Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Ex-Minerva Women selected to GB World Championship Rowing Team 2010

Heather Stanning, Helen Glover and Vicky Thornley have all been announced in the team for the World Rowing Championships that take place in New Zealand between 31st October and 7th November 2010.

Heather and Helen will contest the women's pairs event after racing in the world cup series this year. Heather first raced internationally in 2007 whilst at Bath University when she won gold in the U23 Women's Pair at the U23 World Rowing Championships after only 18 months in the sport. After a sabatical in 2008 where she completed her Army Officer training at Sandhurst she competed at the European Championships in the Women's Eight in 2009.

In similar fashion, Helen learned to row in February 2008 at Minerva and made the senior team in February 2010 - after only 2 years in the sport! This will be her first World Rowing Championships.

Vicky Thornley is selected in the Women's Eight who have had a medal winning world cup season to follow Vicky's medal winning introduction to international competition at the U23 World Rowing Championships last summer (2009) where she won gold in the women's eight.

All three women learned to row on the GB Rowing Team's 'Start' Programme. The programme is a unique talent identification and development scheme which is funded by UK Sport with Lottery money and since 2006 has been sponsored by Siemens. The programme at Bath has identified seven athletes for Great Britain teams in the past seven years including two U23 World Champions. The athletes currently on the programme in Bath train at the University of Bath and at Minerva Bath Rowing Club. For more information on this article or the 'Start' Programme please contact Paul Stannard, Men's Performance Coach, GB Rowing: paul.stannard@gbrowingteam.org.uk

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