FEATURE: George Nash still looking to prove himself as Olympic Trials draw closer
He may be an Olympic medalist and three-times World Champion but George Nash still believes he has everything to prove as the GB Rowing Team approach a crucial juncture on the road to Rio 2016.
After a gruelling winter of training, Nash and his team-mates have their last big chance to impress selectors in race conditions when the Olympic Trials take place at the national training centre in Caversham from March 21-23.
Nash has been through that process before in 2012 when, as a 22-year-old, his mature Trials performance secured a place in the men’s pair with Will Satch – a decision that paid dividends when the rookies won a bronze medal at the London Olympics.
“The attitude that I take to training and competition is very much forward looking,” said Nash.
“I try to ignore any past success and sort of recreate the feeling I had when I first came into the team.
“I like to feel like the underdog rather than the guy who has to be beaten. I still like to feel like I am proving myself.
“I am kind of a less risky option this time round. I came into the squad just a year before the last Olympics and the coaches had no idea how I would perform under pressure.
“I’ve had three-and-a-half years to prove myself this time round and am more of a known quantity but I still have to justify my position.
“Because there is so much on the line in Olympic year, the internal competition during training has been fierce. It makes you realise that you have to live up to the standard of everyone else around you.”
Double Olympic champion Pete Reed, a crew-mate of Nash in last year’s triumphant men’s eight, believes this is the strongest men’s sweep squad he has ever seen.
And Nash agrees, saying: “We’ve had a really good winter of training and the overall level has stepped on massively across the whole team.
“Racing in training has been very close, which just reaffirms the quality of the guys.”
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