rob Dauncey

Pair – Boat 1

Chris Boddy (Leander Club /Stockton-on-Tees/16.11.87)/
Adam Freeman-Pask (Imperial College BC/Windsor/19.06.85)

Coach: Rob Morgan

Pair – Boat 2 (U23)

Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Coleraine/14.3.90)
Kieren Emery (Leander Club/Newcastle/1.6.90)

Coach: Pete Sheppard



Arms & shoulders single scull (ASM1x)

Tom Aggar (Royal Docks RC/London/24.05.84)

Coach: Tom Dyson

Trunk & arms mixed double scull (TAMix2x)

Nick Beighton (Guildford RC/Yateley/29.09.81)
Sam Scowen (Dorney BC/Wokingham/29.10.87)

Coach: Tom Dyson

Legs, trunk & arms mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+)

(Boat 1)
Pamela Relph (Birmingham Uni BC/Aylesbury/14.11.89)
Naomi Riches (Marlow RC/Harrow/15.06.83)
David Smith (Reading Uni BC/Dunfermline/21.04.78)
James Roe (Stratford upon Avon BC/ Stratford upon Avon/28.03.88)
Lily van den Broecke (cox) (Headington School BC/Oxford/08.01.92)

Coach: Mary McLachlan

(Boat 2)
Kelsie Gibson (Maidstone Invicta RC)
Kate Jones (Imperial College BC/Eskdale Green, Cumbria/28.02.86)
Luke Almond (Worcester RC/ Bromyard, Herefordshire/14.05.90)
Ryan Chamberlain (Imperial College BC /Wandsworth, London/03.04.86)
Rhiannon Jones (cox) (Ross RC/Hereford/16.09.87)

Coach: Mary McLachlan



Team Manager & Performance Director: David Tanner
Chief Coach Men: Jürgen Grobler
Chief Coach Women & Lightweights: Paul Thompson
Assistant Team Manager (Adaptives): Louise Kingsley


Assistant Team Manager (admin): Maggie Netto
Sponsorship Liaison: Fran Bullock
Resources Manager: Maurice Hayes
Boatman: John Tetley
Press Officer: Caroline Searle

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The next two world cups are:

Hamburg, Germany, 17-19 June
Lucerne, Switzerland, 8-10 July

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This important season for the nation’s top rowers
culminates in the  World Championships and
Olympic qualifying regatta:


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:



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 test event)

28 – 4 September



European Rowing Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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