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Did you know that any athlete can be tested by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) if they are competing at a British Rowing affiliated event? Plus, household medications, including Lemsip and Sudafed, have been found to contain substances that are on the WADA Prohibited List.

Clean Sport Week (20-26 May) is a fantastic opportunity to spotlight the importance of being anti-doping aware, whether you are a coach, an athlete or a parent. Committed to keeping rowing clean, British Rowing is launching the Clean Sport Awards next month to make all this information accessible to more members by providing resources online.

Tom Ramsell, British Rowing Anti-Doping and Integrity Officer, said: “We want to inform all of our members about what Clean Sport is, and how we, as a governing body, can help our members avoid any inadvertent doping mistakes that may lead to rowers getting banned from sport.”

The content of the Clean Sport Awards reflects UK Anti-Doping’s ‘Clean Sport Curriculum’ and consists of six different areas: Governance, Anti-Doping Rule Violations, Medications, Supplements, The Testing Process and Reporting Doping in Sport.

Did you know that any athlete can be tested by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) if they are competing at a British Rowing affiliated event?

Each award includes general information plus some topic-based activities and a quiz, where you can test your knowledge at the end.

Once you complete an award, you will earn a certificate which will appear on your ClubHub membership. Each certificate is valid for two years, when you’ll then receive a reminder to refresh your knowledge of clean sport.

How to access the Clean Sport Awards

The Clean Sport Awards are only accessible online and can be found on RowHow from June 2019. Any member of British Rowing who has a membership can log in to RowHow via their membership login details. Find out how to do this here.

Why should I complete the Clean Sport Awards?

Athletes

As athletes, rowers are subject to the UK Anti-Doping Rules, which includes providing urine and /or blood samples. The Clean Sport Awards will give you a deeper insight into what your rights and responsibilities are.

Coaches

Completing the Clean Sport Awards will enable you to better protect your rowers from doping, as well as improving your knowledge of what is required from during the testing process.

Parents

The Clean Sport Awards are useful for parents too. It’s a good way to learn which medications are safe – and not safe – according to UK Anti-Doping rules, so you will know which medicines to give to junior rowers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Regional Chair or the Anti-Doping and Integrity Officer at British Rowing on antidoping@britishrowing.org

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The Home International Regatta (HIR) is a great way to gain experience rowing at an international level with the 2019 competition taking place at Strathclyde on 27 July.

An important stepping stone along the England Talent Pathway, the HIR has attracted some famous names over the years from Charlotte Booth, who won for England in 2014, through to Graeme Thomas who rowed for Wales in 2012 – both were selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Olympic legends Dame Katherine Grainger and Sir Chris Hoy are also former competitors for Scotland, gaining valuable experience at the HIR as they developed their careers.

If you would like to be part of this special heritage then don’t miss the trials for the 2019 competition.

The HIR sees junior and senior crews and para-rowers from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete against each other. Each match has a winner for the junior men, junior women, senior men and senior women titles, with an overall winner for the whole event.

Trials for the England Junior and Senior Team will take place at The Royal Albert Dock, London on Sunday 14 July. Entries for England’s trials will open on Monday 27 May on BROE2. There will be an entry fee of £20.00 per seat (excluding coxes).

Information on how to compete for Ireland, Scotland and Wales is below.

The junior men’s and women’s coxed fours and single sculls are selected through the GB Rowing Team Junior Crew Formation.

Tim Liversage, England Team Manager, said: “The England trial is an open process where anyone has the opportunity see how they can perform. Composite crews are allowed.

It’s a perfect opportunity to make your mark on the England Talent Pathway for the first time

“I’d like to see many junior crews at the trial and would encourage them to race at the British Rowing Junior Championships on 19-21 July, a week before the HIR.

“It would be great to see all athletes gaining experience of trialling at a high level. It’s a perfect opportunity to make your mark on the England Talent Pathway for the first time.”

Thanks to the England Talent Pathway, athletes in the England team have a range of support and guidance and there will be a training day for competitors for the first time this year.

“Those selected to represent England will be able to join us on a training day on 21 July,” said Liversage.

“This will give athletes the opportunity to build speed in composite crews, as well as giving rowers and coaches the chance to work together before the racing.”

Last year’s HIR was hosted by Ireland in Inniscarra, Cork, with England winning three out of the four events – the senior women and junior men and women. The home crowd were treated to a win in the senior men’s category, as well as a chance to watch some of the best athletes in the country compete against each other.

Contacts for HIR trials

For any questions relating to the England Team please email Team Manager, Tim Liversage at englandtm@britishrowing.org .
To trial for Wales, visit Welsh Rowing.
For Scotland, visit Scottish Rowing.
For Ireland, visit Rowing Ireland.

