In its latest round of event allocations, World Rowing has today announced that Great Britain will stage the 2022 World Rowing Coastal Championships and Beach Sprint Finals. The event will be staged on Saundersfoot Beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Andy Parkinson, British Rowing CEO commented, “We are delighted to be able to bring international rowing back to Great Britain for the first time since 2018. The British rowing community has a long history of delivering world-class events and we look forward tremendously to hosting the international rowing family again in 2022.”
The 2022 World Rowing Coastal Championships and Beach Sprint Finals will be staged off Saundersfoot Beach in Wales in association with Welsh Rowing and supported by Welsh Sea Rowing. The event will take place over two weekends in October and, with the event in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, British Rowing is aiming to lead the way in environmentally-friendly event delivery.
It is anticipated that some form of coastal rowing will become part of the Olympic programme from Paris 2024 onwards so it’s particularly exciting for British Rowing to be hosting an event in the new Olympic discipline. Coastal rowing, as a whole, offers a fantastic opportunity for the sport of rowing to broaden its reach into the coastal communities around the world and beach sprints, in particular, presents an exhilarating new format of the sport hoping to capture the attention of a younger, more diverse audience.
“The exciting nature of coastal rowing will fit perfectly with the Pembrokeshire coast. We already know that British Rowing has the capability of staging world-class events and we are looking forward to working with the organising committee to make these events truly memorable,” said FISA (World Rowing) President Jean-Christophe Rolland.
The event will be hosted in association with Welsh Rowing and supported by Welsh Sea Rowing. Theo Huckle QC, Chair of Welsh Rowing, said “We are thrilled to be hosting the World Rowing Coastal Championships and Beach Sprints Finals in 2022 at Saundersfoot. West Wales has shown how successfully it can host international sports events and we now have the wonderful opportunity for Wales and Saundersfoot to represent the UK and be at the forefront of developments of rowing as a global and accessible sport for all.”
As a potential new Olympic discipline, the hosting of the event will be supported by funding from UK Sport and Welsh Government. Esther Britten, Head of Major Events at UK Sport said, “Our ambition is to continue to evolve our major events programme by securing innovative and impactful sporting events to take place right across the UK. We are delighted to be able to add this World Championships to our programme and look forward to working with new host Saundersfoot, British Rowing, FISA and the Welsh Government.”
Eluned Morgan, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language said, “Amidst the significant challenges that we are currently facing, I am delighted that we received news today that the new Wales International Coastal Centre in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire has been chosen to host this event in 2022. This will give us a future opportunity to showcase the world class venue to a new audience. The unique surroundings of the Pembrokeshire National Park will provide a stunning backdrop for competitors, officials and spectators and the event will provide a meaningful legacy for the sport in Wales and inspire the next generation to get involved”.
The event is likely to welcome over 1,000 competitors from around the world to the Pembrokeshire coastline, providing a welcome boost to the local economy. Councillor Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Licencing and Major Events commented, “I am delighted that Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales has been successful in securing this fantastic series of sea rowing disciplines. Pembrokeshire has an impressive pedigree in delivering world class events and I know that the residents of Saundersfoot and Pembrokeshire will provide a great Welsh welcome to both the competitors and visitors alike and I look forward to being part of the delivery team to make this dream a reality.”
Tegryn Jones, Chief Executive of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority said “Pembrokeshire has an unrivalled coastal landscape which will provide a stunning location to host the championships and we look forward to working with partners to organise an event that meets the highest standards of sustainability and provides a legacy in the future.”
The event will take place off Saundersfoot Beach and will be supported by the new Welsh International Coastal Centre, Michael Davies, Chief Executive said “It has been a true team effort to secure the bid against other world-class venues. This event will establish a lasting legacy for coastal rowing at Saundersfoot Harbour’s new Marine Centre of Excellence, which will be a future gateway for all ages and abilities to access the sport.”
British Rowing had also bid to host a World Rowing Indoor Championships at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London but, unfortunately, this bid was unsuccessful. British Rowing is extremely grateful to the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and London & Partners for their support for this bid.
