Great Britain sets sights on Olympic and Paralympic qualification at World Rowing Championships 

62 athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2023 World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia (3-10 September 2023)


Commenting on the team selection Louise Kingsley, British Rowing Director of Performance said: “We have put in some great performances this season which have seen us top the medal table at the European Championships and win the overall World Cup trophy, with medal table topping performances at World Cup II and World Cup III. Now, our attention shifts to the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade where we aim to set ourselves up for Olympic and Paralympic success by qualifying as many boats as possible for the Paris 2024 Games.”

Looking to defend their 2022 World Champion titles will be the Lightweight women’s double sculls (LW2x) of Emily Craig and Imogen Grant and the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four (PR3 Mix4+) of Frankie Allen, Giedre Rakauskaite, Ed Fuller, Morgan Fice-Noyes and cox, Erin Kennedy. Both crews are unbeaten this season and recorded World Best times at World Rowing Cup II in June in Varese.

Also unbeaten this season and out to defend their 2022 World title are the Men’s four (M4-) of Oli Wilkes, David Ambler, Matt Aldridge and Freddie Davidson. In addition, returning World Champion boats from 2022 are the Women’s four (W4-) of Heidi Long, Rowan McKellar, Helen Glover and Rebecca Shorten and the Men’s eight (M8+) of Rory Gibbs, Morgan Bolding, Jacob Dawson, Sholto Carnegie, Charlie Elwes, Tom Digby, James Rudkin, Tom Ford and cox, Harry Brightmore, who recorded a British record time at World Cup II.

Having missed the World Championships in 2022, Double Paralympic Champion Lauren Rowles returns with Gregg Stevenson in the PR2 mixed double sculls (PR2 Mix 2x). This new combination has made a strong impact this season, with an unbeaten record and achieving World best times at the European Championships in Bled and then again at World Cup II in Varese.

Ollie Wynne-Griffith and Tom George are back in the Men’s pair (M2-) having built on their World bronze in 2022 with a silver at the 2023 Europeans, winning gold and recording a World Cup best time, making them the fastest British men’s pair ever in Varese at World Cup II and winning gold at World Cup III.

Following one of the stand out performances of the season with their World Cup III gold in Lucerne, the Women’s Eight (W8+) of Natasha Morrice, Rebecca Edwards, Lauren Irwin, Karen Bennett, Esme Booth, Emily Ford, Hattie Taylor, Annie Campbell-Orde and cox, Henry Fieldman will aim to maintain the momentum at the World Championships. Emily Ford and Esme Booth will also once again be doubling up to race in the Women’s pair (W2-).

World Cup III silver medallists, Callum Dixon, George Bourne, Matt Haywood and Tom Barras are unchanged in the Men’s quadruple sculls (M4x). While Lola Anderson returns to the Women’s quadruple sculls (W4x) with Lauren Henry, Hannah Scott and Georgie Brayshaw, who will be looking to build on the silver medal and British record achieved at World Cup II and their silver medal at World Cup III.

World bronze medallist Benjamin Pritchard returns to race in the PR1 men’s single sculls (PR1 M1x), Paralympic Champion Ellen Buttrick combines with Charlotte Coburn in the PR3 Women’s Pair (PR3 W2-)* and European bronze medallists Annie Caddick and Sam Murray return in the PR3 mixed double sculls (PR3 Mix 2x).
*GBR was the only entry in this event so Ellen and Charlotte will travel as reserves and compete in the spares race.

In the small boats, World Cup III silver medallist in the quad, Lucy Glover, will race in the Women’s single sculls (W1x) and double World Cup bronze medallist Olivia Bates will take to the water in the Lightweight women’s single sculls (LW1x).

Aidan Thompson will return with Tokyo 2020 Olympian John Collins in the Men’s Double sculls (M2x) and Kyra Edwards and Saskia Budgett reunite in the Women’s Double Sculls (W2x).

You can follow the World Rowing Championships live across British Rowing social media channels, here on our website and on the World Rowing website. Finals will be shown on BBC2, BBC iPlayer and the BBC website.