Find out more about the HIR here

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British Rowing has developed a new strategy which outlines plans to support the continued development and growth of school-age rowing over the next four years.

With school-aged rowers representing 37% of British Rowing’s membership, the strategy recognises the importance of school-age rowing and is the result of a comprehensive review undertaken by British Rowing with the support of the Youth Sport Trust. It has involved extensive research and consultation with the wider rowing community, including input from private schools, state schools, rowing clubs, school-age rowing organisations, high-performance coaches and parents.

School Age Rowing Strategy

Download a copy of the School Age Rowing Strategy here.

The research undertaken as part of the development of the School-Age Rowing Strategy consistently highlights the transformational impact that rowing can have on the lives of young people but to remain relevant the rowing offer needs to evolve to reflect their motivations. Success isn’t always about winning. Having a fun and meaningful experience is more important for many people and key to long term engagement in the sport.

As a result of this, the strategy identifies five objectives that will guide British Rowing’s school-age rowing-related work. This will deliver against its overarching mission to work with existing and new school and community rowing clubs to deliver a high quality and enjoyable rowing experience for young people of all abilities and backgrounds, promoting lifelong involvement in the sport.

Michael Martin, Chair of the Junior Rowing Committee, says: “We are excited by the launch of British Rowing’s School-Age Rowing Strategy.

“It provides clear direction and is focused on key initiatives around improving the current experience and attracting new participants to the sport, which we believe are in the best interests of all those involved with school-age rowing.

“The Junior Rowing Committee is looking forward to working with British Rowing staff and the wider rowing community to implement the strategy.”

Peter Sheppard, British Rowing Chief Coach for U23s & Juniors, added: “Supporting the long-term development of school age rowers is important as it provides opportunities for them to fulfil their potential within the sport.

“Whether junior level success represents the pinnacle of an athlete’s career, or a stepping stone on a long-term athlete development programme, the School-Age Rowing Strategy aims to support all levels of participation in the sport for this key age group. The strategy, with the support of various partners, will enable clubs and schools to further develop their systems and structures to support young rowers in the sport.”

If you are interested in keeping up-to-date on the implementation of the School-Age Rowing Strategy, sign-up to our newsletter here.

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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 55 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)

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After missing last season through a back injury sustained on the way to the start line of the final of the 2017 World Rowing Championships, Pete Lambert sees a return to racing on the Rotsee in Lucerne. Lambert is joined by Jack Beaumont, Jonny Walton and Angus Groom in a new-look quad for the first major test of the 2019 season. Great Britain’s men’s quad experienced a mixed season in 2018, winning the yellow jersey for the World Rowing Cup series but failing to make the A final at the World Rowing Championships later that summer.

Lambert is determined that the GB men’s quad finds a consistency that was missing last summer and said: “The 2018 racing season was a bit frustrating, not just for the quad but for the men’s sculling squad as a whole. There were moments when everything went exactly to plan and the boats were moving really well and then other times when the speed just wasn’t there.”

“It was hard to watch this happen from the side-line but it provided me with the motivation to push through rehab and get ready for this season. We’ve had another long winter of training and, as a group of athletes and coaches, have looked closely at why things didn’t always go to plan last year but also reflect on the moments that did.

“Expectations on GB boats are always high, but we welcome the challenge and feel like, as a crew, we have got something to prove again. As a group of athletes and friends, we are as close as we have ever been and there is a fire in our bellies to get racing again.”

In another change for 2019, following a year sculling in the GB women’s quad, Zoe Lee has moved back into the women’s eight, the boat in which she won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The women’s eight took silver at the 2018 European Rowing Championships in Glasgow but failed to re-capture that form later in the season at the World Championships where they finished in sixth place.

On her return to the women’s eight for 2019, Lee said: “I’m really happy to be back in the eight. It’s such a fast boat and with the crew we have racing in it for the European Championships it will make for exciting racing in Lucerne.

“I enjoyed sculling last year and learnt a lot about myself as it developed my technique and gave me a fresh challenge. With the option to choose between disciplines, it just felt right to move back to sweep. “We’ve got such a strong group of girls, across both the sweep and sculling squads, and we all want to perform to our potential in Lucerne. This is an important season for everyone in the GB Rowing Team with Olympic qualification on the line at the World Championships in August, so we are looking forward to getting out there and racing in our first test of the season.”

