THE Great Britain rowing squad for the Rio Olympics was announced this afternoon (Thursday) at Henley’s River and Rowing Museum.
Olympic champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning return to defend their title in the women’s pair while Leander Club’s Alex Gregory will look to defend his men’s four gold from London 2012 alongside Mo Sbihi, George Nash and Constantine Louloudis.
Olympic lightweight women’s double sculls champion Katherine Copeland will seek to defend her crown in Rio alongside Olympic debutante Charlotte Taylor.
The equivalent lightweight men’s double scull will feature London 2012 lightweight men’s four silver medallist Richard Chambers with another first time Olympian, Will Fletcher.
Peter Chambers, Richard’s younger brother, will race with his London 2012 silver- medal winning crew mate Chris Bartley in a lightweight four which also includes Jono Clegg and Mark Aldred.
Katherine Grainger and Leander’s Vicky Thornley miss out on places in the women’s eight.
Their double scull campaign was dissolved last month to focus on earning seats in the larger boat but they were unsuccessful in the selection process.
Zoe de Toledo will cox the eight which includes Frances Houghton and Polly Swann, who missed London 2012 at the last minute due to injury.
Alan Campbell will race in the single sculsl at his fourth Olympics, while Jonathan Walton and John Collins will contest the men’s double sculls.
Peter Lambert, Sam Townsend, Angus Groom and Graeme Thomas will compete in the quadruple sculls.
A group of 12 men’s sweep rowers have been named in addition to the men’s four and will form the men’s eight, pair and two reserves.
The group features Matt Langridge, Pete Reed, Andrew Triggs Hodge and Henley’s Will Satch.
The final seats in the open women’s double scull, women’s spare and lightweight spare will be named in due course.
Sir David Tanner, British Rowing’s performance director and Team GB Rowing team leader, said: “I am confident that we have a very strong team being announced today for Rio.
“We have had a few curved balls this season already with illness and have a final run-out at the world cup in Poznan next week before going to Rio.
“I am sure these will be a challenging but exceptional Games with a truly brilliant field of play for rowing at the Lagoa.”