Two golds, a silver and a bronze for GB Rowing Team at Worlds in Bled

“Masterful and mature” was how GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner described Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger‘s World Championships victory in the women’s double scull on Slovenia’s Lake Bled today.

[newsimage=0]Britain also won gold in the lightweight women’s quadruple scull, silver in the men’s pair and a bronze from Alan Campbell in the men’s single scull.

For Watkins and Grainger the second successive World title was sweeter than 2010 as Watkins struggled early  in this season with a back injury.

“It was a fantastic race for us, really really challenging”, said Grainger.
“It was a much tougher run into the World Championships this year. It was a huge challenge and we rose to it brilliantly and it’s absolutely the best preparation for next year”, added Watkins of the coming Olympic season.

Olympic men’s four champions Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed fought determinedly to break Eric Murray and Hamish Bond’s  stronghold on the World men’s pair title but the Kiwis proved too strong in a race which was conducted at such pace that the winning crew was only half a second off a world best time in still rather than tailwind conditions.

Reed and Hodge took silver with Italy in bronze rather than the expected Canadian challenge from Beijing medallists Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen.

“That was a fast race, almost world record pace”, said Hodge afterwards. “Whatever happens next it will be the same for every single member of the GB team aiming for London.  We will go away and train harder, be more determined and totally focussed on the next 11 months”.

Alan Campbell followed the men’s pair medal with bronze in the men’s single scull.  A gutsy first-half performance guaranteed him the medal but, having set the early pace, he lacked the strength to hold off winner Mahe Drysdale and silver medallist Ondrej Synek.

“That was a brave race.  It’s good to see Alan back in a complete transformation of his earlier season difficulties”, said Tanner.

“I would have liked to get the gold in this race but it was so painful in the second half. I had to take the risk. I wanted to stretch the field out”,  said Campbell.

Earlier the British team picked up a big bonus in the shape of gold in the international class lightweight women’s quad. Steph Cullen, Imogen Walsh, Kathryn Twyman and Andrea Dennis led from start to bubble-line finish to win in style.

[newsimage=1]Paralympic hopefuls Nick Beighton and Sam Scowen closed out their debut World Championships with a sixth place finish in the final whilst the British men’s quad won their B final to qualify this boat for London 2012 – finishing  their campaign here strongly after a slow start.

With more finals to come tomorrow, Britain has already qualified 13 of a potential 14 boats, featuring 47 rowers, for the Olympic Games and three Paralympic boats. Frances Houghton races the B final of the women’s single scull tomorrow to see if GB can get the full Olympic set.

“Our Olympic class medals have been very strong today and it was a big bonus to get gold in the light women’s quad, said

Tanner. “We can also be very pleased with our semi-finals, especially the men’s four and lightweight men’s double. Neither final tomorrow will be easy but they have put themselves in a good position”.

The same applies to the mixed adaptive coxed four who cruised to victory ahead of Canada in their semi-final today. 

Sophie Hosking and Hester Goodsell also qualified today for tomorrow’s final in the lightweight women’s double scull with a tight third place in today’s semis.

*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 Teams’ Start and High Performance Programme in Clubs Schemes)

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Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins are world champions once again.  This time round it meant more given a lead-in disrupted by Watkins’ back injury.

[newsimage=2]”It’s certainly sweeter than last time round”, said Watkins of the victory in 6:44.73 during which the GB combination were chased down the course by Kerry Hore and Kim Crow of Australia.

“They gave us a tough race”, said Grainger.  “They are a very impressive crew to race against and we knew we wouldn’t have it all our own way like we had last year. We really worked to get that win. We are really over the moon and loved every minute of it”.

“It’s been a much tougher run into the world championships this year”, said Watkins.

“We will now give ourselves a little break – a mental and physical break – we will need that as we’ve got to give it everything we’ve got in the next year”, said Watkins of the impending Olympic challenge.

Although they were pressed by the Australians the British double never gave up the lead today. They were over a second up at halfway and kept the gap solid until the line. Behind Australia and New Zealand, the ever-present New Zealanders took bronze with the Ukraine in fourth.

Was this to be the day when Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed overcame their perennial vanquishers Hamish Bond and Eric Murray of New  Zealand? Or would Canada, Italy, Germany or Greece come along and upset the world’s top two crews since 2009?

For British fans there was a sinking feeling as Reed and Hodge were third to the 500m in today’s final – a touch behind Greece but well down on New Zealand.