Plenty of top-level race experience runs through the squads with both the men’s and women’s eights boosted by Olympic medallists. Reigning Olympic champion in the men’s four, Moe Sbihi is the powerhouse in the men’s eight, while Olympic silver medallists Karen Bennett and Zoe Lee bring a wealth of knowledge to the women’s eight. The Hodgkins Byrne sisters team up in a new-look women’s quad for 2019, while Will Fletcher makes an exciting return to the GB Rowing Team, partnering Zak Lee-Green in the lightweight men’s double following a win at the GB Rowing Team Final Trials in April.

The line-up for Great Britain’s men’s four is still to be finalised following a final round of testing. There is strong competition, with eight sweep rowers going for six seats, the men’s four and two spares places. The final crew for the men’s four will be announced in due course.

Brendan Purcell, British Rowing Director of Performance added: “Amongst the 49 athletes selected for the European Rowing Championships, we have athletes with proven Olympic and World Championships pedigree alongside a host of fresh talent. “The competition amongst the athletes to get selected for the Europeans has been fierce, which goes to show the depth we are starting to build across both the men’s and women’s squad.

“Our main focus this season is definitely on the World Rowing Championships at the end of August as we aim to qualify as many boats as possible for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, but the European Rowing Championships will provide us with a good indication as to our speed and how that compares to some of our biggest rivals.”

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

To be confirmed

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

To be confirmed

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)

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Clean Sport Week aims to celebrate clean athletes and their success, and promote the work of the anti-doping community in the fight for clean sport. The week is a partnership campaign between UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), national governing bodies – such as British Rowing – and sporting organisations, to promote clean sport.

British Rowing strongly believes in the fight against doping at all levels of our sport and we are committed to keeping our sport clean through ongoing education programmes.

This year’s Clean Sport Week campaign will have a strong focus on Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs), particularly the attitudes towards, and motivations for use of, IPEDs in the gym environment. Look out for new research during the week to encourage a wider public debate on the issue.

Nicole Sapstead, UKAD’s Chief Executive, said: “Following a number of media reports in recent months, concerns are growing around the use of IPEDs in this area, particularly with trends like the ‘Love Island look’, and the possibility of this seeping into the sporting arena.”

Clean Sport workshops

Check out British Rowing's Clean Sport workshops. These interactive and informative workshops cover the UKAD Curriculum.

A number of events are taking place this week to help raise awareness of clean sport and anti-doping programmes led by UKAD, national governing bodies and sporting organisations across the UK. The campaign will also feature a series of social media videos called ‘Feat of Strength’ from UK athletes showing their support for clean sport.

Sapstead added: “Last year’s Clean Sport Week was a huge success and we hope this year’s event can drive the debate around IPEDs, as well as celebrate the successes of clean athletes and the excellent work done by national governing bodies and sporting partners to keep sport clean.”

Find out more about Clean Sport Week here.

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The unseasonably wet conditions for an Italian May didn’t put a damper on Great Britain’s celebrations at Gavirate International Regatta with another three medals claimed on the final day of racing.

In a further show of their dominance in their category, GB’s PR3 mixed coxed four of Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox, Ollie Stanhope and cox Erin Wysocki-Jones took their second gold of the regatta.

After taking gold on the Sunday, Stanhope said: “Gavirate has been a great start to the racing calendar and it was good to be able to put such a good marker down.”

Cox of the PR3 mixed coxed four, Erin Wysocki-Jones added: “I am really excited by our performances this weekend. We have learnt a lot over the four races. I’m looking forward to moving into the training camp now and hopefully finding even more speed.”

Backing up yesterday’s performance on the water, Laurence Whiteley and Lauren Rowles picked up another superb silver behind the Dutch crew who added to their gold from yesterday, a great return for a partnership that, before this weekend, hadn’t raced together since 2017.

Rowles, who has been out for the last two seasons due to rehab said: “Winning two silver medals after two years away from racing is incredibly promising. We came into the regatta with little race experience over 2k and have come out of it with lots of learnings. We are looking forward to building on our performances here and improving for the rest of the season.”

And in the PR1 men’s single sculls, Ben Pritchard did the double, taking another bronze medal behind Ukraine who took gold and Australia who took silver. Great Britain’s Andy Houghton took fifth place.

After collecting his second bronze of the regatta, Pritchard said: “Today was a tough race for me. Having exceeded expectations yesterday, I wanted to prove to myself that it was not a fluke. Having a teammate in the lane next to you is always difficult but the plan was to focus on my own race and I did that. I’m really happy to finish in third again, in such a stacked field.”

Tom Dyson, Chief Coach to the Paralympic squad concluded: “This weekend of racing has been a valuable learning opportunity for the team. There have been some good performances despite still being early in the qualification season and everyone now has a sense of what needs to be worked on as we head towards the World Cup next month.

