Congratulations to Oxford University rowers past and present named in the GB Rowing Team for the World Championships in Amsterdam from 24 – 31 August!
Below is some insight from British Rowing on our guys and girls!
Pete Reed MBE follow on Twitter @PeteReed
Constantine Louloudis @clouloudis
The men’s eight has been shaped and sorted through the racing season to reach its current line-up. One of the key features in this crew in 2014 has been the continuity and pedigree offered by double Olympic men’s four Champion Pete Reed, particularly after his health problems during the winter’s training, and the consistent presence of Will Satch, latterly at stroke, who was a World Champion with Reed in the eight in Korea.
2012 bronze medallist Constantine Louloudis won a seat after finishing his University studies for this year. Matt Gotrel and Paul Bennett moved into the boat after winning a men’s pair bronze at the World Cup in France in late June and Tom Ransley, World Champion in 2013, is back from injury.
The “new’ crew were tested in six-lane international racing for the first time at the World Cup in Lucerne at the weekend. They won a bronze there after which cox Phelan Hill said: “We can go away with confidence now to the training camps. That gives us a good platform on which to build”.
Constantine is studying Classics at Oxford University where he was the youngest member of the victorious Oxford crew in the 2011 Boat Race, aged 19. He has been part of the Oxford crew in the subsequent 2013 and 2014 races, winning three times.
Pete, a former Oxford Blue, is the reigning Olympic Champion in the men’s four, winning gold in Beijing and London. He is a Mechanical Engineer and finished his Masters at Oxford University in 2005.
Andrew Triggs-Hodge MBE @andrewthodge
Double Olympic Champion Andrew Triggs Hodge is named as stroke of the men’s four crew which includes 2012 Champion Alex Gregory with 2013 World men’s eight champions George Nash and Mohamed Sbihi.
Andrew, a former Oxford Blue, is a double Olympic Champion in the men’s four, winning gold in London and Beijing. In 2013 he was awarded Olympic Athlete of the Year for the sport of Rowing and led the World Rowing Top 10 list for male rowers.
Briana Stubbs @BriannaStubbs
Ellie Piggott @ElliePiggott
There is a very promising group of lightweight women’s scullers who are vying for a slot in one of only two places for this section of the sport at the Olympic Games. In Amsterdam Ruth Walczak, 2013 World single scull bronze medallist, World U23 gold medallists Brianna Stubbs and Ellie Piggott along with exciting senior debutante Charlotte Taylor will race in a lightweight quad.
Ellie has won the women’s Boat Race twice with Oxford University Women’s BC.
Brianna is currently studying for a DPhil in Biochemical Physiology at Oxford University whilst training with the GB Rowing Team.
Zoe de Toledo (cox) @zoedetoledo
In the GB Rowing Team women’s eight for Amsterdam, stroked in the last two events by Caragh McMurtry and coxed by Zoe de Toledo, has won medals at World Cup and European level already this season. Jess Eddie, Louisa Reeve and Katie Greves are all seasoned competitors selected into this boat class.
In Lucerne the eight were just pipped to silver by Romania in a race won by Canada. The intensity of their own disappointment at missing out on silver will be a significant motivation as they head to the training camps.
In 2011, Zoe coxed the Oxford reserve crew, “Isis” to a win during the Boat Race. Having completed an MSc in Physchological Research, Zoe read for an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Oxford University.
Zoe Lee @Zoe_S_Lee
Learnt to row at Oxford University. After gaining a Blue for netball during her undergraduate degree, she switched to rowing during her masters and went on to stroke the winning women’s Blue Boat, winning the Women’s Eights Head of the River along the way.
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