SIX SCOTS TO RACE FOR GB AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Posted: August 21, 2014

Scottish or Scotland-connected rowers Heather Stanning, Polly Swann, Alan Sinclair, Imogen Walsh, Sam Scrimgeour and Victoria Meyer-Laker have arrived in Amsterdam ahead of the World Rowing Championships which start on Sunday and run through to 31 August.

GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner and his Chief Coaches Jurgen Grobler and Paul Thompson underlined their confidence in this year’s personnel when selecting the national squad. The group selected has so far delivered 31 medals at World Cup and European level this season, 12 of them gold.

The trio named a largely-unchanged GB Rowing Team to compete at the World Championships, with 64 rowers (including spares) in 18 crews.

Olympic Champion Heather Stanning, born in Yeovil but brought up in Lossiemouth, has been back in the harness with Helen Glover in the women’s pair since the World Cup in France six weeks ago and they now have two 2014 World Cup wins under their belt.

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Stanning had taken time away from the sport to return to her duties in the British Army, where she was on active for a year during 2012/13. In this time Glover raced with Polly Swann, of Edinburgh, winning gold medals at last year’s World Championships and the European Championships in Belgrade earlier this season.

At the squad announcement in July, Stanning said: "I am clearly delighted to be selected. It was always my main aim to get back into the boat with Helen. I wasn't always sure I'd be able to achieve this in the one season especially after my year back with the Army and returning to training later than normally would be expected.

"Obviously I have had my ups and down but we've had some really great racing and now with a solid block of training ahead of us before the Championships we can definitely continue to move forward. Working with Helen again is a dream come true".

Following the return of Stanning, Polly Swann has made the switch to the GB women’s eight.

This crew have enjoyed consistent podium finishes this year as they won a silver medal in Belgrade, and bronze medals at both World Cup regattas which followed. They also won the Remenham Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

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Also speaking in July, Swann spoke about the prospect of the Worlds: “Looking ahead to Amsterdam, I think we’ve put out some good performances but we’ve not reached our best yet. Honing in on that over the training camps and moving onto the Worlds I think we should be in with a shot at a good medal which is a very exciting opportunity for the women’s eight”.

She also spoke about how the eight has developed through the season: “It’s a bit of a mixed boat we’ve got. There are some old hands but also some very new, young blood in the boat and as a result I think each regatta we go to we’re performing a lot better than the last. I think we have a lot of progress to make, just to knit things together and find that unity'.

Alan Sinclair, of Inverness, will race alongside Scott Durant and cox Henry Fieldman in a coxed men’s pair for the World Championships. They won a silver medal together at the most recent World Cup in Lucerne, having only very recently been placed in this boat.

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Imogen Walsh, also from Inverness, will once again race with 2012 Olympic Champion, Kat Copeland, in the lightweight women’s double scull. This is a new partnership for the 2014 season but they have produced some very promising results with Copeland showing no signs of ring rustiness after returning to the sport following a year away after her 2012 success.

They won a bronze medal at the European Championships in their first international outing together and have since followed that up with gold medals at both the World Cup regattas this season.

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Walsh commented on the season so far, and the development of her partnership with Copeland: “It’s really exciting. Having won the last two World Cups we’re feeling quite confident but we know all the other crews are going to step on a lot.

“It’s been really interesting developing the partnership with Kat. I feel very much like it’s creating a new boat rather than me slotting into Kat’s boat. We’re taking on new roles and I think that helps keep things fresh, it’s very much starting a new project together and so far it’s working”.

Sam Scrimgeour, who is from Kirriemuir, lines up alongside Jono Clegg in the lightweight men’s pair, having enjoyed good success throughout the year so far. They kicked off the season with a silver medal at the European Championships in Belgrade, and added a bronze medal at the most recent World Cup regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Scrimgeour said: “I’m very excited. I think we’ve got some good things that we need to work on, we know what we need to do and it’s all quite exciting going into the World Championships”.

