South West Pays Tribute to Region’s Olympians

26th August 2008

The Region’s 59 athletes contributed to a total of 15 medals during the Beijing 2008 Olympics, with Ben Ainslie, Sarah Ayton, Paul Goodison, Andrew Simpson, Steve Williams and Peter Reed all striking gold.
 
A total of 47 medals were won by Team GB, meaning that medals won by athletes with links to the South West amounted to almost a third of the final total.
 
Highlights included Ben Ainslie confirming his status as the most decorated British sailor of all time with finn class gold and fellow sailor Sarah Ayton striking a second consecutive yngling gold. In rowing, Steve Williams achieved the same feat in the men’s four discipline, having been crowned an Olympic Champion at Athens 2004.
 
The South West was also honoured by the selection of University of Bath based swimmer Mark Foster to carry the British flag at the Opening Ceremony.
 
Sport England South West will be contributing to Sport England’s purpose in the next four years. To build the foundations of sporting success through a world-leading community sport system. As one the of the nine regions of Sport England the South West will achieve this within the region by:

  1. Ensuring that talented people of all backgrounds are identified early, nurtured and helped toward the elite level.
  2. Growing the number of people playing sport.
  3. Ensuring everyone who plays sport has a quality experience and is able to fulfil their potential.

As part of the overall Sport England Strategy, Sport England South West want by 2012 :-
People to excel in sport with well-defined, appropriate talent support systems for each sport so that more talented performers move onto elite programmes.
to sustain participation in sport by increasing the proportion of people satisfied with the aspects of sport that are important to them, and reducing the drop-off at 16 years old in at least 5 selected sports by 25%.
to grow participation in sport by 200,000 adults per annum to 2012, and help young people to access 5 hours of sport a week.

Sport England will achieve this through investment and influence into and with community clubs, coaches, volunteers and facilities. 

Sport England South West
Athletes/ coaches at Beijing 2008 with links to the South West

 
 
Aquatics/ Diving
 
Andy Banks (coach)

 
Andy is a Team GB diving coach at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
 
He lives and works in Plymouth, Devon. Born on 06.10.63 in London, he has been an international coach since 1990, coaching at the Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.  Coaches Tom Daley and Tonia Couch at Plymouth Diving.
 
Tonia Couch (10m individual platform and 10m synchronised platform)
 
Tonia was born, lives and trains in Plymouth, Devon. The 19 year old student who made GBR debut in 2002. Winner of 2005 National Championships, won gold in 10m platform synchronised event at 2007 British Championships and bronze in the same event at the 2007 Australian Youth Festival (AYOF). Finished 4th in 10m synchronised at 2006 Commonwealth Games. Makes Olympic Games debut at Beijing 2008.
 
8th in final of 10m synchronised platform, scoring 303.48 (with Stacie Powell).
8th in final of individual platform with score of 328.70 from total of five dives.
 
 
Tom Daley (10m individual platform and 10m synchronised platform)
 
Tom was born, lives and trains in Plymouth Team GB’s youngest athlete in Beijing, aged just 14 and is GBR’ s second youngest male Olympian, after skater Cecilia Colledge, who competed at the 1932 Winter Games. Became GBR’s youngest diving gold medallist at the 2008 Eindhoven European Championships. Won gold medals in 10m platform and 10m synchronised at the 2008 British Championships.
 
8th in 10m platform synchronised finals with Blake Aldridge, scoring 408.48.
 
7th in 10m platform final with score of 463.55. 
 
 
Stacie Powell (10m individual platform and 10m synchronised platform)
 
Stacie was born in Bristol. The 22 year old diver made his Olympic Games debut at Beijing 2008. Competed at 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games for England, where she finished 4th in  10m platform.  Won gold in 10m platform and 10m synchronised platform at the Manchester 2007 British Championships and came 4th in the10m platform at the Sheffield leg of the 2008 World Series.
 
Finished 8th in 10m synchronised final (with Tonia Couch). The pair scored total of 303.48.
Finished 10th in final of 10m platform with score of 303.50.
 

Aquatics/ Swimming
 
Andrei Cross (100m breaststroke, Barbados)

 
Trains at the University of Bath Swimming Club.  He has represented Barbados at the last two Commonwealth Games, setting a Barbados record of 29.24 seconds in the heats of the 50m breaststroke to book a semi-final berth at Melbourne 2006. He finished 6th in the 50m breaststroke at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
 
Andrei was nursing pain in his shoulder and lower back and finished in seventh place in heat three of Saturday’s (9th August) 100m breaststroke event- he does not progress.
 