The bids were submitted as part of British Rowing’s Major Events Strategy and British Rowing intends to bid for further international rowing events in the future.
Photo: Andrew Richards, Welsh Sea Rowing
British Rowing is delighted to announce a partnership with indoor rowing studio and on-demand class platform, ROWBOTS to deliver an indoor rowing training concept, ROWBOTS @ HOME, that transforms the way people use an indoor rowing machine.
The all-new partnership is in response to a notable rise in the demand for indoor rowing and quick, at home workouts during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown. Available for all abilities, ROWBOTS @ HOME is an online platform delivering tailored indoor rowing, floor and body-weight workouts, with additional opportunity to include a WaterRower for a low, monthly fee.
Pioneered by Real Madrid’s football phenomenon, Gareth Bale, and Team GB powerlifting icon, Hendrick Famutimi, ROWBOTS is the complete workout for both the body and mind. Created and developed by professional athletes and mental health professionals, each workout is tailored to build mental strength and resilience, alongside high-intensity rowing and floor interval training. Alongside ROWBOTS@HOME, the partnership is set to deliver wider workshops and challenges to help build on the objective of making rowing an accessible and exciting sport, and effective training tool for all.
Gareth Bale, ROWBOTS Co-Founder and Footballer said: “Now more than ever people need to switch on, both physically and mentally. By partnering with British Rowing, we can give more people access to our physically enhancing and mentally empowering workouts, either from inside The Machine Room, or from the comfort of their own home.”
Greg Zimmerman, Co-Founder & CEO at ROWBOTS said: “Our goal at ROWBOTS is to deliver world-class training to as many people as possible. Our Co-Founder and professional footballer, Gareth Bale, uses rowing to build fitness and prevent injury but we’ve seen how effective our combination of rowing, conditioning and mental training can be for everyone. The ROWBOTS programmes are holistic; working on strength, stamina, recovery and recharge so it’s not just about beating yourself up every day to get fit. We’re very excited to partner with British Rowing to get more people on a rowing machine and transform the way people train.”
Kenny Baillie, Director of Partnerships & Communications at British Rowing commented: “Over the last few months, we’ve seen an exponential growth in indoor rowing and demand for quick, effective home workouts. ROWBOTS has been recognised as one of the most innovative organisations in the fitness industry so we are delighted to work with them to continue to build our indoor rowing offering and grow our membership.”
To sign up to ROWBOTS @ HOME: On Demand visit: https://rowbots.co.uk/rowbots-home/
Officially launching today, the ‘Train Your Way to Tokyo’ challenge sees Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell joining forces with athletes from the three GB squads to cover the 9,448km distance – an average of 314km per day, which they are completing from inside their own homes or outdoors within current government guidance.
Supported by star mentors Lauren Rowles, Elinor Barker and Laura Muir, Lindsey will be trying her hand at all three sports for the 30 day challenge and getting an insight into how Olympic and Paralympic athletes are training at home.
Rowers from British Rowing’s Olympic, Paralympic, U23 and World Class Start squads around the UK are all getting involved and contributing their training distances to the challenge.
The group effort is running until 16th June, with the final film being shown on Blue Peter on 18th June (5.30pm) on CBBC, iPlayer, and CBeebies on Friday 19th June at 5pm as part of a Sport Badge Special. The 2020 Sport Badge was designed by a Blue Peter viewer to celebrate next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. To earn a sport badge, kids aged 6-15 must try a new way of getting active.
Paralympic and World Champion Lauren Rowles MBE said: “I’m incredibly excited to be part of the Train Your Way to Tokyo challenge with Blue Peter and our friends at British Cycling and British Athletics. During these tough times, it’s more important than ever for kids and parents to stay active and I hope this challenge inspires them to get involved in sport and take on new challenges.”
Laura Muir, five-time European athletics champion, said: “It is great to be supporting Lindsey as part of Blue
Peter’s ‘Train Your Way to Tokyo’ challenge. I loved the show when I was growing up and so jumped at the opportunity to take part. It was so exciting to receive the new Blue Peter badge and I hope everyone watching can learn something along the way. I’ll be contributing my normal training miles as part of the challenge and I am excited to be offering my support and tips and advice to Lindsey – I have no doubt she will do a fantastic job.”
