Fifty athletes have been named in the Great Britain team for the European Rowing Championships in Racice, between 26-28 May.
Many of the medallists from last weekend’s World Rowing Cup in Belgrade return to the same boats as GB look to take on the challenge of racing the best in Europe as the new Olympiad gets underway in earnest.
The team got their 2017 season off to a good start in Belgrade, winning 11 medals in mainly torrid conditions and will head to the Czech Republic confident of further international success.
All four gold medal-winning crews from the World Cup remain the same, with the men’s four, men’s and women’s pair and the lightweight men’s double sculls retaining their places.
Callum McBrierty, who was a late replacement for the injured Stewart Innes ahead of Belgrade, continues in the men’s four with Olympic champions Will Satch and Moe Sbihi, and their fellow Olympian Matthew Tarrant.
Olympic silver medallist Karen Bennett and Holly Norton team up again in the women’s pair following their gold at the weekend. The duo will face a stiffer challenge in Racice, having beaten two Dutch crews to the win in Belgrade.
Jacob Dawson and Matt Rossiter return in the men’s pair after impressing in their win at the World Cup. They led from the halfway mark and held off home favourites Serbia to claim their first senior golds.
There is just one change to the silver medal-winning men’s eight, with Tom Jeffery coming in to the two seat and Tim Clarke travelling as a reserve. The new-look women’s eight will make its debut in Racice, with many of the athletes making their first senior international appearance.
Vicky Thornley, silver medallist in Belgrade, continues in the women’s single, while Pete Lambert replaces Tom Barras in the men’s quadruple sculls. Barras will race the double scull with Frazier Christie.
Katherine Copeland and Charlotte Booth continue their partnership in the women’s lightweight double, having won silver last weekend, and the bronze medal-winning women’s quad crew will race together again in Racice.
Sir David Tanner, British Rowing’s Performance Director, said: “After the success in Belgrade we’re excited to be moving on to challenge the best crews in Europe in just over two weeks’ time. We have a good record in recent European Rowing Championships and I’m confident that the athletes selected to compete in Racice will continue this tradition.”
To see more including the full crews selection visit https://www.britishrowing.org/2017/05/belgrade-stars-headline-great-britains-european-championship-team/