WILL SATCH says he was “shocked” to have been chosen as the stroke of the men’s eight.
The 24-year-old Leander rower replaces Andrew Triggs-Hodge, who will sit two places behind in coach Jurgen Grobler’s top boat in the squad for the World Championships that begin in South Korea on August 25.
“I’m pretty excited about it and it seems to be going quite well,” said Satch, of Duke Street, Henley.
“It’s not a set thing, it’s about the whole crew and putting everyone in the right seats. It’s just a different line-up than it was — I don’t think it’s any better than it was but hopefully it will be faster.”
Satch said he will offer a different rhythm akin to his experience in the pair, in which he won a bronze medal at the London Olympics, for his teammates to follow.
He said: “I know it’s an eight but the rhythm we had in the pair is maybe a little more fluent than we were and will hopefully help us get the speed we need.”
Satch has also been joined by George Nash, his partner in the pair last summer, who has returned to the GB squad after studying at Cambridge University for the past year.
The former Shiplake College pupil said winning the Grand at Henley Royal Regatta in a course record time was a “massive boost”.
He added: “We know we can do it — individually, we’ve got very strong athletes.
“Me and George are rowing with double Olympic champions and you’ve got two guys who have raced in the eight for six consecutive years.
“But it’s about everyone bedding in and beginning to row as an eight rather than rowing like we are in the pair.”
It’s the first time Satch has competed at the World Championships after he was thrown into Olympic contention five months before the London 2012 Games with the instructions to build towards Rio 2016. Having defied all expectations, he is hoping to add another medal to his ever-expanding haul.
He said: “Everyone’s hope and dream is to win. We wouldn’t be going there if we didn’t think that. I’ve got confidence and I know we can do it but we will have to get it right on the day. We’ve proved it in training before, we’ve proved it in different line-ups.
“We could go out in a different line-up everyday and it should be able to work and I think the altitude training we’ve done up in the mountains in Austria is going to help us. I think we’re ready.”