Team GBR announced for World University Rowing Championships

A team of 32 athletes will be travelling to Szeged, Hungary to take part in the 11th World University Rowing Championships. The GBR rowing team will be competing against crews from 27 other nations between Friday 13th and Sunday 15th August. The 2010 squad includes many athletes who gained medals whilst representing Great Britain at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Belarus last month.

Jamie Kirkwood, a sports scholar at Roehampton, has already had a fantastic season having won the Visitors Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and a gold medal in the Lightweight Men’s 4s at the Under 23 Championships. Jamie will compete in the Lightweight Men’s Double sculls with partner Sam Scrimegour from Strathclyde who won a bronze medal in the lightweight quads at the Under 23 regatta.

The Men’s 8 contains a wealth of experience where Matt Tarrant, Karl Hudspith and Scott Durant who won a bronze medal in the same event at the World Under 23s will be joined by Henry Pelly, George Nash and Fred Gill who were part of this year’s victorious Light Blue boat from Cambridge. Along with crewmates Stephen Feeney (who has represented Great Britain numerous times including last year at the Senior World Championships) and Matt Rossiter (who won a silver medal in the coxless four at the Under 23 regatta, they will be coxed by Max Gander from University of London who steered the Under 23 coxed four to a bronze medal last month.

Team GBR will also field a strong crew in the Women’s fours with Leonara Kennedy, Monica Relph and Emily Taylor who were in the Gold medal winning 8 at the 2009 U23 Championships. They are joined by Zoe Lee from Kings College, London who returns this year following a back injury in 2009.


Team GBR

LW 1x 
 Lottie Burgess – Reading Univ
LW 2x
 Laura Greenhalgh – Imperial College
 Andrea Dennis – Wallingford (Oxford Brookes)
W 4- 
 Emily Taylor – Durham Univ
 Monica Relph – Nottingham RC (Nottingham Univ)
 Leonora Kennedy – Imperial College
 Zoe Lee – Imperial College
LM 1x 
Ben Rowe – Teesside Univ
M 8+ 
 Stephen Feeney – London RC/St Marys Twickenham
 Henry Pelly – Cambridge Univ
 George Nash – Cambridge Univ
 Fred Gill – Cambridge Univ
 Karl Hudspith – Oxford Brookes
 Matt Rossiter – Durham Univ
 Matt Tarrant – Oxford Brookes
 Scott Durant -Oxford Brookes
Cox Max Gander – UCL
 Alex Holden Smith – Oxford Brookes
 John Clay – Cambridge Univ
 Dave Bell – Hertfordshire Univ
 Ben Bathurst – Bristol Univ
 John Hale – Cambridge Univ
 Alex Gillies – Imperial College
 Charlie Pitt-Ford – Cambridge Univ
 Simon Barr – Oxford Brookes Univ
LM 2x 
 Jamie Kirkwood – Roehampton Univ
 Sam Scrimgeour – Strathclyde Univ
M 2- 
 Murray Wilkojc – Newcastle Univ
 Phil Congdon – Durham Univ
 Andrew Corrigan – Newcastle Univ
 Mason Durant Newcastle Univ
W 1x 
 Erica Bodman – Bath Minerva/Cambridge Univ
Coaches and Support Team
James Lee, Team Manager
Peter Sheppard, Lead Coach
Angelo Savarino, Coach (Newcastle Univ)
Eira Parry, Coach (Start Programme, Reading Univ)
Steve Trapmore, Coach (Imperial College)
Stuart Whitelaw, Coach (Imperial College)
Lee Boucher, Logistics/Driver (Heriot-Watt)
Graeme Cunningham, Driver (Heriot-Watt)
Geoff Twinning, Physio