In the second quarter of the race the New Zealanders piled on the pressure.  Hodge and Reed began to show marginally and then handily ahead of Greece. But the gap with New Zealand remained significant.

In the distance, down the lake, the boats’ blades flashed in the sunshine. It was too hard to see with the naked eye but the TV pictures were telling a harsh story.  New Zealand were still dominating the third quarter of the race. The gap had narrowed a little but there was still clear water between the New Zealand stern and the GB bow-ball.

Past the Island the water bobbled in a sudden breath of breeze.  Italy attacked a little but the British held them off and then burst for the line. Not quite enough for gold, they had the overlap but still the Kiwis were jubilant. A third world title in three years. Reed bowed his head in the bow-seat for GB. Murray smashed his fist skyward in the winning boat. The times were 6:14.77 for New Zealand and 6:16.27 for Great Britain.  Italy were third in 6:21.33.

“We just didn’t have that really silky feeling we had in yesterday’s semi”, said Hodge.  “That felt a bit more like hard work and we only found that speed towards halfway and by then it was too late”.

“We’ve had unwavering support from the Brits”, said Reed.  “No matter what happens from now, that support means a lot to us”.

Alan Campbell‘s bitter-sweet season had a medal ending today in the men’s single scull – even if he felt it wasn’t of the colour he wanted.

Alan Campbell: “I would have liked to get the gold in this race but it was so painful in the second half. I had to take the risk. I wanted to stretch the field out and leave it down to just the hard men. Unfortunately I wasn’t hard enough today. But it’s another medal for GB”.

Campbell went out early and led for the first half of the race. He was a touch ahead of Synek, with his great friend but also rival Mahe Drysdale of NZ in third.

These three were always going to be the medal winners from that point onwards.   That is when Drysdale made his move for the front and held on to win in 6:39.56 to Synek’s close-run 6:40.05.  Campbell tailed off in the run to the line, paying for the initial pace.

His wavering form this season has been caused by the glandular symptoms that he preferred to keep quiet until today rather than fuel the opposition.

Steph Cullen, Imogen Walsh, Kathryn Twyman and Andrea Dennis qualified for the lightweight women’s quadruple scull final by winning their heat on Monday in one of the Championships’ tightest finishes.

Starting today’s race in lane three they had China to their right and Italy to their left.   The British combination, coached by Ben Reed, were leading at 500m with Italy, China and the USA all close and pressing.

At halfway a roar went up as the commentator announced them still in the lead. It was close, though, with Italy. In  the third 500m the British moved out to a much stronger advantage and China nudged ahead of Italy who were now third.

China, not happy with second, now attacked the GB lead. They picked up the pace but had left it too late.  Victory to GB by a boat length.  China second and the USA third,  just pipping Italy by a single hundredth of a second.

“That’s the best race ever. You don’t expect to lead out a World championships final like that from the first stroke to the line.  I was  determined though to take each stroke as it came because I knew that China had a sprint on them and I wasn’t going to take anything for granted. World Champion! It hasn’t sunk in yet”, said Steph Cullen.

“Yes it felt good winning. It was good to be able to enjoy those last few strokes”, said Walsh.  “It wasn’t sure, though,  until the last 100m”.

Andrea Dennis said: “My plan is always to go as fast as we can from start to finish so it was just a case of head down and go. We’ve been going well and the whole squad is just so strong. We’ve been fighting amongst ourselves to get into the boats and we really believed in our strength.

“I’m so thrilled. I’ve never dared to think about what it would feel like to stand on the podium in first place and hear the national anthem. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Kathryn Twyman: “It is just fantastic. We wanted to improve our first 500m and I think we executed the plan. I loved it.”

Twice world champions Dmytro Ivanov and Iryna Kyrychenko of the Ukraine took the early lead in today’s mixed adaptive double scull.

Britain has a very fresh combination in this event with  Sam Scowen and Nick Beighton. The latter is very new into rowing and still learning his craft. Scowen was a 2009 world finalist. With Paralympic qualification behind them by reaching the final the British duo were in today’s race to lap up the experience and gauge where they have reached in the world order.

At the halfway mark Ukraine were still ahead with China a close second.  France were third and Britain were back in sixth.

At the head of the field China overhauled Ukraine whilst Britain began to make up ground on Italy but did not quite have enough to get fifth on their debut at this level. Sixth, then, in 4:10.76. Victory to China, France in second and Australia third. No medal for the Ukrainians.

