19 Jul 2018

Great Britain team for Glasgow 2018 European Rowing Championships announced

Reigning European champion Vicky Thornley will race to defend her single sculls title on home water in August, having been named among 53 athletes to compete for Great Britain at Glasgow 2018.

Rowing is one of six sports that form the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, with Great Britain sending a full-strength squad to race at Strathclyde Country Park. The regatta marks the first time the GB Rowing Team has competed on home water since 2013.

Thornley claimed her first senior title in Racice last May by just under a second and is likely to face another strong field in her bid to retain her crown.

Joining Thornley is an unchanged men’s quadruple sculls, fresh from their gold medal at World Cup 3 in Lucerne. John Collins, Jonny Walton, Graeme Thomas and Tom Barras will be looking to win their third medal of the season, having also topped the podium at World Cup 1 in Belgrade at the start of the year.

Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont also continue their partnership in the double sculls, having won gold and silver at the two World Cup regattas they competed in this season.

The men’s and women’s eights remain unchanged from their outings at Henley Royal Regatta. The men’s eight, featuring Olympic champions Will Satch, Moe Sbihi and Tom Ransley, will go to battle once more with Germany, with GB winning two silver medals so far this season.

The women’s eight also took silver at World Cup 1 in Belgrade and features Glasgow 2018 ambassador Karen Bennett and Holly Norton, who won bronze at the European Rowing Championships last year in the pair alongside Bennett.

Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne and Jess Leyden won bronze in the women’s quadruple sculls last year and are joined again by Olympic silver medallist Zoe Lee and Melissa Wilson – the same crew that won the Princess Grace Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

And Emily Craig returns from injury to partner Ellie Piggott in the lightweight women’s double scull, in which she also won European bronze in 2017.

British Rowing Director of Performance Brendan Purcell said: “Glasgow 2018 is an important event for us. It is a great opportunity to perform in front of a home crowd and for many of our athletes it will be their first taste of a multi-sport event.

“We’ve seen some encouraging performances so far this year as we build to the business end of the season. Credit goes to Jürgen Grobler, Paul Thompson and the wider support staff for ensuring the athletes are able to perform at the highest level.

“We anticipate hard racing, which I’m sure will give the athletes the confidence and motivation to head into another tough training block ahead of September’s World Championships. Each competition is another opportunity to evaluate how far we have progressed and importantly direct the energies and attention of athletes, coaches and support team to continue improving.”

See below for the full list of athletes who will compete for Great Britain in Glasgow between 2-5 August. You can follow all of the action across British Rowing’s social media channels as well as watching live coverage on the BBC.

Tickets to the rowing are still available via www.glasgow2018.com/tickets

Great Britain squad for European Championships, Glasgow

Men’s squad

Men’s Pair

Oliver Cook (Univ. of London BC/ Oxford)
Matt Rossiter (Leander Club/ Newbury)
Coach: Steve Trapmore

Men’s Four

Tom Ford (Leander Club/ Holmes Chapel)
Jacob Dawson (Leander Club/ Plymouth)
Adam Neill (Leander Club/ Peterborough)
James Johnston (Leander Club/ Henley-on-Thames)
Coaches: Christian Felkel

Men’s Eight

Tom George (Leander Club/ Oxford)
Tom Jeffery (Leander Club/ Plymouth)
Oliver Wynne-Griffith (Leander Club/ Guildford)
Tom Ransley (Leander Club/ Ashford, Kent)
Moe Sbihi (Molesey BC/ Surbiton)
Alan Sinclair (Leander Club/ Inverness)
Matthew Tarrant (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/ Shepperton)
Will Satch (Leander Club/ Henley-on-Thames)
(cox) Henry Fieldman (Leander Club/ London)
Coach: Jürgen Grobler

Men’s Single Scull

Harry Leask (Leander Club/ Edinburgh)
Coach: Dan Moore

Lightweight Men’s Single Scull

Sam Mottram (Leander Club/ Stoke Mandeville)
Coach: Hamish Burrell

Men’s Double Scull

Angus Groom (Leander Club/ Glasgow)
Jack Beaumont (Leander Club/ Maidenhead)
Coach: Dan Moore

Lightweight Men’s Double Scull

Jamie Copus (Oxford Brookes Univ BC/ Watlington)
Zak Lee-Green (Agecroft RC/ Cardiff)
Coach: Hamish Burrell

Men’s Quadruple Scull

John Collins (Leander Club/ Twickenham)
Jonny Walton (Leander Club/ Leicester)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC/ Preston)
Tom Barras (Leander Club/ Staines)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Women’s squad

Women’s Pair

Rowan McKellar (Leander Club/ Glasgow)
Harriet Taylor (Leander Club/ Sunningdale)
Coach: Jane Hall

Women’s Four

Sara Parfett (University of London BC/ Rochester)
Caragh McMurtry (Coalporters ARC/ Southampton)
Emily Ashford (Leander Club/ Buckfastleigh)
Jo Wratten (Leander Club/ Middlesbrough)
Coach: Tom Pattichis

Women’s Eight

Anastasia Chitty (Leander Club/ Oxford)
Katherine Douglas (Leander Club/ Edinburgh)
Holly Hill (Cambridge Univ. Women’s BC/ Gossington)
Rebecca Girling (Molesey BC/ Fareham)
Fiona Gammond (Leander Club/ Bicester)
Holly Norton (Leander Club/ Johannesburg)
Karen Bennett (Leander Club/ Edinburgh)
Rebecca Shorten (Imperial College BC/ Belfast)
(cox) Matilda Horn (University of London BC/ Windsor)
Coach: James Harris/Paul Thompson

Women’s Single Scull

Victoria Thornley (Leander Club/ Wrexham)
Coach: Paul Reedy

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull

Ellie Piggott (Wallingford RC/ Bedford)
Emily Craig (University of London BC/ Mark Cross)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Women’s Quadruple Scull

Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne (Reading Univ. BC/Hereford)
Melissa Wilson (Cambridge Univ. Women’s BC/ Edinburgh)
Jessica Leyden (Leander Club/ Todmorden)
Zoe Lee (Imperial College BC/ Richmond, N. Yorks)
Coach: Paul Thompson/ James Harris