 
Mark Foster (50m freestyle)
 
Mark trained at the University of Bath Swimming Club and was a founder member of Team Bath. The oldest member of the swimming squad, Beijing 2008 is the 38 year old’s fifth Olympic Games. Missed qualifying time for Athens 2004 by 0.07s. First selected for GBR in 1985, has won 47 major international medals, despite failing to reach the podium at an Olympic Games. Carried flag for GBR at the Opening Ceremony.
 
Finished 50m freestyle heat with time of 22.35 – failed to progress.
 

Hannah Miley (200m individual medley and 400m individual medley)
 
Born in Swindon, Wiltshire . Made her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008. Came 4th for Scotland in the 400m individual medley at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Terrific start to 2008, winning both individual medley British Championship titles. 
 
Finished 5th in 200m individual medley semi-final with time of 2:12. 35 – failed to progress to final.
Finished 6th with time of 4:39.44 in the 400m individual medley final.
 

Cassandra Patten  (10k open water swim)
 
Lives in Liskeard, Cornwall and was born in Plymouth, Devon. Made her Olympic Games debut, is first GBR athlete to compete in 10k open water swim with Keri-Anne Payne. Won gold in 10k event at 2007 Open Water British Championships and 10k silvers at the 2007 Melbourne World Champions and the 2008 Seville Open Water World Championships.
 
Finished 8th in 800m freestyle final with time of 8:32.35.
Bronze in 10km open water final.
Finished the race with a time of 1:59.31.0. The winning time was 1:59.27.7.
 
 
Liam Tancock (100m backstroke and 200m, individual medley & 4x100m medley relay)
 
Born in Exeter, Devon.  23 year old competed at his Games, won 100m backstroke gold for England at 2006 Manchester Commonwealth Games. Produced swim of his life at 05 World Championships to win 50m backstroke bronze, setting British Record in process. Won 100m backstroke gold at 2008 British Championships and 100m backstroke gold at the 2008 World Short Course Championships.
 
Finished 6th in 100m backstroke final, with a time of 53.39 and set the British record in the process.
Finished 8th in 200m individual medley final with a time of 2.00.76.
Finished 6th  (3:33.69) in 4x100m medley relay final (with Christopher Cook, Michael Rock and Simon Burnett).
 
Aquatics/ synchronised swimming
 
Olivia Alison (synchronised swimming duet)

 
Born in Plymouth, Devon. 18 year old student made her Olympic debut in Beijing, where she is first GBR synchronised swimmer with Jenna Randall to compete at an Olympic Games since 1992. Finished 4th for England in the duet at Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and 9th in duet at 2008 Eindhoven European Championships.
 
A free routine preliminary score of 44.667 and 13th placed finish with Jenna Randall was not enough to advance to the final.
 
Archery

Larry Godfrey (individual and team)
 
He was born in Bristol, where he currently lives and trains with Cleve Archers, Gloucestershire.
 
32 year old archer competing at second Games. Lost out by single point to Australia in the Athens 2004 third place playoff. Won gold at 2004 British Championships and won a team reserve silver at the 2007 World Championships in Leipzig, Germany.
 
Lost individual 1/32 eliminations to Bair Badinov of Russia, therefore failing to progress.
 
Had previously finished 34th in the individual  ranking round with Team GB ranked in 5th with total of 657 points.
 
Lost 214-210 to China (with Simon Terry & Alan Wills) at 1/8 stage of the team competition. 
 
 
Athletics
 
Zoe Derham (hammer)

 
Born in Bristol, lives in Gloucester and used to work as a receptionist at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village.  27 year old athlete attending first Olympic Games. Made GBR debut at 1997 European Junior Championships in Riga, Latvia. Became 3rd ranked British hammer thrower of all time in 05 with distance of 65.48m. Has since bettered with distance of 67.80 in 2007. Competed at Melbourne and Sydney Commonwealth Games. 2008 UK Championships hammer winner.
 
Finished 35th in hammer throw qualifying round - Group A/B, throwing distance: 64.74m -  did not progress to final.
 
Dale Garland (4x400m relay)
 
Lives in Bath, North East Somerset and trains at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village. 27 year old athlete making his Games debut. A former decathlete representing Guernsey at 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. Set personal best of 7413 points at Manchester 2006 Commonwealth Games, winning three disciplines to finish fifth in the decathlon. Won 4x400m gold at 2007 Indoor Championships in Birmingham and gold at Manchester UK Championships in the same year.
 
