Back to day job for GB Rowing Team as Munich crews named

After the glamour of yesterday’s Olympic announcement at Windsor Castle, the Siemens-sponsored GB Rowing Team had its feet back on the ground in training today with the focus firmly on the season’s final world cup in Munich in a week’s time (15-17 June).

Heather Stanning, named today for the Munich Regatta in the women’s pair, summed up the mood when she said: “I’m looking forward to another opportunity to race against the rest of the world and it is a last chance to test ourselves prior to the hard training camps before the Olympics”.

Stanning is part of a now well-established pairing with Helen Glover. For other more recently-formed crews, Munich represents a valuable arena in which to hone their racing skills.

Charles Cousins who races in Munich with Tom Solesbury, Stephen Rowbotham and Matt Wells in the men’s quadruple scull said: “The last few weeks have been pretty tough as we were one of the last boats to be decided. But now the ball is starting to roll and hopefully we’re going to go into Munich improving and can peak just in time for the Olympics”.

Debbie Flood is back in the women’s quadruple scull for the Games and Munich will also prove a chance for this crew, including Frances Houghton, Melanie Wilson and Beth Rodford to bed down.

Houghton said: “I think Munich is going to be really tough. In Lucerne, at the last world cup, the world record went, and not even by the fastest crew in the event. The competition is very strong, but we really believe in each other and we will tackle that challenge each and every day to do the best we can”.

Britain’s more established and regular medal-winning crews, like the men’s eight, are also aware that Munich is important. Mohamed Sbihi, from the 2011 World Silver medal crew, said: “There’s still work to do, the Games are still a long way out. We still need to make sure Munich, our last chance for race practice before the Olympics, is tip top”.

His cox, Phelan Hill, added: “It is really significant to be named as part of Team GB. But at the same time we haven’t achieved anything yet and we’re back in training, almost working harder.

“It’s been frustrating not to have a settled line up but we’ve got another dry run in Munich which gives us two opportunities to race Germany again”. The British eight will compete in Munich with Marcus Bateman in the crew. Bateman, a World sculling medallist in 2010, has transferred in recent weeks to the eights group and is one of four rowers vying for the final place in the eight for London.

Cameron Nichol and Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell, also in contention for that place with Constantine Louloudis, will race as Britain’s entry in the men’s pair in Munich. The GB Rowing Team’s already Games-selected pair of George Nash and Will Satch are rested for Munich.

All other GB crews in the men’s squad, under the guidance of Chief Coach for Men, Jurgen Grobler, are unchanged. Alan Campbell will race the single and will be joined in the event by up-and-coming Start rower Graeme Thomas from Agecroft – his second international event since his A final finish in the double scull at the 2011 European Championships.

Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend are in the double and the men’s four of Alex Gregory, Peter Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge is the line-up which took world cup gold in Lucerne.

Britain’s lightweight squad line-up has one change for Munich from Lucerne. Peter Chambers is back from injury in time to join his older brother Richard, Rob Williams in the Chris Bartley in the four. Lucerne substitute Paul Mattick moves across to the men’s pair with Adam Freeman-Pask and Mike Mottram, who has his sights set on the World U23s this year, has his second world cup start this season in the single.

Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase will race in the lightweight men’s double and Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking contest the equivalent women’s boat. Britain also fields a second women’s double of Imogen Walsh and Andrea Dennis and a lightweight women’s single sculler, Kathryn Twyman.

Paul Thompson is the Chief Coach for Women and Lightweights. He still has some Games selection decisions to take. His women’s eight group of 10 plus a cox has been distributed across an eight and pair for Munich. Jo Cook and Emily Taylor race in the pair. The eight features Olivia Whitlam, Louisa Reeve, Jess Eddie, Lindsey Maguire – who is back from injury – Natasha Page, Annabel Vernon, Katie Greves and Vicky Thornley – who has transferred into the group from the women’s quad – and will be coxed by Caroline O’Connor.

There are no selection issues with the women’s double scull, though. Anna Watkins, a Beijing bronze medallist in this boat, and Katherine Grainger, three times an Olympic silver medallist, will race in Munich as a final tune-up for the Games into which they will go as firm favourites having been unbeaten since they teamed up in early 2010.

GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner spoke at Windsor yesterday of Britain’s Games’ ambitions to equal the tally of six medals won in Beijing. He will be eyeing Munich as a final staging post for a team which he has described as “certainly the strongest team the GB Rowing Team has ever put on the water thanks to unparalleled investment from the National Lottery over the past four years”.

Munich will also be a final racing opportunity for the GB Rowing Team’s adaptive crews who are in training for the Paralympic Games for which the crews will be announced on June 27th.

