Have you got what it takes to be an international rower?

19th October 2013

A talent identification session at the University of Bath could help identify future generations of British Olympic rowers.
The session is part of the GB Rowing Team’s ground-breaking Start talent identification programme and takes place at the Sports Training Village from 6pm on Tuesday 22 October.
If they’ve got what it takes, successful triallists could follow in the footsteps of  Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, who both learned to row on the Start Programme at the University of Bath and went on to win Olympic gold in the women’s pair at the London 2012 Olympics.
Applicants who would like to be considered for the session need to be University students or aged 16-18-years-old.  Men must be 1.88m tall and women 1.78m, with an arm span at least as big, but no previous rowing experience is necessary.
They will be expected to tackle a series of strength and endurance tests to see if they’ve got what it takes to make it to the top.
“The aim is to find people who can go on to be successful Olympians, so we’re looking for highly motivated and driven people,” said Dan Harris, Talent Development Coach – Bath for the GB Rowing Team’s Start Programme. 
You can find out more information about the Start Programme and the type of tests carried out at the talent identification sessions on the British Rowing website at http://www.britishrowing.org/gb-rowing-team/rowing-gb/start-programme.
Athletes selected for the Start programme in Bath will row alongside Minerva Bath Rowing Club rowers and University of Bath athletes, based out of the Minerva Bath Rowing Club in Newbridge.
They will do their land-based training at the University of Bath and will have access to support services like physiotherapy and massage.
They will be following in the footsteps of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who rowers on the Start programme who went on to make history at London 2012 by becoming Britain’s first women Olympic gold medallists. Vicky Thornley who rowed in the women’s eight at London 2012, as well as Marcus Bateman and Adam Freeman-Pask, both GB reserves for London 2012.