Olympic and World champion Elinor Barker said: “I’m enjoying being part of the Train Your way to Tokyo challenge with Blue Peter and already in our first week, myself and my Great Britain Cycling Team teammates have clocked up a good number of kilometres in training to help Lindsey on her way. Hopefully, we will help to inspire the audience to take up more activity themselves especially as we’re in this difficult period of lockdown.”
Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell said: “Though I’ve completed many Blue Peter challenges, I’ve never taken on a multi-sport challenge quite like this. It’s daunting but I can’t wait to train with these incredible athletes and hopefully show what can be achieved by working together, all from our own homes.”
In conjunction with Rowing Australia, Rowing Canada Aviron and Rowing New Zealand we are inviting indoor rowers worldwide to log their training metres with the shared goal of accumulating, as one singular community, 384.4 million metres – the distance from Earth to the Moon. Can you help Great Britain top the leader table against the other nations and get us all to the moon?
To get involved, simply row as far as you like in a session and then record your distance. Remember to keep coming back before 06.00 on Sunday 31 May 2020 (BST) and making as many new submissions as you like.
Links & info – https://www.britishrowing.org/indoor-rowing/row-to-the-moon/
British Rowing, Rowing Canada Aviron, Rowing Australia and Rowing New Zealand have today announced the One Minute Challenge, a joint initiative for indoor rowers across the respective nations
Taking place over the weekend of 8-11 May, the mass-participation competition challenges anyone with a rowing machine at home to see how far they can row in one minute. Members of the public will compete alongside rowers from each nation’s Olympic and Paralympic teams for individual awards in various age, weight and adaptive rowing categories, with international bragging rights also at stake for the country that records the furthest combined distance.
To keep track of the results, participants will be asked to log their scores on a live, real-time web platform, then share their results and nominate friends on social media using #minutechallenge.
The web platform will be open for entries throughout this coming weekend, opening at 00.01 (BST) on Friday 8 May and closing at 23.59 (BST) on Monday 11 May. British Rowing CEO Andy Parkinson said: “In these uncertain times, we’re delighted to be able to join together in friendly competition and motivate indoor rowers across our four nations.”
“This couldn’t have happened without fantastic collaboration between each of our National Federations – it’s been a real team effort to put this together and we look forward to further exciting initiatives together in the future.”
Rowing NZ Chief Executive Simon Peterson added, “Our indoor rowing event launched today alongside Canada, Great Britain and Australia is a humbling reminder that New Zealand’s rowing community are not alone in our eagerness to get back out on the water, and highlights a great relationship that exists between our counterparts across the globe. These are challenging times but we remain impressed with not only our domestic rowing community, but also the global rowing community who continually seek the connection and comradery that comes with our sport.”
Ian Robson, CEO of Rowing Australia, echoed his colleagues’ sentiments, saying, “We’ve had some fantastic indoor rowing competitions in Australia during these unprecedented times and it is wonderful that this One Minute Challenge enables us to connect, virtually, across the world to compete. We’re all in this global pandemic together and it is heartening to see all our rowing communities, across the world, coming together to compete in a digital format.”
Rowing Canada Aviron CEO, Terry Dillon, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand to highlight the value and connectivity of indoor rowing, both during these unprecedented times and in our everyday lives. We look forward to challenging ourselves and our fellow competitors to get active and take on the #minutechallenge this weekend.”
The One Minute Challenge marks the first of a new series of online indoor rowing challenges which will be hosted by British Rowing. Further details about upcoming challenges will be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Take part in the challenge – https://www.britishrowing.org/indoor-rowing/one-minute-challenge/
Current Olympic Champion and double World Champion Tom Ransley MBE has announced his retirement from international rowing after more than 11 years representing Great Britain
Tom won Olympic gold in spectacular form at the Rio 2016 Olympics as part of the men’s eight. “Rio was very special,” he remembers. “I had a brutal time trying to get myself there, as did the rest of the crew. There were some really tough individual journeys along the way and I’m incredibly proud to be in the company of that eight. There’s so many legends in the boat – World and Olympic gold medallists – and working directly under Jürgen is always an honour. I have lots of special memories of that tight-knit team.