The Siemens-sponsored and lottery-funded squad will have two crews in Munich. Britain’s mixed coxed four which won World gold in Bled last summer remains unchanged for the Munich regatta with cox Lily van den Broecke from Oxford, Beijing bronze medallist Naomi Riches from Marlow, Pamela Relph from Aylesbury, Aviemore’s ex GB bobsleigher David Smith and James Roe from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Andy Houghton from Newbury, who won silver in Munich in 2009, will represent Britain in the adaptive men’s single scull.

World and Paralympic single scull Champion Tom Aggar and the GB mixed double of Samantha Scowen and Nick Beighton will remain at the team’s training base just outside Reading to concentrate on training.

“Munich is a brilliant opportunity for the four to get some further racing experience and build on the excellent performances they have already put together to win in Bled last year and Varese just recently,” said GB’s lead adaptive coach Tom Dyson.

Van den Broecke, a Durham University student, said: “We want to make our mark in Munich, I’m really excited to see what we can do.”

Her crewmate Relph, who started rowing after having to give up a future career with the Royal Engineers, added: “The atmosphere when we get to training is a lot more exciting now with less than three months to go.

“There’s a lot more purpose to it. We’re getting close to the edge now and we’re all looking forward to racing in Munich.”

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GB Rowing Team: CREW LISTS

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair – two boats

Helen Glover/Heather Stanning
(Robin Williams)

Jo Cook/Emily Taylor
(Nick Strange)

Eight

Olivia Whitlam/Louisa Reeve/Jessica Eddie/Lindsey Maguire/Natasha Page/Annabel Vernon/Katie Greves/Victoria Thornley/Caroline O’Connor (cox)
(Nick Strange)

Double scull

Anna Watkins/Katherine Grainger
(Paul Thompson)

Quadruple scull

Melanie Wilson/Beth Rodford/Frances Houghton/Debbie Flood
(Ade Roberts)

MEN

Pair

Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell/Cameron Nichol
(Paul Stannard)

Four

Alex Gregory/Pete Reed//Tom James/Andrew Triggs Hodge
(Jurgen Grobler)

Eight

Greg Searle/Alex Partridge/Marcus Bateman/Moe Sbihi/Tom Ransley /Ric Eginton/Matt Langridge/James Foad/Phelan Hill (cox)
(John West & Christian Felkel)

Single scull – two boats

Alan Campbell
(Bill Barry)

Graeme Thomas
(Hamish Burrell)

Double scull

Bill Lucas/Sam Townsend
(Mark Earnshaw)

Quadruple scull

Stephen Rowbotham /Tom Solesbury/Charles Cousins/Matt Wells
(Mark Banks)

LIGHTWEIGHTS

WOMEN

Single scull

Kathryn Twyman
(Ben Reed)

Double scull – two boats

Sophie Hosking/Kat Copeland
(Paul Reedy)

Imogen Walsh/Andrea Dennis
(Ben Reed)

MEN

Pair

Paul Mattick/Adam Freeman-Pask
(Rob Morgan/Darren Whiter)

Four

Pete Chambers/Rob Williams/Richard Chambers/Chris Bartley
(Rob Morgan)

Double scull

Zac Purchase/Mark Hunter
(Darren Whiter)

Single scull

Mike Mottram
(Rob Dauncey)

ADAPTIVE CREWS

ASM1x

Andy Houghton
(Mary McLachlan)

LTAMix4+

Pamela Relph/Naomi Riches/David Smith/James Roe/Lily van den Broecke (cox)
(Mary McLachlan)
 
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HOME TOWN LISTS

WOMEN

PAIR (Boat 1)
Helen Glover   Minerva Bath   Penzance   17/06/86   
Heather Stanning   Army RC   Lossiemouth   26/01/85   
Coach: Robin Williams

PAIR (Boat 2)
Jo Cook Leander Club   Sunbury-on-Thames   22/03/84
Emily Taylor   Leander Club   Lincoln   28/06/87
Coach: Nick Strange

             
Eight      
Olivia Whitlam   Agecroft RC   Warrington   16/09/85
Louisa Reeve Leander Club London 16/05/84
Jessica Eddie   Univ of London BC   Durham   07/10/84
Lindsey Maguire Wallingford RC Edinburgh 15/01/1982
Natasha Page Gloucester RC Hartpury 30/04/85
Annabel Vernon Leander Club Wadebridge 01/09/82
Katie Greves   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            
                         
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            
Melanie Wilson   Imperial College BC   London   25/06/84
Beth Rodford   Gloucester RC   Gloucester   28/12/82  
Frances Houghton   Leander Club   Oxford   19/09/80   
Debbie Flood Leander Club Guiseley, W Yorks 27/02/1980  
Coach: Ade Roberts            
              