Was not selected for the final squad. 
 
 
Marilyn Okoro (800m & 4x400m relay)
 
Formerly of University of Bath, where she graduated a year ago with a degree in French and Politics.  23 year old made her Olympic Games debut. Reached 800m semi-finals of 2007 Osaka Japan World Championships and finished 7th for England at the 2006 Melbourne  Commonwealth Games.
 
Finished 6th with time of 1:59.53 in 800m semi-finals and therefore missed out on the finals.
Finished 5th (3:22.68) (with Chrsitine Ohuruogu, Kelly Somerton & Nicola Sanders) in 4x400m relay final. 
 
 
Jo Pavey  (5000m and 10000m)
 
Born in Honiton, Devon and trains with Exeter Harriers. Beijing 2008 is her 3rd consecutive Olympic Games for 34 year old. Finished 5th in 5000m at Athens 2004. Competed at Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, where 5000m silver was first major track medal. Just missed out on bronze in 1000m at 2007 Osaka Japan World Championships. Won 5000m gold at Manchester 2007 UK Championships.
 
Finished 12th in 10000m final with personal best time of  31.12.30.
 

Craig Pickering (100m and 4x100m)
 
Lives in Bath and trains at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village.
The 21 year old had stunning breakthrough season n 2007, reaching the semi-finals of the 100m and winning bronze in 4x100m relay at the Osaka Japan World Championships. Beijing 2008 is Games debut.
 
Finished 5th in 100m round two with a time of 10.18s, meaning he does not progress. He had earlier come third in round 1.
Disqualified in first round of 4x100m relay with Simeon Williamson, Marlon Devonish and Edgar Tyrone.
 
Jemma Simpson (800m)
 
Born in Plymouth, Devon and trains in the Cornwall town of Newquay. Also attended Millfield School in Somerset.
 
The 24 year old  made her Games debut, reaching the semi-finals of 800m event at Osaka Japan 2007 World Championships and Gothenburg Sweden 2006 European Championships. Won 800m gold at the 2000 Commonwealth Youth Games in Edinburgh and winner of 2007 UK Championships.
 
Finished 4th in 800m with a time of 2.02.26 – failed to progress.
 
Kate Reed (10000m)
 
Lives in Clevedon, Someset, was born in Bristol and trains at the Bristol and West Athletics Club.  The 25 year old noted for her strong cross country form, and finished well in 5000m race to take second for GBR at 2008 European Cup in Annecy, France. Making her Olympic debut in Beijing.
 
Finished 23rd 10000m final with time of 32.26.69. 
 
Dan Robinson (marathon)
 
Lives in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire and trains at the Stroud and District Athletics Club.
 
Beijing is his second Olympic Games, having competed in the marathon event at Athens 2004. Won bronze for England at 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
 
Finished 24th in men’s marathon final with time of 2:16.14.

Liz Yelling (marathon)
 
Lives in Poole, Dorset.
 
Competing at second Olympics after Athens 2004, won bronze in the marathon event at Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Finished 9th in this year’s London Marathon.
 
Finished in 26th place in marathon final with a time of 2:33.12.
 
 
Canoe/ Flatwater
 
Lucy Wainwright (K1 5000m)

 
Born in Swindon, Wiltshire. Given late call up to Team GB at Athens 2004 and produced the best performance by a GBR woman canoeist in Olympic history. Set a personal best of 1.53.717 in K1 500m final, competing as Lucy Hardy. Struck gold at 2008 European Championships in Milan, Italy. Has been paddling since 1988.
 
Finished 7th with time of 1:53.102 in K1 5000m final. 
 
 
Cycling/ BMX
 
Liam Phillips (individual)

 
Lives in Burnham on Sea in Somerset , was born in Taunton, also in Somerset and trains with Burnham BMX.
 
 
Made GBR debut in 2005 at St Maxine, France European Championships. Is a two time World and European Championship silver medallist and has won European bronze on three occasions. Most memorable achievement is winning 1999 European Championships.
 
Finished 28th in seeding runs before finishing seventh in the quarter-finals. Times of 37.773, 41.219 and 1:27.1010 over three runs were not enough to progress.  
 
 
Cycling/ Mountain Bike
 
Oli Beckinsdale (cross country)

Born in Bristol and lives in Backwell, Somerset.
 
32 year old competing at third consecutive Games. Won silver for England in the cross country event at Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and competed in Manchester four years earlier. He is a five times British Champion and one of GBR’s most consistent performers in World Cup races.
 