“The race itself felt like it was a decade in the making; it was what I’d been aiming for my whole career. To be able to win the big one in an awesome setting was amazing.”
Tom was also part of the men’s eight who won a superb Olympic bronze medal on home water at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He describes the bronze medal as “bittersweet”, saying: “It was a tough one to take at the time; I don’t think we did anything wrong, the Germans were just a really slick crew so hats off to them. I’m so proud of the guys’ effort – we obviously went out to win it and left nothing on the water.
Full story & More images – https://www.britishrowing.org/2020/04/olympic-champion-tom-ransley-mbe-announces-his-retirement/
Six winners were crowned at the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake yesterday on the final day of the 2020 GB Rowing Team Olympic Trials. Rory Gibbs (Oxford Univ. BC) and Matt Rossiter (Leander Club) took the first win of the day in the men’s pairs A final after a close battle with second placed Moe Sbihi (Molesey BC) and Ollie Wynne Griffith (Leander Club). Jacob Dawson (Leander Club) and Tom Ford (Leander Club) battled through to cross the line in third.
A delighted Gibbs said: “When I came off the water, I kind of wanted to shout with joy but of course you have to keep it down for everyone else. I’m just so chuffed to come away with the win in Olympic year. Hats off to the whole team; everyone has stepped up for the whole weekend and delivered. Now I’m really looking forward to what comes next.” Rossiter added: “I feel quite speechless, really. I just can’t stop grinning.” The A final for the women’s pairs was another close one-two, with Rebecca Shorten (Imperial College BC) and Rowan McKellar (Leander Club) battling it out with Emily Ford (Leander Club) and Polly Swann (Edinburgh Univ. BC/Leander Club) to cross the line in first place.
Shorten commented on the weekend’s racing: “The semi-final was OK but we learned a lot from it that we were able to take into the final. In the previous race we were pipped right on the line so today we were focused on staying ahead and staying calm.” A delighted McKellar added: “We’re really happy to finish this part of the season on a high.” Beccy Girling (Molesey BC) and Anastasia Posner (Leander Club) put in another storming performance to take third place, an especially impressive result given the fact that Posner sprained her ankle after the semi-final. She remarked afterwards: “I first took up rowing because I kept spraining my ankle playing other sports and my dad suggested I try rowing instead.
Here I am at Olympic rowing trials, still spraining my ankle.” Media release Imogen Grant (Cambridge Univ Women’s BC) won in the lightweight women’s single sculls, with Emily Craig (Univ. of London BC) close behind in second. There was a heated battle for the third spot between Maddie Arlett (Edinburgh Univ. BC) and Ellie Piggott (Wallingford RC), with Piggott putting in a strong finish to finish ahead. Craig said: “I’m really pleased with the weekend – the time trial was a great result and in the side-by-side racing I knew I had some decent raw speed but Imogen’s obviously incredibly talented and experienced when it comes to racing in the single. We had some decent tussles; I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t manage to turn her over, but given that I was having a wrist operation this time last year it’s just great to be back.”
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC) continued his fine form from the weekend to take his second ever GB Olympic Trials win in the men’s single sculls, with Leander scullers Harry Leask in second and Jack Beaumont third. Thomas reflected: “This weekend has ended in a win so I’m happy. I have to pay respect to the opposition; it’s a really tough gig in the single scull and everyone out there has a lot of experience. Harry pushed me for a long, long way today and thankfully I just had a good sprint at the end.
I’m the first to admit that I’ve not had a great winter by my standards but to do the business today shows I’m on the right track.” Rio silver medallist Vicky Thornley (Leander Club) continued her domination of the women’s singles, crossing the line in first place ahead of Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (Reading RC) who pushed her all the way to the line. Kyra Edwards (Nottingham RC), who made the step up to the senior squad from U23s last summer, took the third spot. Speaking after the race, Thornley said: “It’s good to get a win again at trials. There’s always big pressure with it being Olympic trials but it’s good to get the job done and we’ve had some decent conditions out here on the water.
