A TOTAL of 30 Leander athletes have been selected for the GB team which will contest
A TOTAL of 30 Leander athletes have been selected for the GB team which will contest the second World Cup regatta of the season this weekend.
Fresh from their success at the European Championships three weeks ago the team will face bigger challenges on the waters of Lake Varese, Italy, where many non-European nations will open their international account for the 2015 season.
Many of the gold-medal winning crews from the Europeans remain unchanged, including Leander’s Matt Langridge and Molesey’s James Foad in the men’s pair. Also unchanged are the new look GB men’s four, in which Leander’s Al Sinclair and Tom Ransley join forces with University College London’s Nathaniel Reilly-O’Donnell and Oxford Brookes’ Scott Durant.
Among the lightweight men there’s a change, as Leander’s Jono Clegg and Imperial’s Sam Scrimgeour move out of the four and back into the lightweight men’s pair â?? the boat in which they were 2014 world bronze medallists.
Meanwhile the all-Leander lightweight men’s double of Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher remains unchanged, having impressed with a European silver in their first international outing together.
In the women’s double Olympic champion Katherine Grainger and Leander’s Vicky Thornley have swapped seats since their bronze medal together in Poland.
In the men’s quad Leander’s Charles Cousins is ruled out of racing after breaking a bone in his hand. Jack Beaumont subbed in the boat three weeks ago to earn a bronze medal, but this time his U23 doubles partner Angus Groom gets a run-out, while Beaumont races in the single scull, alongside the returning 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell. who returns after time out with an injury.
Other Leander athletes in Italy include Jonny Walton and John Collins, who continue in the men’s double, while Vicky Meyer-Laker makes a return to competitive racing after injury in the women’s eight which is coxed by Zoe de Toledo.
Two more Leander athletes are named in second boats for men’s and women’s pairs. Calum McBrierty teams up with Brookes’ Mat Tarrant in the men’s event while Lucinda Gooderham partners Agecroft’s Rebecca Chin in the women’s boat.
Racing this weekend also features a full para-rowing programme, with reigning Paralympic and world champion Pam Relph retaining her seat in the mixed four with James Fox, Grace Clough, Dan Brown and cox Oli James.