Finished 12th in final with time of 2:01.25 
 
Cycling/ Track
 
Wendy Houvenaghel (individual pursuit)

 
Wendy is representing Team GB in the individual pursuit event. Despite having been born in Northern Ireland, she lives in Bodmin, Cornwall.
 
The 33 year old  making Games debut in Beijing. Made GBR debut in 2005 and finished 6th for England in the time trial at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Most memorable achievement is beating Yvonne McGregor’s national record during the Manchester round of the 2006/07 Word Cup Series and winning the series for a second consecutive year.
 
Silver with a time of 3:30.395 in 3000m individual pursuit final. 
 
 
Equestrian/ Dressage
 
Laura Bechtolsheimer (individual and team)

 
Laura competes for Team GB in the individual and team competitions.
She lives in Ampney St. Peter, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
The 23 year old dressage rider made her Olympic Games debut, became youngest GBR dressage National Champion aged 20 in 2005 and youngest member of team which qualified for Beijing after finishing 5th 2007 European Championships in Turin, aged 22.
 
Laura was the second qualifier in the individual dressage grand prix special. An 18th place finish with a score of 67.160% was not enough to progress. The team finished in 6th place.
 
 
Jane Gregory (individual and team)
 
Jane competes for Team GB in the individual and team competitions.
 
She lives in Cheverell, near Devizes, Wiltshire. Beijing 2008 is second Games for 49 year old rider, having represented Team GB at Atlanta 1996 under previous name of Jane Bredin. Finished 13th on Lucky Star at Rotterdam International of June this year after making comeback in 2008 after disappearing from the scene for several years due to injured horses.
 
Finished 12th on Lucky Star, with the team 2nd overall with score of 67.250%.
 
Finished 31st in the  individual competition  and the team finished in 6th place with score of 66.805%
 
Equestrian/ Eventing (individual and team)
 
William Fox-Pitt

 
Lives in Sturminster Newton, Dorset. The 39 year old rider attending his third Games. Ruled out of Sydney 2000 with groin strain and luck deserted him in Athens four years later when horse Tamarillo had to be withdrawn from the cross country phase with a minor injury, but returned home with team silver medal. Winner of five European team golds and one world team bronze.
 
The eventing dressage team finished in fourth position and achieved an individual 4th place.
 
Fox-Pitt finished 14th in the standings after the cross-country eventing and the team were in 3rd place.

Bronze in the eventing competition. Helped the team to a medal riding Parkmore Ed, contributing to a final score of 185.70 after the jumping discipline. Germany took gold and Australia silver.
 
 
Mary King

Competes in individual and team eventing competitions.
 
Lives near Sidmouth, Devon. Beijing 2008 is her 5th successive Games and was member of GBR silver medal winning team four years ago. Part of team that made history by winning seven successive team golds at the 2007 Pratoni del Vivaro European Championships.
 
Bronze in the eventing team competition with a score of 185.70 after the jumping discipline. Germany took gold and Australia silver.  She finished 11th in the individual rankings with a score of 68.10 Riding Call Again Cavalier.
 
 
Gymnastics/ Artistic
 
Imogen Cairns
 
Imogen is representing Team GB in the team competition.
 
She was born and bred in Bristol and trains at the Academy in Portishead.
The 20 year old made her Olympic debut. Won gold in the vault event for England at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
 
Part of GBR team that finished 9th, therefore failing to qualify. 
 
Gymnastics/ Trampoline
 
Claire Wright (individual trampoline)
 
Trains in Poole, Dorset. Won her seventh consecutive British Championship in 2007 and has more than 50 world and European medals in a career spanning over 20 years. Winner of gold in synchronised event at 2006 World Cup in Belgium.
 
Finished 10th overall with a total score of 63.10 and a second routine score of 34.00 (11th position).
 
Was reserve for final.
 
Hockey
 
John Bleby

 
Born in Torquay, Devon. Oldest member of Team GB hockey squad attending his first Games. Over 80 international caps since making debut in 2001. Finished fourth with England in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
 
Finished 3rd in group B – failed to progress
 
The group saw Team GB beat Pakistan 4-2, lose 1-0 to the Netherlands beat South Africa 2-0 and draw 3-3 with Australia.
 
 3-3 draw with Australia in final group game was not enough to qualify for  the semi-finals, having finished third in the final group standings. The Netherlands came top with 13 points and Australia finished second with 10 points. Team GB would have needed to win 8-0 to overhaul the Aussies.
 