To qualify the single for the Games last year was amazing – it was ‘job done’ and I’m aiming to be at my fastest come July.” Cambridge Women’s Boat Club alumni Oonagh Cousins (Univ. of London BC) and Holly Hill (Isle of Ely BC) took the win in a fantastic B final for the women’s pairs. Zoë Lee (Imperial College BC) and Caragh McMurtry (Southampton Coalporters ARC) battled hard with Chloe Brew (Leander Club) and Rebecca Edwards (Molesey BC) who put in a strong performance for the whole length of the race; Lee and McMurtry dug deep for a final sprint finish to cross the line in second.
Tom Jeffery (Leander Club) and Morgan Bolding (Oxford Brookes Univ BC) won their B final for the men’s pairs, closely followed by George Rossiter (Leander Club) and Alan Sinclair (Leander Club) in second with Stewart Innes (Leander Club) and Harry Glenister (Leander Club) in third. Sam Meijer (Elizabethan BC/Tideway Scullers School) brought out his trademark final sprint in the B final for the men’s and lightweight men’s single sculls, moving past Angus Groom (Leander Club) in the final 500m to take the win.
Sam Mottram claimed third place to win the lightweight men’s category, while Georgie Brayshaw won the B final of the women’s single sculls after Saskia Budgett caught a crab in the final stretches. Jack Burns took the win over Matt Brigham in the C final for the men’s single sculls. British Rowing Director of Performance Brendan Purcell said: “This Olympic Trials has been the first opportunity for our squad to race over 2000m side by side since last year’s World Championships and they’ve shown how much they’ve stepped on through the winter training block.
The performances through the weekend have been outstanding and the standard has really been set for the rest of the summer.”
Rankings Men’s pairs (A final) 1. Rory Gibbs (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC) and Matt Rossiter (Leander Club) 6:26.48 2. Moe Sbihi (Molesey BC) and Ollie Wynne-Griffith (Leander Club) 3. Jacob Dawson (Leander Club) and Tom Ford (Leander Club) 4. Sholto Carnegie (Leander Club) and Ollie Cook (Univ. of London BC) 5. Charlie Elwes (Leander Club) and Tom George (Leander Club) 6. Oliver Wilkes (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC) and James Rudkin (Newcastle Univ. BC)
Women’s pairs (A final) 1. Rebecca Shorten (Imperial College BC) and Rowan McKellar (Leander Club) 7:10.70 2. Emily Ford (Leander Club) and Polly Swann (Edinburgh Univ. BC/Leander Club) 3. Rebecca Girling (Molesey BC) and Anastasia Posner (Leander Club) 4. Annie Withers (Leander Club) and Sam Courty (Leander Club) 5. Fiona Gammond (Leander Club) and Hattie Taylor (Leander Club) 6. Katherine Douglas (Leander Club) and Karen Bennett (Leander Club
Lightweight women’s single sculls (A final) 1. Imogen Grant (Cambridge Univ. Women’s BC) 7:40.12 2. Emily Craig (Univ. of London BC) 3. Ellie Piggott (Wallingford RC) 4. Maddie Arlett (Edinburgh Univ. BC) 5. Laura Macro (Bath Univ. BC)
Men’s and lightweight men’s single sculls (A final) 1. Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC) 6:50.36 2. Harry Leask (Leander Club) 3. Jack Beaumont (Leander Club) 4. Seb Devereux (Leander Club) 5. Matt Haywood (Nottingham RC) 6. Jonny Walton (Leander Club)
Women’s single sculls (A final) 1. Vicky Thornley (Leander Club) 7:34.18 2. Mathilda Hodgkins-Byrne (Reading RC) 3. Kyra Edwards (Nottingham RC) 4. Holly Nixon (Leander Club) 5. Jess Leyden (Leander Club) 6. Melissa Wilson (Cambridge Univ.
