Great Britain’s men’s four finalised ahead of the European Rowing Championships

Sholto Carnegie, Rory Gibbs, Matt Rossiter and Ollie Cook will come together in the four at the European Rowing Championships for the first time


(c) Naomi Baker

The line-up for Great Britain’s men’s four has now been finalised alongside the selection of two spare sweep rowers ahead of the 2019 European Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland (31 May – 2 June).

Sholto Carnegie, Rory Gibbs, Matt Rossiter and Ollie Cook will come together in the four at the European Rowing Championships for the first time, with Morgan Bolding and James Johnston selected as the two spares.

The competition for the six spots was fierce and went down to the wire with a number of seat races held over the past few days on training camp in Aviz, Portugal.

Matt Rossiter, who has been selected for the men’s four after racing in the pair last season said: “The four of us are really excited to have been selected for the Europeans.

“We’ve had an intense week of testing out here on camp. It has been challenging to have to tussle with your best mates while living in a hotel together, however it just goes to show the quality of athletes in the squad. It has been a new experience for all of us but everyone has got on with the job in hand.

“As a four, we’re now looking forward to getting some time together in the boat ahead of racing next weekend. We’ve got a good mix of experience with Ollie and I, slightly older in years, backed up by the younger talent of Sholto and Rory, so we’re excited to see what we can do.”

Brendan Purcell said: “For any coach, making a decision on who gets selected to represent their country is really important, so it’s vital they have the time to make all the assessments they need in order to select the best possible crews. The coaching team have worked closely with the athletes over the past few days and have been very diligent in their process to identify the best possible combination for the Europeans.

“We all have the upmost respect for all the guys who have taken part in seat racing for the four. It has been a tough process, however now is the time to re-group and make the most out of the time we have on camp ahead of Lucerne next week.

“As with all crews, we’ll continue to review the combinations ahead of each event, particularly when the standard of competition for seats is so high, to make sure we have the best possible crews selected at each point in the season as we build to the World Championships this August.”

With selection now concluded for GB, a squad of 54 athletes will travel to Lucerne for the European Rowing Championships.

You can follow the GB Rowing Team at the European Rowing Championships from 31 May – 2 June live across British Rowing’s social channels and also watch them in action on BBC2 from 12.00 to 14.15 hours on Sunday, 2 June.


Men’s squad

Men’s pair

Harry Glenister (Club: Leander Club / Hometown: Princes Risborough)

George Rossiter (Leander Club / Newbury)

Coaches: Steve Trapmore / Christian Felkel


Men’s four

Sholto Carnegie (Leander Club / Oxford)

Rory Gibbs (Oxford Brookes University / Marlow)

Matt Rossiter (Leander Club / Newbury)

Oliver Cook (Univ. of London BC / Windsor)

Coach: Christian Felkel


Men’s eight

Josh Bugajski (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC / Stockport)

James Rudkin (Newcastle Univ. BC / Litchborough)

Mat Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC / Shepperton)

Tom George (Leander Club / Cheltenham)

Moe Sbihi (Molesey BC / Surbiton)

Oliver Wynne-Griffith (Leander Club / Guildford)

Jacob Dawson (Leander Club / Plymouth)

Tom Ford (Leander Club / Holmes Chapel)

Henry Fieldman (cox) (Leander Club / Barnes)

Coaches: Jürgen Grobler / Steve Trapmore


Men’s single sculls

Tom Barras (Leander Club / Staines)

Coach: Paul Stannard


Men’s double sculls

John Collins (Leander Club / Twickenham)

Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC / Preston)

Coach: Dan Moore


Men’s quad

Jonny Walton (Leander Club / Leicester)

Angus Groom (Leander Club / Glasgow)

Jack Beaumont (Leander Club / Maidenhead)

Peter Lambert (Leander Club / Maidenhead)

Coach: Paul Stannard


Lightweight men’s single sculls

Jamie Copus (Oxford Brookes Univ BC / Oxford)

Coach: Hamish Burrell


Lightweight men’s double sculls

Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC / Cardiff)

Will Fletcher (Leander Club / Chester-le-Street)

Coach: Hamish Burrell


Men’s spares

Morgan Bolding (Oxford Brookes University /Withiel)

James Johnston (Leander Club / Henley-on-Thames)


Women’s squad


Women’s pair

Sam Courty (Univ. of Bath BC / Alnwick)

Annie Withers (Leander Club / Kingston)

Coach: Tom Pattichis


Women’s four

Caragh McMurtry (Southampton Coalporters ARC / Southampton)

Sara Parfett (University of London BC / Rochester)

Emily Ford (Leander Club / Holmes Chapel)

Rebecca Girling (Molesey BC / Fareham)

Coach: Tom Pattichis


Women’s eight

Karen Bennett (Leander Club / Edinburgh)

Harriet Taylor (Leander Club / Sunningdale)

Fiona Gammond (Leander Club / Bicester)

Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC / Richmond, N. Yorks)

Jo Wratten (Leander Club / Middlesbrough)

Rebecca Shorten (Imperial College BC / Belfast)

Rowan McKellar (Leander Club / Glasgow)

Holly Norton (Leander Club / Johannesburg, RSA)

Matilda Horn (cox) (University of London BC / Windsor)

Coach: James Harris


Women’s single sculls

Vicky Thornley (Leander Club / Wrexham)

Coach: Paul Reedy


Women’s double sculls

Maddie Arlett (Edinburgh Univ. BC / Selkirk)

Emily Craig (University of London BC / Mark Cross)

Coach: Darren Whiter


Women’s quad

Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne (Reading Univ. BC / Hereford)

Melissa Wilson (Cambridge Univ. Women’s BC / Edinburgh)

Jess Leyden (Leander Club / Todmorden)

Charlotte Hodgkins Byrne (University of London BC / Hereford)

Coach: Jane Hall


Lightweight women’s single sculls

Emily Craig (University of London BC / Mark Cross)

Coach: Darren Whiter


Lightweight women’s double sculls

Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC / Bedford)

Imogen Grant (Cambridge Univ. Women’s BC / Cambridge)

Coach: Darren Whiter


Women’s Spares

Oonagh Cousins (University of London BC / Farnham)

Anastasia Posner (Leander Club / Oxford)

Gemma Hall (Reading RC / Wargrave)