09:00AM, Sunday 16 May 2021
Jack Beaumont (right) with Harry Leask.
Cookham’s Helen Glover (Marlow RC) and Maidenhead’s Jack Beaumont (Leander RC) are among the Great British athletes selected to compete at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, next Sunday (May 23), Team GB’s final international competition ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The GB team comprises nine medal winning crews from the recent European Championships, including Glover’s gold medal-winning partnership with Polly Swann in the women’s pair.
The men’s four, which features Windsor’s Ollie Cook and Marlow’s Rory Gibbs alongside Matt Rossiter and Sholto Carnegie were also victorious at the recent championships in Italy.
Also selected and looking to impress on the international stage ahead of this summer’s Olympics is Beaumont, who’ll team up with Harry Leask, Angus Groom and Thomas Barras in the men’s quadruple sculls.
Windsor’s Matilda Horn is also set to cox the women’s eight on the waters of Lake Lucerne.
British Rowing’s director of performance, Brendan Purcell, said: “This World Cup is our last chance to race internationally before the Olympic Games and will give each rower the chance to stake their claim on a spot on the Team ahead of our final Olympic selection early next month.
“After a successful European Championships, where we topped the medal table, securing three gold, three silver and three bronze medals across our Olympic crews, the team came back with specific race components to focus on and improve in their delivery at World Cup II. Seven of these crews are back together in Lucerne, and, along with the rest of the squad, can’t wait to get out on the water to challenge the areas they have been working on by racing against some quality international competitors. It’s set to be a great final test for everyone and will provide useful insight on the areas to perfect and enhance in our final preparation block that will set us up for the games this summer!”
You can watch the GB Rowing Team’s endeavours from Lucerne on Sunday, May 23 on the BBC Red Button, iPlayer and BBC website.