GB Rowing Team men’s eight re-shuffled for Lucerne and Henley

The GB Rowing Team continues to refine its open men’s line-ups as the World Rowing Cup moves to its third and final stage in Lucerne, Switzerland, from July 11-13.

Paul Bennett and Matt Gotrel have moved from the men’s pair, in which they made an impact by taking bronze in Aiguebelette just over a week ago, to the eight that won an exciting silver.

Both are exciting, relative newcomers to the sport of rowing. Bennett has come into the squad after learning his craft at the University of London and the Boat Race. Gotrel, a strong junior international sailor, has progressed from the GB Rowing Team’s Start programme – a unique talent identification and development scheme that “grew” 30% of the London 2012 medallists.

Tom Ransley and Constantine Louloudis, part of the GB Rowing Team Olympic bronze-medal winning crew in 2012, both make a return to the crew in which Ransley is also a World Champion.

Ransley returns after an injury lay-off and via the second-ranked men’s four boat that reached the world cup finals 10 days ago. Louloudis has won his seat through internal team testing since finishing his university studies for this year.

The crew, stroked again by Will Satch, and coxed by Phelan Hill, will also contest the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday 6 July.

The shake up sees James Foad and Matt Langridge take up the challenge of the men’s pair at both Henley and Lucerne whilst Alan Sinclair and Scott Durant race a men’s pair at Henley and a coxed men’s pair at Lucerne, steered by Henry Fieldman.

“It is a gradual process of selection during the season as we move towards the World Championships in Amsterdam in August “, said Chief Coach for Men, Jurgen Grobler.

One new boat for Lucerne will be a lightweight women’s quad. The core of this boat will be the silver medal double from Aiguebelette of newcomer Charlotte Taylor and 2013 World Under 23 Champion Ellie Piggott. They are joined by Ruth Walczak, silver medallist in the single in Aiguebelette and Brianna Stubbs, Piggott’s 2013 doubles’ partner and U23 World Champion.

Elsewhere the GB Rowing Team is largely unchanged for Lucerne from the squad that performed so strongly in Aiguebelette.

Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning race the women’s pair. The women’s double and quad are unchanged as is the top lightweight women’s double scull.

Ten women have been named for the women’s pair and the eight to be coxed by Zoe de Toledo at both Lucerne and Henley.

For Henley the lightweight and open women’s quads will race in the same event and the women’s eight will take part in the Remenham Challenge Cup.

Alex Gregory, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash and Andrew Triggs Hodge – all Olympic medallists from 2012 in different boats – were in stunning form to win world cup men’s four gold in France and home spectators will have the chance to see them in action at Henley before they race in Lucerne.

The open weight men’s double and Olympic bronze medallist in the single Alan Campbell will contest both regattas as will the world cup men’s quad winners in France – Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert. Campbell returns after the birth of his daughter two weeks ago.

The lightweight men’s four and double will race unchanged in Lucerne, where they will be joined by Adam Freeman-Pask in the single scull, but will not race at Henley.

“We are pleased to race our top boats at Henley Royal Regatta in its 175th anniversary year with some of our top-line crews and look forward to seeing how they race there before we take on what looks set to be another strong field at the world cup in the following week. We had some tremendous results in France at the last world cup and, whilst Lucerne hasn’t historically been the place where we shine the brightest, we are in good shape as a squad before our summer pre-Worlds training camps”, said GB Rowing Team Performance Director, Sir David Tanner.

The para-rowing crews will not race in Lucerne but will now focus on their preparations for the World Championships.

BBC TV will cover the world cupWorld Rowing Cup III with a highlights programme on Monday 14 July from 16.00 – 17.30. The day’s delay is to avoid clashing with the world cup football finals.

CREW LISTS (Includes club, home town, date of birth)
GB Rowing Team for the World Rowing Cup III
Lucerne, Switzerland 11-13 July



Pair – Boat 1

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)/
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coaches: Robin Williams & Paul Thompson

Pair – Boat 2
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)/
Monica Relph (Leander Club/Cambridge/15.01.88)


Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)/
Louisa Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)/
Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)/
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial BC/London/29.04.86)/
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)/
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond, N. Yorks/15.12.85)/
Polly Swann (Leander Club/Edinburgh/15.06.88)/
Caragh McMurtry (Reading Univ BC/Southampton/22.08.91)/
Zoe de Toledo (cox) (Leander Club/London/17.07.87)
Coach: James Harris

Double scull

Frances Houghton (Leander Club/Oxford/19.09.80)/
Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coaches: Paul Thompson & Robin Williams

Quadruple scull

Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)/
Lucinda Gooderham (Leander Club/Norfolk/09.06.84)/
Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)/
Victoria Meyer-Laker (Leander Club/Premnay/18.03.88)
Coach: Nick Strange




James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)/
Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Coxed Pair

Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Inverness/16.10.85)/
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88)/
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Imperial College BC/Barnes, London/25.11.88)/
Coach: Rob Dauncey


Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)/
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)/
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/10.02.89)/
Andrew Triggs Hodge (Molesey BC/Hebden, N. Yorks/03.03.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler


Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)/
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Cambridge/16.09.85)/
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)/
Matthew Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)/
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth, Glos/27.07.81)/
Constantine Louloudis (Oxford Univ BC/London/15.09.91)/
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)/
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)/
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/London & Bedford/21.07.79)
Coaches: Christian Felkel & Jurgen Grobler

Single Scull

Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School/Coleraine/09.05.83)/
Coach: John West

Double scull

John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)/
Jonathan Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple scull

Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)/
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)/
Charles Cousins (Leander Club/Willingham/13.12.88)/
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard



Double scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)/
Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ashington/01.12.90)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Quadruple scull

Brianna Stubbs (Wallingford RC/Headington/13.07.91)/
Ruth Walczak ((Molesey BC/Rochdale/15.09.88)/
Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC/Olney/16.05.91)/
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Tom Evens




Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)/
Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)/
Mark Aldred (London RC/London/18.04.87)/
Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)/
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Single Scull

Adam Freeman-Pask (Reading Univ BC/Windsor/19.06.85)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Double scull

William Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)/
Jamie Kirkwood (Leander Club/Creswell/30.08.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter


The following GB crews will race at Henley Royal Regatta:

The men’s pair, four and eight (as listed above)
The men’s single, double and quadruple scull (as listed above)
The women’s eight and (from those listed above)
The women’s quadruple scull (as listed above)
The lightweight women’s quadruple scull racing in the open weight event
A second men’s pair of Sinclair and S Durant (racing in the coxed pair in Lucerne as per list above).

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