Rowers start the Rio cycle well


Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:32 Written by Administrator


Far away from the awful weather and cancelled events in the UK, the first round of the Samsung Rowing World Cup was held in sunny Sydney, Australia. The men's eight won gold in an excellent time of under 5' 30", ahead of the USA, Australia and New Zealand. This crew contained Matt Gotrel, who last year was in Nottingham Rowing Club's winning four in the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta; although now based at Leander Club in Henley, all credit goes to the coaching he received while on Trentside.

Another ex-Nottingham oarswoman, Vicky Meyer-Laker, won bronze in the double sculls behind New Zealand and China, but in front of the USA and Australia; she then came 4th in the Women’s eight, which was also won by Australia. Two more former Nottingham rowers, Monica Relph and Tina Stiller, were fourth in the quadruple sculls, again won by Australia.

These four athletes underline Nottingham Rowing Club’s claim not only to be "Home of Champions" but also the "Route to the Top". Team GB won 4 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronzes at the regatta; attention now switches to the 2nd round of the Samsung World Cup to be raced at Eton Dorney on June 21st-23rd. Tickets are already on sale from British Rowing.