MEN
           
Pair
Nathaniel Reilly O’Donnell Uni of London BC Durham 13/04/88
Cameron Nichol Molesey BC Glastonbury 26/06/87
Coach: Paul Stannard
          
Four      
Alex Gregory   Leander Club   Wormington   11/03/84
Pete Reed   Leander Club   Nailsworth, Glos   27/07/81
Tom James   Molesey BC   Wrexham   11/03/84     
Andrew Triggs Hodge   Molesey BC   Hebden, N. Yorks   03/03/79   
Coach: Jürgen Grobler            
              
Eight            
Greg Searle   Molesey BC   Marlow   20/03/72
Alex Partridge   Leander Club   Alton, Hants   25/01/81
Marcus Bateman Leander Club Torquay 16/09/1982
Mohamed Sbihi   Molesey BC   Surbiton   27/03/88
Tom Ransley   York City RC   Cambridge   06/09/85
Richard Egington   Leander Club   Knutsford   26/02/79
Matthew Langridge   Leander Club   Northwich   20/05/83
James Foad   Molesey BC   Southampton   20/03/87
Cox – Phelan Hill   Leander   Bedford   21/07/79
Coaches: John West & Christian Felkel
              
Single Scull   (Boat 1)        
Alan Campbell   Tideway Scullers School   Coleraine   09/05/83
Coach: Bill Barry
     
Single Scull (Boat 2)
Graeme Thomas Agecroft RC Preston 08/11/1988
Coach: Hamish Burrell

Double Scull            
Bill Lucas   London RC   Kingswear   13/09/87   
Sam Townsend   Reading Univ BC   Reading   26/11/85   
Coach: Mark Earnshaw            
              
Quadruple Scull 
Stephen Rowbotham   Leander Club   Winscombe, Somerset   11/11/81
Tom Solesbury Leander Club Petts Wood, Kent 23/09/80
Charles Cousins   Reading Univ BC   Willingham, Cambs   13/12/88
Matthew Wells   Leander Club   Hexham, Northumberland   19/04/79
Coach: Mark Banks
              
LIGHTWEIGHTS

WOMEN

Single Scull
Kathryn Twyman   Wallingford RC   Oxford   29/03/87
Coach: Ben Reed
              
Double Scull (Boat 1)
Sophie Hosking   London RC   Wimbledon   25/01/86   
Katherine Copeland   Tees RC   Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees   01/12/90
Coach: Paul Reedy
              
Double Scull (Boat 2)
Imogen Walsh London RC Inverness 17/01/1984
Andrea Dennis Imperial College BC Oxford 03/01/1982
Coach: Ben Reed
             
MEN
           
Pair
Paul Mattick Leander Club Frome 25/04/1978
Adam Freeman-Pask Imperial College BC Windsor 19/06/1985
Coach: Rob Morgan/Darren Whiter   
              
Four            
Pete Chambers Oxford Brookes University BC Oxford 14/03/1990
Rob Williams   London RC   Maidenhead   21/01/85   
Richard Chambers   Leander Club   Coleraine   10/06/85
Chris Bartley   Leander Club   Chester   02/02/84   
Coach: Rob Morgan            

Double Scull
Zac Purchase   Marlow RC   Tewkesbury   02/05/86   
Mark Hunter   Leander Club   Romford, Essex   01/07/78   
Coach: Darren Whiter

Single Scull
Mike Mottram Leander Club Stoke Mandeville 08/06/1990
Coaches: Rob Dauncey

ADAPTIVE CREWS

ASM1x
Andy Houghton Maidenhead RC Newbury 01/04/1981
Coach: Tom Dyson

LTAMix4+
Pamela Relph Leander Club Aylesbury 14/11/1989
Naomi Riches Marlow RC Harrow 15/06/1983
David Smith Molesey BC Ascot 21/04/1978
James Roe Stratford-upon-Avon BC Stratford-upon-Avon 28/03/1988
Lily van den Broecke Headington School BC Oxford 08/01/1992
Coach: Mary McLachlan

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RACING SCHEDULE – all local German times

Thursday 14 June
18.30 – 19.30 Adaptive heats

Friday 15 June
08.30- 17.20 Heats and repechages
18.00 – 18.56 – Adaptive repechages

Saturday 16 June
09.00 – 16.04 – Reps, quarters & semi-finals
16.30 – 18.10 – Finals of the international classes
18.40 – 19.48 – adaptive Finals

Sunday 17 June

09.20 – 13.55 A and B Finals

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