23 July 17:11 (BST)

DOUGLAS hopes for golden homecoming for British rowing crew

GLASGOW - The British women's eight has a point to prove at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Just a few weeks ago the newly formed crew raced at Henley Royal Regatta, traditionally a chance for the top British rowers to compete and win on home water. But in the men's and women's eights events, strong Australian squads won in record times.

Crew member Katherine DOUGLAS (GBR) said the British women were philosophical about their loss.

"Henley was our first race as a crew, as the top eight," she said. "We actually came out of Henley quite chuffed. Although we didn't win it and it's obviously not the outcome we desired, the processes are coming and coming, and we're only getting better and better."

The Great Britain team went back to their training base at Caversham, near Reading, and set about making their boats go faster. In the middle of a heavy two-week training block, DOUGLAS said the women's eight was succeeding in that aim.

"Every day we get better and every day we improve, so I'm really looking forward to showing what we can do in the Europeans," she said. "Thankfully the Australians aren't going to be there so we don't have to worry about them."

For DOUGLAS, there is more at stake at Glasgow 2018 than proving this year's crew are worthy successors to the eight who won the 2016 European Championships before going on to take silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

"This is a home crowd for me, I'm Scottish. Last time I raced here [at Strathclyde Country Park] was at the Commonwealth regatta [at theĀ 2014 Commonwealth Rowing Championships] with Karen BENNETT (GBR). We did the double, the four, everything. I actually caught a crab [got her blade stuck in the water], which meant we came last, so it would be good to right some wrongs."

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