“For everyone, there’s a case of getting back to the hard graft so we are able to step-up when the Paralympic qualification spots are on offer at the World Championships, this August.”

Saturday morning, A finals PR3 mixed coxed four
  1. Great Britain (Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox, Ollie Stanhope & Erin Wysocki-Jones (cox) 7:02.03
  2. Australia 7:16.01
  3. Ukraine 7:24.00
PR2 mixed double sculls
  1. The Netherlands 8:15.05
  2. Great Britain (Lauren Rowles & Laurence Whiteley) 8:25.06
  3. France 8:51.03
PR1 men’s single sculls
  1. Ukraine 9:37.08
  2. Australia 9:56.01
  3. Great Britain 2 (Ben Pritchard) 10:05.00
  4. France 10:27.00
  5. Great Britain 1 (Andy Houghton) 10:32.06

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Great Britain’s PR3 mixed coxed four continued their dominant display at Gavirate International Regatta, winning gold in Saturday morning’s final, taking the win over their nearest rivals Australia in second, and Ukraine in third.

Buttrick, who is racing at Gavirate for the first time said: “Last year, I was watching the team compete at this regatta as a development athlete having never rowed in the four. A year on, and I am on the podium with a gold! I am so excited to be part of such a powerful crew as we head towards Paralympic boat qualification later this summer.”

Gold was immediately followed by silver, with GB’s PR2 mixed double of Laurence Whiteley and Lauren Rowles taking second, behind an impressive Dutch crew. Whiteley said: “This morning was a positive one for us. We haven’t raced together since 2017 so it was about getting out there and enjoying the racing. It’s been great to see what we can do together again.”

It was pure delight for Ben Pritchard who found himself on the podium, picking up bronze in the PR1 men’s single sculls, behind Paralympic champion, Roman Polianskyi who took gold and World champion, Erik Horrie who took silver. Great Britain’s Andy Houghton took fourth place in a well fought final.

Following the race, Pritchard said: “This morning was incredible as I got to share the podium with a Paralympic and World Champion. It was the first time I have really proved myself and that the winter miles have been worth it. It was also great to race Andy to the line and I am looking forward to going again in tomorrow’s second final.”

The Great Britain crews all returned to the water later that afternoon for the second round of racing. The PR3 mixed coxed four, and both PR1 men’s singles won their respective heats, with GB’s PR2 mixed double sculls taking second spot. All crews will race in tomorrow’s A finals, the last races of the regatta.

You can follow the racing on the live stream: www.raisport.rai.it.

Saturday morning, A finals PR3 mixed coxed four
  1. Great Britain (Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox, Ollie Stanhope & Erin Wysocki-Jones (cox) 7:04.90
  2. Australia 7:16.50
  3. Ukraine 7:22.30
PR2 mixed double sculls
  1. The Netherlands 8.19.04
  2. Great Britain (Lauren Rowles & Laurence Whiteley) 8:23.02
  3. France 8:40.08
PR1 men’s single sculls
  1. Ukraine 9:31.05
  2. Australia 9:52.03
  3. Great Britain 2 (Ben Pritchard) 10:12.06
  4. Great Britain 1 (Andy Houghton) 10:15.03
Saturday afternoon heats PR3 mixed coxed four, heat
  1. Great Britain (Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox, Ollie Stanhope & Erin Wysocki-Jones (cox) 7:17.92
  2. Ukraine 7:32.05
  3. France 7:36.05
PR2 mixed double sculls, heat
  1. The Netherlands 8.22.00
  2. Great Britain (Lauren Rowles & Laurence Whiteley) 8:36.03
  3. France 9:00.06
PR1 men’s single sculls, heat 1
  1. Great Britain 1 (Andy Houghton) 10:20.09
  2. France 11:00.01
  3. Hungary 11:11.08
PR1 men’s single sculls, heat 2
  1. Great Britain 2 (Ben Pritchard) 10:23.07
  2. Belarus 10:46.00
  3. 12:22.03

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It was a glorious return to the water for both Giedre Rakauskaite and Paralympic champion James Fox as GB’s PR3 mixed coxed four dominated their event at Gavirate International Regatta.

Great Britain finished 27 seconds ahead of second place Italy in their heat, and a cool 24 seconds ahead of the winners of the second heat, Australia.

Having returned to competitive racing this season following surgery, Giedre Rakauskaite said: “It’s great to come back after surgery and still be able to perform at a high level. We have a lot more work to do and I can’t wait to gain more speed and spend more time in the four.”

Great Britain’s PR3 mixed coxed four will race in the first A final of the weekend on Saturday.