The Great Britain crews racing at the 2023 World Rowing Championships are:

Women’s Crews

Women’s pair (W2-) 

Emily Ford (Leander Club)
Esme Booth (Leander Club)
Coach: Rich Chambers

Women’s four (W4-)

Heidi Long (Leander Club)
Rowan McKellar (Leander Club)
Helen Glover (Marlow RC)
Rebecca Shorten (Imperial College BC)
Coach: James Harris

Women’s eight (W8+)

Natasha Morrice (Leander Club)
Rebecca Edwards (Leander Club)
Lauren Irwin (Leander Club)
Karen Bennett (Leander Club)
Esme Booth (Leander Club)
Emily Ford (Leander Club)
Hattie Taylor (Leander Club)
Annie Campbell-Orde (Leander Club)
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Leander Club)
Coach: Rich Chambers

Women’s single sculls (W1x) 

Lucy Glover (Edinburgh University BC / Warrington RC)
Coach: Andrew Randell

Lightweight women’s single sculls (LW1x)

Olivia Bates (Nottinghamshire County RA)
Coach: Dec Gamble

Women’s double sculls (W2x) 

Saskia Budgett (Tideway Scullers School)
Kyra Edwards (Nottingham RC)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Lightweight women’s double sculls (LW2x)

Emily Craig (University of London BC)
Imogen Grant (Cambridge University BC)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Women’s quadruple sculls (W4x)

Lauren Henry (Leicester RC / University of Leicester BC)
Hannah Scott (Bann RC / Leander Club)
Lola Anderson  (Leander Club)
Georgie Brayshaw (Leander Club)
Coach: Andrew Randell

Women’s reserves 

Flo Donald (Leander Club)
Juliette Perry (Leander Club)

Men’s Crews

Men’s pair (M2-) 

Ollie Wynne-Griffith (Leander Club / Cambridge University BC)
Tom George (Leander Club / Cambridge University BC)
Coach: Dan Moore

Men’s four (M4-) 

Oli Wilkes (Oxford Brookes University BC)
David Ambler (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Matt Aldridge (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Freddie Davidson (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Coach: Christian Felkel

Men’s eight (M8+)

Rory Gibbs (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Morgan Bolding (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Jacob Dawson (Leander Club / Plymouth ARC)
Sholto Carnegie (Leander Club)
Charlie Elwes (Leander Club)
Tom Digby (Oxford Brookes University BC)
James Rudkin (Newcastle University BC)
Tom Ford (Leander Club)
Harry Brightmore (cox) (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Coach: Steve Trapmore

Men’s double sculls (M2x)

Aidan Thompson (Twickenham RC / University of Surrey RC)
John Collins (Leander Club)
Coach: Dan Moore

Men’s quadruple sculls (M4x)

Callum Dixon (Twickenham RC)
George Bourne (Leander Club)
Matt Haywood (Nottingham RC)
Tom Barras (Leander Club / Burway RC)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Men’s reserves

Miles Devereux (Leander Club)
Will Stewart (Leander Club)
Sam Nunn (Oxford Brookes University BC)

Para Crews

PR3 Mixed coxed four (PR3 Mix4+)

Frankie Allen (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Giedre Rakauskaite (Worcester RC)
Morgan Fice-Noyes (Bradford-on-Avon RC)
Ed Fuller (Reading University BC)
Erin Kennedy (cox) (Leander Club)
Coach: Nicola Benavente

PR3 Women’s pair (PR3 W2-) 

Ellen Buttrick (Leeds RC)
Charlotte Coburn (Molesey BC)
Coach: Will Stockton

PR3 Mixed double sculls (PR3 Mix2x)

Annie Caddick (Molesey BC)
Sam Murray (Molesey BC)
Coach: Nick Baker

PR2 Mixed double sculls (PR2 Mix2x)

Lauren Rowles (Birmingham RC)
Gregg Stevenson (Agecroft BC)
Coach: Nicola Benavente

PR1 Men’s single sculls (PR1 M1x) 

Benjamin Pritchard (City of Swansea RC)
Coach: Nick Baker

World Rowing Championships Team Management, Coaching and Support Staff

Louise Kingsley: Team Leader
Tom Dyson: Para Team Leader
Jo Bates: Team Manager
Andy Rae: Assistant Team Manager
Maurice Hayes: Resources Manager
Andrew Randell: Head Coach – Women
James Harris: Women’s Coach
Darren Whiter: Women’s Coach
Richard Chambers: Women’s Coach
Dec Gamble: Women’s Coach
Paul Stannard: Head Coach – Men
Dan Moore: Men’s Coach
Steve Trapmore: Men’s Coach
Christian Felkel: Men’s Coach
Nick Baker: Head Coach – Para
Nicola Benavente: Para Coach
Will Stockton: Para Coach
Ann Redgrave: Doctor
Penny Stern: Physiotherapist – Women
Sam Whittaker: Physiotherapist – Men
Pat Dunleavy: Physiotherapist – Para
Lizzie Jacobs: Sports Science
Molly Lloyd-Jones: Sports Science
Wendy Martinson: Nutritionist
Shelley Wyatt: Communications and Media
Karl Offord: Equipment Support
Paul Cobbett: Equipment Support
John Gearing: Equipment Support
Andrew Adams: Equipment Support
Dan Lockey: Equipment Support