Women’s BC) Men’s pairs (B final) 1. Tom Jeffery (Leander Club) and Morgan Bolding (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC) 6:24.80 2. George Rossiter (Leander Club) and Alan Sinclair (Leander Club) 3. Stewart Innes (Leander Club) and Harry Glenister (Leander Club) 4. James Robson (Leander Club) and James Johnston (Leander Club) 5. Will Satch (Leander Club) and Mat Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC) 6. Sam Nunn (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC) and Michael Glover (Oxford Brookes Univ. BC)
Women’s pairs (B final) 1. Oonagh Cousins (Univ. of London BC) and Holly Hill (Isle of Ely BC) 7:19.89 2. Zoë Lee (Imperial College BC) and Caragh McMurtry (Southampton Coalporters ARC) 3. Chloe Brew (Leander Club) and Rebecca Edwards (Molesey BC) 4. Alice Davies (Leander Club) and Natasha Harris-White (Leander Club) 5. Susie Dear (Leander Club) and Heidi Long (Leander Club) 6. Jo Wratten (Leander Club) and Sara Parfett (Univ. of London BC)
Men’s and lightweight men’s single sculls (B final) 1. Sam Meijer (Elizabethan BC/Tideway Scullers School) 6:55.46 2. Angus Groom (Leander Club) 3. Sam Mottram (LM) (Leander Club) 4. Pete Lambert (Leander Club) 5. Jamie Copus (LM) (Oxford Brookes Univ BC)
Women’s single sculls (B final) 1. Georgie Brayshaw (Leander Club) 7:41.51 2. Saskia Budgett (Tideway Scullers School) Men’s and lightweight men’s single sculls (C final) 1. Jack Burns (Edinburgh Univ. BC) 7:07.21 2. Matt Brigham (Leeds Univ. BC)
Love Rowing, British Rowing’s Charitable Foundation will launch this November at a gala dinner to raise money for the new foundation.
Love Rowing aims to help change young people’s lives by giving them the opportunity to experience the unique benefits of rowing through a number of key projects and initiatives.
The foundation will focus on supporting three groups; young people from state schools, people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged communities. Love Rowing will provide grants, guidance and support to rowing clubs and community organisations to help deliver rowing opportunities to more people.
2019 World Rowing Championships bronze medallist, Josh Bugajski, who grew up on a council estate in Stockport and has seen his own life transformed through rowing said of the new foundation: “Rowing has had a massive impact on my life and provided me with opportunities I would never have imagined as a youngster. There wasn’t a great deal of expectation on kids where I grew up, and sports like rowing practically don’t exist.
“For me, rowing has given me a focus and allowed me to push myself further than I ever thought possible. It’s exciting to see that Love Rowing will be able to open up so many more opportunities for young people to be able to get their first taste of rowing and help them unlock their true potential, as I have been able to do.”
The gala dinner, which will be held at the Cutty Sark on Thursday, 21 November, will celebrate some of the greatest moments in rowing and share the stories of young people whose lives have been transformed by rowing. Many of rowing’s greats will also be there on the night including decorated Olympians Sir Matthew Pinsent, Greg Searle, Jess Eddie and Alex Gregory (a Founding Trustee of Love Rowing), as well as Paralympian Lauren Rowles.
On the launch event, Gregory said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of so many of rowing’s legends. For all of us, rowing has had a positive impact on our lives and through Love Rowing we have the opportunity to introduce so many more people to the unique benefits of the sport we all love.
“I am looking forward to sharing my experiences of this amazing sport and the many positive benefits of rowing with guests at the dinner.”
For more information about booking a table at the launch event for Love Rowing, click here.
Great Britain claimed five medals on the final day of the World U23 Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida to finish top of the medal table with a best-ever performance of six golds and two silvers
Gold medals in the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls, lightweight women’s single sculls, women’s and men’s four and men’s eight, combined with silver medals from the men’s coxed four and women’s eight placed GB at the top of the U23 World Champs medal table for the first time ever.
In the first A final of the day Susannah Duncan, coached by Nicola Benevente of World Class Start Nottingham, became the U23 lightweight single sculls World Champion after a brilliantly timed race that saw her win by half a length. It was the first international gold medal for the Beckenham sculler, who took U23 bronze in the lightweight double last year.