Matt Langridge, Ric Egington, Tom James and Alex Gregory arrived here in Bled as world cup winners from Lucerne in July.  That puts them amongst the favourites to win medals here.

But as Anna Watkins, from the GB double said yesterday, the semi-finals can be a “big banana skin” in rowing even for those who are tipped for success.

The Netherlands were the first to show at the start of today’s race but not by much in a three-boat chase to the first marker at 500m with Great Britain and the USA. In the second 500m the British boat set out to make sure not only of qualification for tomorrow’s final but also for this boat category at the London 2012 Games.

By halfway they had a length lead.  In the third 500m they kept the power on and worked hard to maintain that lead and had over four seconds on the field as the boats came past the Island and were cheered on by the packed British section of the stands.

The USA were still in second and the Dutch were third.  British strokeman Gregory had the best view in the house as he maintained the power to the line with GB taking the win in 5:55.31. The USA held off the Dutch to qualify for tomorrow’s final in second place.

Greece, Australia and Germany qualified from the  other semi-final in that order.

“I think it’s frustrating to have five days between the heat [raced on Sunday 28 August] and our semis but I think we dealt with that really well.

“We had a good first 1000m today and there are more things we can do in the second half. So I’m pretty pleased with how it went today and happy to have won and got through to tomorrow’s final”, said James.

Egington added:  “I haven’t really thought about London qualifying. That’s job done and I’m happy to have qualified for the final”.

Greece and Great Britain were the early leaders of the lightweight men’s double scull semi-final on Lake Bled this morning featuring Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase the reigning world and Olympic champions for GB – a  combination which has been ruffled this year in its World Championships preparation by a post-viral episode for Purchase.  China were not far behind, tucked in third and followed by Denmark.

Hardly a ripple showed on the surface of the lake with the odd puff of light breeze, as Hunter and Purchase led the race through the halfway point . China had moved up into second with Greece in third being challenged by Denmark.

By 1500m the British lead was still dominant and Greece had lost out to Denmark in the hunt for qualifying places  for tomorrow’s final.

As Hunter and Purchase kept a wary eye across the  field to the Danes, they kept up the rhythm to the line to take the honours in 6:22.28 with Denmark second and China third.

These three crews will be joined in tomorrow’s final  by New Zelaand, Germany and Italy from the faster of the two semis.  “It was fairy relaxed today.  We had a solid first 750m nad then sat in front.  I think that the fact we haven’t raced very much this year means that having several races here has helped us make improvements’, said Purchase.

Sophie Hosking and Hester Goodsell were second in the  early phase of their semi-finals of the lightweight women’s double scull.  Kalampoka and Giazitzidou are already three-times World U23 champions and they had a length on the field at halfway with the GB duo in third, marginally behind the Chinese.

Hosking, at stroke, sneaked a look around at 1200m gone as the British duo upped the pace.  They moved up into second and narrowed the gap on Greece to a length.

Up came the Kiwis to the inside of the British in the final 500m to take second and Goodsell and Hosking needed every ounce of determination and effort to take the verdict for third place on the line from China by just four hundredths  of a second.  Such are the margins here between ecstasy and anguish as every crew is striving not just to be the best they can be but also to qualify for 2012.

Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic, Annekatrin Thiele of Germany and Emma Twigg of New Zealand took the women’s single scull semi-final featuring Britain’s Frances Houghton through its early paces today.   Frances Houghton was four seconds off the lead and had a big task to get back close to qualifying for the final.

To be fair, Houghton has only recently started racing in the single after seasons in the GB women’s quad in which she won two Olympic silvers and several world titles. She is also coming back to fitness after injury. Perhaps the thought was to conserve energy for tomorrow’s final in which only three qualifying slots for London 2012 are available.

At halfway, though, the GB sculler had moved up into fifth place and in the third 500m she edged past Estonia into fourth.  Still the gap on a qualifying place was eight seconds.

At the head of the field Knapkova took victory with Twigg in second and Thiele in third.  Houghton was fourth in 7:46.37.

Great Britain looked strong in qualifying for the final of tomorrow’s mixed adaptive coxed four. The new-look GB combination in 2011 of Pam Relph, Naomi Riches, Dave Smith, James Roe and cox Lily van den Broecke were two seconds up on Canada by halfway and progressed smoothly to victory in 3:26.83.  Canada were second and France third.