Richard Mantell
 
He was born in Bridgwater, Somerset and studied at the University of Bath.
Celebrated his 27th birthday during Beijing 2008. Older brother of Simon Mantell, making the pair the first brothers to represent GBR in hockey at an Olympics. Finished 5th at 2006 World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany and 5th in the Manchester 2007 World Cup.
 
Finished 3rd in group B – failed to progress
 
The group saw Team GB beat Pakistan 4-2, lose 1-0 to the Netherlands beat South Africa 2-0 and draw 3-3 with Australia.
 
Scored the equalising goal to make it 2-2 in thrilling 3-3 draw with Australia. It was not enough to qualify for  semi-finals, having finished third in the final group standings as a result. Team GB would have needed to win 8-0 to overhaul the Aussies and claim the second spot.
 
The Netherlands came top with 13 points and Australia finished second with 10 points.
 
Simon Mantell
 
Born in Bridgwater, Somerset and lives in Boltonsborough, also in Somerset.
Beijing is first Games for 24 year old, has over 60 international caps to his name. Makes history with brother Richard by becoming first pair of brothers to represent Team GB at an Olympic Games in hockey.  Sealed place on plane to Beijing with second goal v India in the final of the Olympic Qualification Tournament.  Finished 5th at 2006 World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, 5th in the Manchester 2007 World Cup and 4th for England in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
 
Finished 3rd in group B – failed to progress
 
The group saw Team GB beat Pakistan 4-2, lost 1-0 to the Netherlands beat South Africa 2-0 and drew 3-3 with Australia.
 
Simon’s quickly taken 20th minute sideline put through James Tindall, who made no mistake in finding the back of the net against South Africa.
 
3-3 draw with Australia was not enough to qualify for semi-finals, having finished third in the final group standings. Team GB would have needed to win 8-0 to overhaul Australia and make the semis.
 
The Netherlands came top with 13 points and Australia finished second with 10 points.
 
Judo
 
Marcon Bezzina (-63kg, Malta)
 
She trains at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village. Born in Malta in 1985, Marcon competed in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games representing her home nation of Malta. She is in receipt of an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship for Beijing which allows her to be based at the University of Bath, where she has been training for past two years. Marcon is twice champion of the Games of the Small States of Europe, most recently in Monaco in 2007. Carried flag for Malta at Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony
 
Marcon lost the opening contest to Kahina Saidi of Algeria. 
 Juergen Klinger (coach, Malta)
 
Jurgen is coaching the Maltese judo team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.He works as High performance Judo Coach at the University of Bath, linking him to the region. He is a Grade 6 Dan judoka.
 
Born in 1951 in Hanover, he is former Assistant National Coach of Germany and has worked with many world and Olympic medallists, including Stefan Freudenberg, Frank Wieneke, Anja von Rekowki and Katrin Beiroth. He was the regional coach for Lower Saxonie from 1982 - 2004; he was a coach at the Olympic Training Centre in Hannover from 1990 - 2004 and was Assistant coach for the German Judo Federation between 1990 and 2005.
 
Jurgen began his interest in judo in 1963 and came to Team Bath 2006. He has been a coach since 1979.
 

Modern Pentathlon
 
The quartet of Heather Fell, Katy Livingston, Sam Weale and Nick Woodbridge make up the entire GB modern pentathlon team. They all train at the University of Bath, which is currently the only centre in the UK with training facilities for the modern pentathlon disciplines on one site.  The Team GB coaches Jan Bartu, Fridrich Foldes and Istvan Nemeth are also based at the university.
 
 
Jan Bartu (coach)
 
Jan is the National Performance Director of Pentathlon GB. working at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village.
 
His Games role is the men’s head coach. Born in 1955 in Prague, he won individual bronze and team silver medals for Czechoslovakia at Montreal 1976 Games.

 
Heather Fell (individual)
 
Born in Plymouth, Devon, she now lives in Tavistock and trains at the University of Bath based facilities.
 
Won 2003 World Junior Championships in Athens before suffering a series of injuries which hampered her training routine and threatened her modern pentathlon career. Won silver at 2007 European Championships in Riga, Latvia to qualify for the Games and produced outstanding performance to win gold at 2008 Millfield World Cup. Just missed out on the medals at the 2008 World Championships.
 
Silver, finishing 10 seconds behind winner Lena Schoneborn of Germany. Victoria Tereshuk of the Ukraine was hot on her heals, climbing from sixth to third in the first 1000m, but Fell successfully battled her way to a total of 5742 points and clinch the silver medal.
 
