Congratulations to Alan,Richard and Peter as they take their first steps towards London 2012.

Congratulations to Alan,Richard and Peter as they take their first steps towards London 2012.

The GB Rowing Team, which is sponsored by Siemens and supported by the National Lottery, has today announced the crews that will compete in the first world cup of the 2012 season in Belgrade, Serbia, from May 4-6th.

“World Cups are important competitions in their own right but this one will be more significant than usual as it gives us the first glimpse of the potential 2012 racing form of our crews”, said GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner.  “We are always ambitious to do well and will want to see a number of crews on the Belgrade podium.  We will take into account performances in Belgrade as we shape the Team for the remainder of the season”.

Alan Campbell, World medalist for the past three seasons, will race the single scull.

Since 2007 Britain has also emerged as a world force in lightweight rowing in all three Olympic boat categories – the lightweight men’s and women’s doubles and the lightweight men’s four as well as seeing success in the International Class lightweight men’s pair and women’s quadruple scull where GB are reigning world champions.

Zac Purchase and Mark Hunter have been named for Belgrade in the lightweight men’s double scull providing the first step in what could, subject to selection, be a fairytale ending for the East End’s Mark Hunter on his “home” water should he and Purchase successfully defend the Olympic title they won so consummately in 2008.  It is unlikely, though, that their full overseas opposition will be in Belgrade.

There is also a proud family celebrating in Coleraine today as the Chambers brothers Richard, World Champion in 2007 and 2010, and Peter, 2011 World Champion in the lightweight men’s pair, have been selected into the lightweight men’s four to race with Rob Williams and Chris Bartley also 2010 World Champions. Competition has been amongst its fiercest in this lightweight men’s squad in which GB will also race a lightweight men’s pair of Paul Mattick andAdam Freeman-Pask in Belgrade.

If Richard and Peter Chambers are selected eventually for the Olympic Games team they will follow in the footsteps of brothers Pete and Matt Wells and Greg and Jonny Searle who have raced as siblings on the same Olympic team.  They will be the first to race together in the same Olympic boat since the Searles in 1992.

April 5th, 2012

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