“We had a good, solid first half today. We did what we needed to do”, said James Roe

“It’s such an exciting feeling in terms of the whole one year plan to have qualified the boat for the Games.  We’re obviously focussed now on the race tomorrow but that will be a big stepping stone in terms of the Paralympics”, said van den Broecke.

Great Britain started in determined mode in the B final of the men’s quadruple scull and were leading by just over a second in the first quarter from the Ukraine and Switzerland.

At halfway the chasing pack tried to erode that lead. Britain still had a canvas advantage at halfway.  Behind them Switzerland had moved up into second with the USA third.

In a full-out and long charge towards the line the British boat kept their form and rhythm to take the win and seventh place overall here in 5:48.25 with the USA and Switzerland in second and third. The victory put this GB boat category courtesy of Sam Townsend, Bill Lucas, Stephen Rowbotham and  Tom Solesbury emphatically in the 2012 frame.

“It will motivate me in training through the winter”, said Solesbury.  “If we had been 1.5 seconds quicker we would have been up there challenging for the gold and on the one hand that’s very hard to take but on the other it will give me a lot of motivation for training for next year”.

Lucas, said :  “It feels good to have qualified for the Games but it’s not what we wanted from here.  It’s not really much consolation to be honest. We wanted to be challenging in the main final.  So, today, we wanted to show what we were capable of”.

Townsend added:  “We intended to go out and make sure we were the ones defending the lead rather than fighting to get back.  I was really pleased the way we got off and the aggression we showed.  After the  finishes we have had this week we were going to make sure we weren’t on the wrong side of it today”.

Rowbotham said: “There was a little bit of anger left over from yesterday. We just got that lead from the start. It wasn’t a pretty row, we just got out there and did what we needed to do”.

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(Events featuring GB Rowing Team crews only. Full results:




Double scull

1.  Anna Watkins/Katherine Grainer (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:44.73
2.  Kerry Hore/Kim Crow (Australia) 6:45.98
3.  Fiona Paterson/Anna Reymer (New Zealand) 6:46.74
4.  Anastasiia Kozhenkova/Yana Dementieva (Ukraine) 6:49.54
5.  Magadalena Fularczyk/Julia Michalska (Poland) 6:54.22
5.  Jitka & Lenka Antosova (Czech Republic) 7:04.06



1.  Eric Murray/Hamish Bond (New Zealand) 6:14.77
2.  Pete Reed/Andrew Triggs Hodge (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:16.27
3.  Niccolo Mornati/Lorenzo Carboncini (Italy) 6:21.33
4.  Nikolas & Apostolos Gkountoulas (Greece) 6:2.13
5.  Scott Frandsen/Dave Calder (Canada) 6:28.63
6.  Maximilian Munski/Felix Drahotta (Germany) 6:37.94

Single scull

1.  Mahe Drysdale (New Zealand) 6:39.56
2.  Ondrej Synek (Czech Republic) 6;40.05
3.  Alan Campbell (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:44.86
4.  Marcel Hacker (Germany) 6:46.91
5.  Lassi Karonen (Sweden) 6:48.22
6.  Olaf Tufte (Norway) 6:55.25



Quadruple scull

1.  Steph Cullen/Imogen Walsh/Kathryn Twyman/Andrea
    Dennis (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:28.14
2.  China 6:30.41
3.  USA 6:33.92
4.  Italy 6:33.92
5.  Germany 6:36.23
6.  Australia 6:38.52


Mixed double scull

1.  Lou Xiaoxin/Fei Tianming (China) 4:01.81
2.  Perle Bouge/Stephane Tardieu (France) 4:02.98
3.  John Maclean/Kathryn Ross (Australia) 4:05.13
4.  Dmytro Ivanov/Iryna Kyrychenko (Ukraine) 4:05.41
5.  Daniele Stefanoni/Silvia De Maria (Italy) 4:09.25
6.  Nick Beighton/Sam Scowen (GREAT BRITAIN) 4:10.76




Single scull

1.  Mirka Knapkova (Czech Republic) 7:27.13
2.  Emma Twigg (New Zealand) 7:31.05
3.  Annekatrin Thiele (Germany) 7:32.48
4.  Frances Houghton (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:46.37
5.  Kaisa Pajusualu (Estonia) 7:48.44
6.  Julia Levina (Russia) 7:58.11



