Nottingham Rowing Club: pathway to the top


Sunday, 10 March 2013 17:41 Written by Administrator


The team for the Samsung World Rowing Cup has been published and has four names who were full time members of Nottingham Rowing Club.

The World Cup will take place on the rowing lake used for the Sydney Olympics in 2000, scene of Sir Steve Redgrave’s epic win, on 22nd-24th March 2013.

Selected for the men’s eight is Matt Gotrel who last year was in Nottingham’s winning Wyfold Four and came 4th with team GB in an eight at the European Championships. Matt was a sailor and only took up rowing in 2009. He was coached at the National Watersports Centre by World Class Start coach Julie Edwards and on the river by Dan Johnson. He has recently gone to Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames to train with the National Squad. Joining him in the eight will be three of the gold medal winners from the men’s coxless four at the London Olympics. Sir David Tanner,GB Rowing’s Performance Director, sees it as a "Big Guns and New Names" policy.

In addition to Matt, Vicky Meyer-Laker is to row in the Women’s Eight and double scull with Frances Houghton. Monica Relph and Kristina Stiller are in a quadruple scull.

Commented Club President Keith Atkinson: "The fact that Matt is in the GB Eight after just a few weeks speaks volumes not only for his obvious talent but for the excellent coaching he received in Nottingham: this is clearly recognised by GB coaches who are anxious to attract Nottingham Rowing Club members south. We are seen as a pathway to international rowing, in fact I heard that a member at Molesey Rowing Club, great rivals of Leander, called us the  'Northern Recruitment Centre’ "