The GB team didn’t have long to wait for their second podium finish as the women’s four of Lydia Currie, Hope Cessford, Lauren Irwin and Alex Rankin, coached by John Higson of Edinburgh University BC, crossed the line half a length ahead of the Irish crew to claim the second gold medal of the day.
The men’s four of David Ambler, Thomas Digby, Freddie Davidson and Charles Elwes continued the gold rush for GB after leading their race from start to finish. The crew, coached by Richard Chambers of Cambridge University BC, were all world silver medallists in 2018; Ambler and Elwes in the men’s four and Digby and Davidson in the men’s eight.
The men’s eight, of Henry Blois-Brooke, Harvey Kay, Callum Sullivan, Matthew Rowe, David Bewicke-Copley, Leonard Jenkins, William Stewart, Felix Drinkall and Vlad Saigau led their race from start to finish to take GB’s sixth gold medal of the competition. The crew, coached by Brian Young of University of London BC, contained four of last year’s silver medallists from the men’s eight in Bewicke-Copley, Jenkins, Stewart and Kay.
In the final race of the day Megan Slabbert, Sophie Paine, Hannah Scott, Holly Dunford, Lucy Edmunds, Alexandra Watson, Margaret Saunders, Johanna Gannon and Autumn Mackay, coached by Lauren Fisher of the GB Rowing Team, took a fantastic silver medal in the women’s eight.
British Rowing Director of Performance Brendan Purcell said: “To come away from the U23 World Championships with six gold medals and two silver medals is incredible. As Chief Coach for the U23s, Pete Sheppard has brought these athletes and coaches together to deliver a truly outstanding team performance.
“Everyone has stepped up over the past six weeks and then delivered their best performances on race day. In every event we were extremely competitive and it’s fantastic to have so much strength and depth for the future. A lot of these athletes will step onto the senior world stage in the coming years and keep British Rowing at the forefront of world performance.”
Lightweight women’s single sculls (A final)
1. Susannah Duncan (GBR) 7:58.28
2. Johanna Reichardt (GER) 7:59.98
3. Lara Tiefenthaler (AUT) 8:03.32
Women’s four (A final)
1. Great Britain (Lydia Currie, Hope Cessford, Lauren Irwin and Alex Rankin) 06:34.22
2. Ireland 06:35.68
3. USA 06:39.89
Men’s four (A final)
1. Great Britain (David Ambler, Thomas Digby, Freddie Davidson and Charles Elwes) 05:51.58
2. New Zealand 05:52.26
3. Italy 05:55.56
Men’s eight (A final)
1. Great Britain (Henry Blois-Brooke, Harvey Kay, Callum Sullivan, Matthew Rowe, David Bewicke-Copley, Leonard Jenkins, William Stewart, Felix Drinkall and Vlad Saigau) 05:34.30
2. USA 05:36.21
3. Netherlands 05:36.36
Women’s eight (A final)
1. Netherlands 06:17.93
2. Great Britain 06:22.52
3. USA 06:23.47
Men’s double sculls (B final)
1. Victor Kleshnev and James Cartwright (GBR) 06:35.87
2. Christian Hagemann and Oliver Tolstrup Christensen (DEN) 06:37.96
3. Dominic Condrau and Valentin Huehn (SUI) 06:43.84
Women’s single sculls (B final)
1. Alicia Bohn (GER) 07:54.32
2. Megan Hancock (RSA) 07:59.35
3. Georgie Robinson Ranger (GBR) 08:01.53
Lightweight men’s single sculls (B final)
1. Gavin Horsburgh (GBR) 07:15.98
2. Corentin Amet (FRA) 07:17.95
3. Lars Benske (NOR) 07:19.54
Lightweight women’s double sculls (B final)
1. Xiaoyue Fu and Jiawang Zou (CHN) 07:18.54
2. Fiona Chestnutt and Chloe Knight (GBR) 07:21.62
3. Mao Kadoya and Miharu Takashima (JPN) 07:22.59