1.  Matt Langridge/Ric Egington/Tom James/Alex Gregory
     (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:55.31
2.  USA 5:57.29
3.  Netherlands 5:57.41
4.  Belarus 5:58.21
5.  Serbia 6:24.72
6.  Czech Republic 6:36.67



Double scull

1.  Christina Giazitzidou/Alexandra Tsiavou (Greece) 7:04.56
2.  Lucy Strack/Louise Ayling (New Zealand) 7:05.68
3.  Hester Goodsell/Sophie Hosking (GREAT BRITAIN) 7:07.40
4.  Huang Wenyi/Pan Feihong (China) 7:07.44
5.  Laura Milani/Enrica Marasca (Italy) 7:11.76
6.  Jo Hammond/Evi Geentjens (Belgium) 7:15.05


Double scull

1.  Zac Purchase/Mark Hunter (GREAT BRITAIN) 6:22.28
2.  Mads Rasmussen/Rasmus Quist (Denmark) 6:23.61
3.  Zhang Fangbing/Wang Tiexin (China) 6:24.14
4.  Pedro Fraga/Nuno Mendes (Portugal) 6:26.21
5.  Elftherios Konsolas/Magdanis Panagiotis  6:27.10
6.  Milosz Jankowski/Mariusz Stanczuk (Poland) 6:55.22


Mixed coxed four

1.  Pam Relph/Naomi Riches/Dave Smith/James Roe/
     Lily van den Broecke (coc) (GREAT BRITAIN)  3:26.83
2.  Canada 3:29.48
3.  France  3:33.54
4.  Ukraine  3:36.82
5.  Brazil  3:42.22
6.  Poland  3:52.19




Quadruple scull

1.  Tom Solesbury/Stephen Rowbotham/Sam Townsend/
     Bill Lucas (GREAT BRITAIN) 5:48.25
2.  USA 5:49.06
3.  Swizterland 5:49.08
4.  New Zealand 5:50.06
5.  Ukraine 5:50.56
6.  Cuba 5:50.69

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2011 World Rowing Championships, sponsored by Samsung
August 28 – September 4, 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


Alison Knowles (Thames RC/Bournemouth/27.03.82)/
Jo Cook (Leander Club/Sunbury-on-Thames/22.03.84)/
Jessica Eddie (Univ of London BC/Durham/07.10.84)/
Lindsey Maguire (Wallingford RC/Edinburgh/15.01.82)/
Natasha Page (Gloucester RC/Hartpury/30.04.85)/
Louisa Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)/
Katie Solesbury (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)/
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)/
Caroline O’Connor (cox) (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Ealing, London/25.04.83)

Coach: Nick Strange

Single scull

Frances Houghton (Leander/Oxford/19.09.80)

Coach: TBC

Double scull

Anna Watkins (Leander Club/Leek, Staffs/13.02.83)/
Katherine Grainger (St. Andrew BC/Aberdeen/12.11.75)

Coach: Paul Thompson

Quadruple scull

Debbie Flood (Leander Club/Guiseley/27.02.80)/
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.02.82)/
Annabel Vernon (Leander Club/Wadebridge/01.09.82)/
Melanie Wilson (Imperial College BC/London/25.06.84)/

Coach: Ade Roberts


Ro Bradbury (Leander/Banstead, Surrey/17.12.88)
Emily Taylor (Leander/Lincoln/28.06.87)




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


Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)/
Cameron Nichol (Molesey BC/Glastonbury/26.06.87)/
James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)/
Alex Partridge (Leander Club /Alton, Hants/25.01.81)/
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 (cox) (Leander Club/Bedford/21.07.79)

Coach: Christian Felkel

Single scull

Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers/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

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

Coach: Mark Banks


Tom Broadway (Leander Club/Newport Pagnell/21.08.82)
Constantine Louloudis (Isis BC/London/15.09.91)/
George Nash (Cambridge Uni BC/Guildford/02.10.89)



Single scull

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

Coach: James Harris

Double scull

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

Coach: Paul Reedy

Quadruple scull

Steph Cullen (London RC/Bury, Lancs/27.11.80)/
Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)/
Kathryn Twyman (OUWBC/Edmonton, Canada/29.03.87)/
Andrea Dennis (Imperial College BC/Oxford/03.01.82)/

Coach: Ben Reed




Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Uni BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)/
Kieren Emery (Leander Club/Newcastle-upon-Tyne/01.06.1990)

