GB trials altered due to bad weather

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The GB Rowing Team’s first Winter Assessment of the Rio 2016 Olympiad will go ahead in Boston tomorrow despite the bad weather – but rowers will now only be tested indoors.

More than 250 GB hopefuls and a handful of returning Olympians, including London 2012 gold medallist Kat Copeland, will complete a 2km ergo (indoor rowing machine test) at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Lincolnshire on Saturday.

A planned 5km, on-water, time-trial the following day has been called off due to the conditions.

“The forecast is for strong winds and rain and we have therefore, with reluctance, taken the decision to cancel the 5km Water Assessment on Sunday,” said the GB Rowing Team’s performance director David Tanner.

The assessment is compulsory for any newcomers wanting to trial for the GB Rowing Team senior squads for the 2013 season which features a home world cup at Eton Dorney – the Olympic rowing venue – on June 21-23, 2013.

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