The open weight women's quadruple scull has been selected and features Premnay’s Vicki Meyer Laker, Lucinda Gooderham, Beth Rodford and Kristina Stiller.

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Performance Director Sir David Tanner said: “I’m proud of our rowers and our coaches for producing some cracking results at the World Cups. Now what matters is the World Championships and I feel we have a good platform for that”.

Article provided by GB Rowing Media Team

All Photographs courtesy of Peter Spurrier at Intersport Images


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CREW LISTS

World Rowing Championships 2014
(listed bow to stroke with cox)
Amsterdam, 24-31 August

OPEN

WOMEN

Pair

Helen Glover (Minerva Bath RC/Penzance/17.06.86)/
Heather Stanning (Army RC/Lossiemouth/26.01.85)
Coaches: Robin Williams & Paul Thompson

Eight (in alpha order)

Rosamund Bradbury (Leander Club/Banstead/17.12.88)/
Jessica Eddie (London RC/Durham/07.10.84)/
Donna Etiebet (Sport Imperial BC/London/29.04.86)/
Katie Greves (Leander Club/Oxford/02.09.82)/
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/Richmond, N. Yorks/15.12.85)/
Caragh McMurtry (Reading Univ BC/Southampton/22.08.91)/
Louisa Reeve (Leander Club/London/16.05.84)/
Polly Swann (Leander Club/Edinburgh/15.06.88)/
Zoe de Toledo (cox) (Leander Club/London/17.07.87)
Coach: James Harris

Single scull

Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/Wrexham/30.11.87)
Coaches: Paul Thompson/Robin Williams

Quadruple scull

Kristina Stiller (Tees RC/Yarm/23.06.87)/
Lucinda Gooderham (Sport Imperial BC/Norfolk/09.06.84)/
Victoria Meyer-Laker (Leander Club/Premnay/18.03.88)/
Beth Rodford (Gloucester RC/Gloucester/28.12.82)
Coach: Nick Strange

Open women spares:

Monica Relph (Leander Club/Cambridge/15.01.88)/
Olivia Carnegie-Brown (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Oxford/28.03.91)/
Jessica Leyden (Hollingworth Lake RC/Burnley/22.02.95)

OPEN

MEN

Pair

James Foad (Molesey BC/Southampton/20.03.87)/
Matt Langridge (Leander Club/Northwich/20.05.83)
Coach: Rob Dauncey

Coxed Pair

Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/Inverness/16.10.85)/
Scott Durant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Lancaster/12.02.88/
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Molesey BC/London/25.11.88
Coach: John West

Four

Alex Gregory (Leander Club/Wormington/11.03.84)/
Mohamed Sbihi (Molesey BC/Surbiton/27.03.88)/
George Nash (Molesey BC/Guildford/10.02.89)/
Andrew Triggs Hodge (Molesey BC/Hebden, N. Yorks/03.03.79)
Coach: Jurgen Grobler

Eight

Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell (Univ of London BC/Durham/13.04.88)/
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Shepperton/11.07.90)/
Will Satch (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/09.06.89)/
Matthew Gotrel (Leander Club/Chipping Campden/01.03.89)/
Pete Reed (Leander Club/Nailsworth, Glos/27.07.81)/
Paul Bennett (Univ of London BC/Leeds/16.12.88)/
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/Cambridge/06.09.85)/
Constantine Louloudis (OUBC, London, 15/09/91)/
Phelan Hill (cox) (Leander Club/Putney & Bedford/21.07.79)
Coaches: Christian Felkel & Jurgen Grobler

Double scull

John Collins (Leander Club/Twickenham/24.01.89)/
Jonathan Walton (Leander Club/Leicester/06.10.90)
Coach: Mark Banks

Quadruple scull

Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/Preston/08.11.88)/
Sam Townsend (Reading Univ BC/Reading/26.11.85)/
Charles Cousins (Leander Club/Willingham/13.12.88)/
Peter Lambert (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/03.12.86)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Open men's spares

