11:07am Friday 9th August 2013
By Ashley Loveridge
OLYMPIC champion Peter Reed leads Gloucestershire's representation as part of the GB Rowing Team selected for the World Championships in Chungju, Korea later this month.
The eight-day regatta takes place from August 25 to September 1. Reed, from Nailsworth, is one of three returning 2012 gold medallists from the men's four who will race in the men's eight (the other two being Andrew Triggs Hodge and Alex Gregory). They will be joined by Tom Ransley, Dan Ritchie, George Nash, Mohamed Sbihi, Will Satch and cox Phelan Hill.
The crew won gold at their home world cup regatta in Eton Dorney before finishing outside the medals in Lucerne last month, where they had to settle for fourth position. In the women's equivalent event, Gloucester's Beth Rodford will form part of the same GB eight that came fourth in the record-breaking final in Lucerne, during which the USA set a new world-best time.
She will be joined in the boat by fellow experienced Olympians Louisa Reeve, Jess Eddie and Katie Greves, with Zoe Lee, Sarah Cowburn, Melanie Wilson, Louisa Reeve, Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Zoe de Toledo (cox) completing the line-up.
The crew have only had limited opportunities to race this season due to a lack of competition, most recently finishing fourth at the Lucerne world cup.
Chipping Campden's Matt Gotrel is one four rowers under consideration for the men's pair.
Elsewhere, after their hat-trick of 2013 World Cup gold medals Olympic Champion Helen Glover and Polly Swann are predictably named in the women's pair slot.
Brothers Peter and Richard Chambers race the lightweight men's double scull once more and Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell, from the Coleraine-connected trio in the GB squad, is the selected men's open weight single sculler.
Agecroft RC's Graeme Thomas, who turned from rugby to rowing and joined the GB Rowing Team Start programme just a few short years ago, is fit once more and rejoins the men's quadruple scull with Charles Cousins, Sam Townsend and Peter Lambert.
The quartet, minus Thomas but with sculling reserve Jonathan Walton on board, came close to a medal in Lucerne as did Frances Houghton and Vicky Meyer-Laker who are named today in the women's double scull after winning medals in two of the 2013 world cups.
There are no changes in the men's double and four, women's single, lightweight men's single, and four, nor in the lightweight women's single or double. Mark Aldred and Sam Scrimegour, gold winners in Eton Dorney and Lucerne have been named in the lightweight men's pair ahead of the GB U23 world champion duo.
Since a somewhat disappointing final world cup in Lucerne - at which the team won two golds and a bronze - all of the senior squad have been away at their traditional, annual altitude camps before returning to finish off their preparations this week at the GB Rowing Team lottery-funded national training centre near Reading.
"Lucerne was useful in that it gave us a baseline from which to move forward," said GB Rowing Team Performance Director, Sir David Tanner.
"This year has all been about giving new, young rowers their chance at the top alongside our more experienced names. So we should not expect big fireworks in Korea but this team still has the talent to sparkle."
GB has also named its para-rowing squad for Chungju today. Tom Aggar has been named in the arms-shoulders men's single scull and the leg-trunks-arms mixed coxed four will be Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, James Fox, Oliver Hester and cox Oliver James.
Both GB crews won world cup gold at Eton Dorney in June but know that the field will strengthen for the World Championships. Relph, Riches and Aggar are the only returning 2012 Paralympians.
Relph's selection today means a second set of siblings in the squad for Korea. Her sister Monica races in the women's quad in Chungju - a first time selection for both at a senior World Championships. The team leaves for Korea next week.
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