Anna Thornton to go to Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China


Sunday, 13 July 2014 11:49 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Sunday, 13 July 2014 13:10


Anna Thornton from Becket School and Nottingham Rowing Club, along with Chris Lawrie from Sir William Borlase's Grammar School Boat Club, will represent rowing and the nation at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China from 16-28 August.

Both athletes receive SportsAid funding, and are among 33 athletes across 14 sports nominated by the British Olympic Association. With many of the senior Team GB already on their journey to Rio 2016, the Youth Olympics play a crucial role in the development of young athletes.

After winning gold in last year's Anglo-French match, Anna is now part of a team set to pit themselves against over 3,000 athletes from 200 countries.

Robin Dowell, rowing team leader, said: "Its a fantastic opportunity for the two athletes. They will have the opportunity of living in an Olympic Village and race outside Europe, which in the past has helped athletes step up their performance."

Anna Thornton said: "I am really looking forward to visiting Nanjing, it will be exciting to be surrounded by so many talented athletes from a wide range of sports. As well as racing on the water it will be a great cultural and social experience."

Nottingham Rowing Club have helped Anna buy a new boat supplied by Ruddington-based company 'Oarsport'.


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Nottingham Rowing Club's champion sculler, Anna Thornton