Oliver Cook (Univ of London BC/Windsor/05.06.90)/
Phil Congdon (Molesey BC/Bury St Edmunds/06.06.89)
Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/Maidenhead/21.11.93)

LIGHTWEIGHT

WOMEN

Double scull

Imogen Walsh (London RC/Inverness/17.01.84)/
Kat Copeland (Tees RC/Ashington/01.12.90)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Quadruple scull

Ruth Walczak ((Molesey BC/Rochdale/15.09.88)/
Eleanor Piggott (Wallingford RC/Olney/16.05.91)/
Brianna Stubbs (Wallingford RC/Headington/13.07.91)/
Charlotte Taylor (Putney Town RC/Bedford/14.08.85)
Coach: Tom Evens

MEN

Pair

Jonathan Clegg (Leander Club/Maidenhead/14.07.89)/
Sam Scrimgeour (Imperial College BC/Kirriemuir/28.01.88)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Four

Mark Aldred (London RC/London/18.04.87)/
Peter Chambers (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/Coleraine/14.03.90)/
Richard Chambers (Leander Club/Coleraine/10.06.85)/
Chris Bartley (Leander Club/Chester/02.02.84)
Coach: Rob Morgan

Lightweight men's spare:

Zak Lee Green (Agecroft RC/Cardiff/05.02.91)

Double scull

William Fletcher (Leander Club/Chester-le-Street/24.12.89)/
Jamie Kirkwood (Leander Club/Creswell/30.08.89)
Coach: Darren Whiter

PARA SQUAD

Arms & Shoulders Men’s Single Scull

Tom Aggar (Royal Docks RC/Maidenhead/24.05.84)
Coach: Nick Baker

Arms & Shoulders Women’s Single Scull

Rachel Morris (Guildford RC/Farnham/25.04.70)
Coach: Nick Baker

Legs-Trunk -Arms Mixed Coxed Four

Grace Clough (Nottingham RC/Sheffield/ 21.06.91)/
Pamela Relph (Leander Club/Aylesbury/14.11.89)/
Dan Brown (Upper Thames RC/Reading/29.11.82)
James Fox (Univ of London/Peterborough/02.05.92)/
Oliver James (cox) (Leander Club/Henley-on-Thames/05.10.90)
Coach: Tom Dyson

MANAGEMENT AND TEAM SUPPORT

Performance

Sir David Tanner, Performance Director / Team Manager
Jürgen Grobler, Chief Coach Men
Paul Thompson, Chief Coach Women & Lightweights
Louise Kingsley, ATM – Para

Medical & Science

Ann Redgrave, Doctor
Liz Arnold, Physiotherapist
Roz Brawn, Physiotherapist
Sally Brown, Physiotherapist
Pat Dunleavy, Physiotherapist
Mark Homer, Physiologist
Media & Logistics
Maggie Netto, ATM - Admin
Maurice Hayes, ATM - Resources
John Tetley, Boatman
Caroline Searle, Press Officer

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EVENT INFORMATION

The outline racing schedule is as follows.
NB - rowing is an outdoor sport and timetables may change at the last minute due to weather conditions. For updated information please visit: www.worldrowing.com or follow us on twitter: @gbrowingteam.

Listed below in potential order of racing each day.

SUNDAY 24 August

13.30 - 18.00: Heats of the:

Lightweight men's and women's single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Men's and women's pair, (M2-, W2-)
Lightweight men's and women's double scull (LM2x, LW2x)
Men's four (M4-)
Men's and women's quadruple scull (M4x, W4x)
Men's single scull (M1x)

MONDAY 25 August

11.14 - 12.40 Heats of the:

Arms-only men's and women's single scull (ASM1x, ASW1x)
Trunk and arms double scull (TA2x)
Leg Trunks and Arms double scull (LTA2x)
Leg trunks and arms coxed four (LTA4+)