Coach: Peter Sheppard       


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

Coach: Rob Morgan

Single scull

Adam Freeman-Pask (Imperial College BC/Windsor/19.06.85)

Coach: Darren Whiter

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

Coach: Darren Whiter



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+)

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

Coach: Mary McLachlan



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

Medical & Sports Science:

Doctor: Ann Redgrave
Lead Physio:  Mark Edgar
Physios:  Liz Arnold, Sally Brown
Psychologist:  Chris Shambrook
Physiologists:  Craig Williams
Nutritionist:  Wendy Martinson


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

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(events featuring GB crews only)

Thursday 1 September

Women’s pair and quad; 
Men’s eight
Lightweight men’s pair

Friday 2 September

Women’s eight and quad;
Men’s double
Lightweight men’s four
Lightweight men’s and women’s single sculls
Men’s adaptive single scull

Saturday 3 September

Women’s double
Men’s pair, single and squad
Lightweight women’s quad
Mixed adaptive double scull

Sunday 4 September
Women’s single
Men’s four
Lightweight men’s and women’s double sculls
Mixed adaptive coxed four


Sunday 28 August- Morning

Heats of the:

Women’s pair, double and quadruple scull;
Men’s pair, eight, double and quadruple scull;
Lightweight men’s single, pair and four.

Sunday 28 August – Afternoon

Heats of the:

Women’s single;
Men’s four and single scull;
Lightweight men’s double scull

Monday 29 August – morning

Heats of the:

Women’s eight,
Men’s coxed pair;
Lightweight women’s double and quadruple scull
Adaptive women’s and men’s single sculls; mixed double and coxed four

Repechages of the:

Women’s pair and single and quadruple scull;
Men’s four, eight and single and double scull;
Lightweight men’s pair, four and single and double scull

Tuesday 30 August – morning

Repechages of the:

Women’s double
Men’s pair and quad
Lightweight women’s single
Adaptive men’s and women’s single, mixed double and coxed four

Quarterfinals of the:

Men’s double
LIghtweight men’s four and single

Wednesday 31 August  – Morning

Repechages of the:

Women’s eight and single
Men’s coxed pair
Lightweight women’s double and quad and men’s quad

Quarter-finals of the:

Men’s four and single
Lightweight men’s double scull

Semi-finals of the:

Women’s pair and quadruple scull
Men’s eight
LIghtweight men’s pair
Adaptive women’s single scull

Thursday 1 September – Morning

Semi-finals of:

Men’s double scull
Lightweight men’s four and single scull
LIghtweight women’s single scull
Adaptive men’s single scull

B Finals of the:

Women’s pair and quadruple scull
Men’s eight
Lightweight men’s pair


Women’s pair and quadruple scull
Men’s eight
Lightweight men’s pair
Adaptive women’s single scull and mixed ID coxed four

Friday 2 September – morning

Semi-finals of the:

Women’s double
Men’s pair, single and quadruple scull
Adaptive mixed double scull

B-Finals of the:

Women’s eight
Men’s double and coxed pair
Lightweight men’s four and women’s and men’s single scull
Adaptive men’s single scull

FINALS of the:

Women’s eight
Men’s double and coxed pair
Lightweight men’s four, men’s and women’s single scull
Adaptive men’s single scull

Saturday 3 September – Morning

Semi-finals of the:

Women’s single
Men’s four
Lightweight men’s and women’s double scull
Adaptive mixed coxed four

B Finals of the:

Women’s double scull
Men’s pair and single and quadruple scull
Mixed adaptive double scull

FINALS of the:

Women’s four and double scull
Men’s pair and single and quadruple scull
Lightweight women’s quadruple scull
Mixed adaptive double scull

Sunday 4 September

B Finals of the:

Women’s single scull
Men’s four
Lightweight men’s and women’s double scull
Adaptive mixed coxed four

FINALS of the:

Women’s single scull
Men’s four
Lightweight men’s and women’s double scull, men’s quadruple
scull and eight
Adaptive mixed coxed four

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BBC TV and Radio Coverage from Bled


Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September
Red button coverage -more details to follow

Saturday 3 September
1400-1630, BBC One/online

Sunday 4 September
1545-1700, BBC Two/online

RADIO 5 Live Sports Extra on DAB Radio

Thursday 1 September

From 11.15

Friday 2 September

From 10.55

Saturday 3 September

From midday live on 5 Live (not 5 Live Sports Extra)

Sunday 4 September

From 10.55

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