Also making a return to the water after an extended period out was reigning Paralympic champion Lauren Rowles, who was back in the boat for the first time in two years with partner Laurence Whiteley who she won gold with at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the PR2 mixed double.

In a race for lanes for Saturday morning’s A final, the reunited pair came in third, behind the Netherlands in first and France in second.

Rowles said after the race: “I am incredibly excited to be back out on the racing circuit after two years away. Both Laurence and I are coming into the competition with a solid block of winter training behind us and we are looking forward to seeing how we progress over the course of the regatta.”

Also, safely through to tomorrow morning’s A final was both of Great Britain’s PR1 men’s single scullers, Andy Houghton and Ben Pritchard, who both finished in second place taking the final two qualification spots in their respective heats for tomorrow’s eight lane final.

PR3 mixed coxed four
  1. Great Britain (Ellen Buttrick, Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox, Ollie Stanhope & Erin Wysocki-Jones (cox) 7:42.10
  2. Italy 8:09.70
  3. France 8:12.70
PR2 mixed double sculls
  1. The Netherlands 9:20.60
  2. France 9:26.80
  3. Great Britain (Lauren Rowles & Laurence Whiteley) 9:29.80
PR1 men’s single sculls – heat two
  1. France 10:18.70
  2. Great Britain (Andy Houghton) 12:43.60
  3. Hungary 12:50.50
PR1 men’s single sculls – heat three
  1. Ukraine 10:49.50
  2. Great Britain (Ben Pritchard) 11:12.30
  3. Germany 12:21.40

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A mixed crew from Shoreham RC have set their sights on the EY-Parthenon Ringvaart Regatta, a100km race in the Netherlands on 22 May, after unexpectedly winning their category at last year’s Boston Marathon. The crew is raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity in honour of their friend Becky Povey, who tragically passed away in 2015, aged 24.

The regatta attracts over 150 crews from all over the world with the course starting in Leiden and finishing in Delft.

We talk to crew members Will McGrath and Toby Strevens about the 100km challenge.

Where did the idea to do the Ringvaart Regatta come from?
Will McGrath: Adam, one of the Boston Marathon crew, enjoyed seeing everyone in pain so much after the event that he went and found us just the thing to make us feel motivated again. Initially, our behinds and our hands said no, but then we started to appreciate just how much of a sense of achievement we had all had from the Boston Marathon.

Endurance rowing is something different. You can work together, fine-tuning things over long periods of time and sharing the satisfaction, rather than going hell for leather for 10 minutes and blaming someone for catching a crab while you watch the next crew row past you! So why wouldn’t we want to give it a go?!

We’re a bunch of amateur rowers from a small coastal club, all with day jobs

What will be the main challenges?
Will: Dealing with blisters, sore bums and backs, cramps and getting enough food and water in, while trying not to stop for too long.

A few of the guys in the crew have done endurance stuff before, not so much in rowing but things like an Ironman and cycling across the States – but that isn’t all of us. We’re a bunch of amateur rowers from a small coastal club, all with day jobs, trying to find time to get all eight of us, plus our dedicated coxswain in the boat or on the rowing machines together. It’s a tough one but we can only do what we can.

We set out with a training programme, starting one hour together, then two, then three, four etc, but it’s so hard to keep to. We mix ergs and water sessions and have to stay flexible with the tide and weather which can be tricky in Shoreham. Honestly, you can never train enough for these challenges; it only becomes slightly easier the more you do.

Mental preparation is probably the trickiest thing, as I’m sure this race will find the limits of our physical and mental capabilities. We’re a fun crew who get on well though and this will help to get us over the inevitable hurdles.

Becky has a big place in our hearts and is still sorely missed every day

What will your strategy be on the day?
Will: In the Boston Marathon we stopped every hour for two minutes, then bow four would row on light while stern four sorted themselves out, then vice versa. This worked really well and broke the problem down into lengths that were equivalent to a normal training session – which is easy, right? After all eight to 10 intervals sounds a lot less than 100km.

Swapping seats is an ongoing debate, but we’re going for the option to stay put and keep training on one side as we don’t want to have blisters all over our hands. We will have some pairs who are ready to swap as a ‘just-in-case’, should some severe cramping or back pains etc set in. It’s all about working together and good communication.

A final word on Becky
Toby: There are many ways to describe Becky but I’d say the main one is gobby! She helped multiple crews win championships and our very own senior women won consecutive CARA championship titles.

Becky has a big place in our hearts and is still sorely missed every day. It was a big shock when she was diagnosed with her tumour, but in true Becky spirit, she never let it affect her. She always stayed so positive and helped out as much as she could.

To support the Shoreham rowers and find out more about their mammoth row, click here.

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