14.05 - 17.45 Heats or reps of the:

Lightweight men's pair (LM2-)
Lightweight men's and women's single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Lightweight men's and women's quadruple scull (LM4x, LW4x)
Lightweight men's double scull (LM2x)
Men's and women's double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men's four (LM4-)
Women's eight (W8+)
Men's and women's single scull (M1x, W1x)
Men's eight (M8+)

TUESDAY 26 August

13.20 - 14.20 Repechages of the:

Arms-shoulders men's and women's single scull (ASM1x, ASW1x)
Trunk and Arms double scull (TA2x)
Legs Trunk and Arms double scull (LTA2x)
Leg trunk and arms coxed four (LTA4+)

15.22 - 15.45 Repechages of the:

Lightweight women's single scull (Lw1x)
Women's and men's pair (W2-, M2-)
Lightweight women's double scull (LW2x)
Men's four (M4-)
Women's and men's quadruple sculls (M4x, W4x)

WEDNESDAY 27 August

11.44 - 12.10 B finals of:

Arms-shoulders women's single scull (ASW1x)
Trunk-arms double scull (TA2x)
Leg trunk and arms double scull (LTA2x)
Leg trunk arms coxed four (LTA4+)

and: Semi-finals of:

Arms-shoulders men's single scull (ASM1x)

14.18 - 17.45 Repechages or quarter-finals of:

Lightweight men's pair (LM2-)
Lightweight men's single scull (LM1x)
Lightweight men's and women's quadruple scull (LM4x, LW4x)
Lightweight men's double scull (LM2x)
Men's and women's double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men's four (LM4-)
Women's eight (W8+)
Men's and women's single scull (M1x, W1x)
Men's eight (M8+)

THURSDAY 28 August

14.15 - 16.50 Semi-finals of:

Lightweight men's and women's single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Women's and men's pair (W2-, M2-)
Lightweight men's and women's single scull (LM2x, LW2x)
Men' four (M4-)
Men's quadruple scull (M4x)

17.30 - 18.40 Para-rowing FINALS

B final, arms shoulders men's single scull (ASM1x)

followed by A Finals:

Arms shoulders women's and men's single scull (ASW1x, ASM1x)
Trunk Arms double scull (TA2x)
Leg, Trunks Arms double scull (LTA2x)
Leg trunks arms coxed four (LTA4+)

Friday 29 August

13.30 - 14.00 B finals of:

Lightweight men's pair (LM2-)
Lightweight men's and women's single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Lighwteight men's and women's quadruple scull (LM4x, LW4x)

14.15 - 15.45 Semi-finals of:

Men's and women's double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men's four (LM4-)
Men's and women's single scull (M1x, W1x)

16.00 - 17.45 FINALS of:

Women's four (W4-)
Men's coxed pair (M2+)
Lightweight men's pair (LM2-)
Lightweight men's and women's single scull (LM1x, LW1x)
Lightweight men's and women's quadruple scull (LM4x, LW4x)
Lightweight men's eight (LM8+)

SATURDAY 30 August

10.33 - 11.33 B Finals of:

Women's and men's pair (M2-, W2-)
Lightweight men's and women's double scull (LM2x, LW2x)
Men's four (M4-)
Women's and men's quarduple scull (M4x, W4x)

13.33 - 15.03 FINALS of:

Women's and men's pair (W2-, M2-)
Lightweight men's and women's double scull (LM2x, LW2x)
Men's four (M4-)
Women's and men's quadruple scull (W4x, M4x)

SUNDAY 31 August

10.33 - 11.35 B Finals of:

Men's and women's double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men's four (LM4-)
Women's eight (W8+)
Men's and women's single scull (M1x, W1x)
Men's eight (M8+)

13.03 - 14.33 FINALS OF:

Men's and women's double scull (M2x, W2x)
Lightweight men's four (LM4-)
Women's eight (W8+)
Men's and women's single scull (M1x, W1x)
Men's eight (M8+)

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