Fridrich Foldes (coach)
 
Fridrich is Team GB’s modern pentathlon fencing coach. Former coach for 15 years of the Czechoslovakian fencing team and a three times World Championship medallist.
 
 
Katy Livingston (individual)
 
She lives and trains in Bath, making use of the world-class facilities on offer at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village.
 
24 year old attending debut Games, won bronze medal at 2008 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Won first World Cup title at the beginning of 2008 in Cairo.
 
Climbed two places to finish in seventh with a total of 5548 points.
 
Istvan Nemeth (coach)
 
Istvan is the women’s team coach in Beijing. He was born on 11th of December 1958 in Budapest.


Sam Weale (individual)
 
He was born in Yeovil, Somerset and lives and trains in Bath. Had best year yet in 2008, following previous injury problems. Became first GBR male to reach all finals of World Cup in a season in 2008, making first World Championships final and winning first World Cup medal, a bronze at Millfield, Somerset.

finished in 10th place at  debut Games.
 
Weale and Nick Woodbridge became the first men to represent Team GB in modern pentathlon since Richard Phelps at Atlanta 1996.
 
Weale was sitting just outside the top ten after the swim, but a strong finish in the 3km run with a time of 9:21.18 to wrap up his series with 1156 points and a total of 5412 ensured a top ten finish.
 
Nick Woodbridge (individual)
 
Lives and trains in Bath, North East Somerset. The 22 year old and is competing at his first Games, with his selection to Team GB being announced the day after his 22nd birthday on 1st July. Won the 2004 World Youth Championships in Bulgaria and secured a top 20 World Championship finish in 2006 while still technically a junior.
 
Finished in 25th place in the men’s modern pentathlon event.
 
Managed to climb the field after getting off to a slow start in the fence and shoot, clocking a time of 9:34.46 for the 3km run for 1104 modern pentathlon points and a final total of 5168.
 
He was consolidated by producing a personal best and breaking the modern pentathlon Olympic record in the swim – although Amro El Geziry of Egypt went slightly faster in the same heat.
 

Rowing
 
Alison Knowles (women’s eight)

 
Her hometown is the Dorset town of Bournemouth, where she was also born. Took up rowing at Exeter University. The 26 year old former under 23 world champion making Games debut. Won women’s eight bronze at 2007 World Championships in Germany and a bronze in the Poznan, Poland leg of this year’s World Cup Series
 
Unfortunately had to withdraw from women’s eight (Carla Ashford, Beth Rodford, Louisa Reeve, Alice Freeman, Natasha Page, Sarah Winckless, Jessica Eddie, Katie Greeves & Caroline O’ Connor) final due to illness. The race saw Team GB achieve a fifth placed finish.
 
Tom Lucy (men’s eight)

 
Born in Bristol and learnt to row at Monmouth School. The 20 year old rower made is Olympic Games debut. He is one of the youngest since Sir Matthew Pinsent to be selected for a World Championships since Sir Matthew Pinsent. Gained first GBR vest at 2005 World Junior Championships. Won bronze in the men’s eight at the Munich 2007 World Championships and a gold at the Munich 2008 World Cup.
 
Silver in men’s eight final (Alex Partridge, Tom Stallard, Tom Lucy, Richard Egington, Josh West, Alastair Heathcote, Matt Langridge, Colin Smith & Acer Nethercott) with a time of 5:25.11, having been locked in a closely fought battle between Olympic Champions Canada, who won gold, and World Champions the USA .
 
 
Paul Mattick (men’s lightweight four)
 
He was born in the city of Bath and grew up in the Somerset town of Frome. Lives in Radstock in Somerset. The 30 year old rower competing at debut  Games. Part of the lightweight men’s four that took gold at the 2007 World Championships and became the first British crew to do so since the class became an Olympic event. Part of lightweight men’s four crew that won gold at the Lucerne Switzerland 2007 World Cup Regatta and won silver in the same event at this year’s Munich World Cup Regatta.
 
Finished in 5th place in A final (5:52.12) with (Richard Chambers, James Lindsay Finn & James Clarke).
 
 
Alex Partridge (men’s eight)

 
Attended Monkton Combe School in Bath, North East Somerset. Won seat in the men’s four for Athens 2004 Olympic Games, but had to withdraw after being diagnosed with a collapsed lung. They went on to achieve gold. Transferred to the men’s eight in 2