Hannah Cannell, Michael O’Connor, Tom Rawlinson and William Warr all started rowing last October as part of DUBC’s Freshers’ programme. Little did they expect when they signed up at the fresher’s fair that within less than a year they would be training at GB’s main training facility in Caversham.
The selection progress for this week long camp started in at the BUCS’s regatta in May, where potential Fresher’s did various strength tests, as well as having their height measured. They were then invited for a further day of rigorous physical testing in Caversham, before the final 26 athletes were selected for the summer camp.
The camp as part of an initiative of GB rowing to give students a taste of what it would be like to row for your country and hopefully inspire them to pursue their sport at greater depths and attend U23 trials in October.
The finale of the week was a regatta against athletes from GB rowing’s ‘Start Programme’ in Nottingham. Hannah Cannell really shone at this event winning her preliminary 1km race. She impressed the coaches so much that she has been invited to a further pre-season U23 camp in early September, a fantastic achievement. We all wish her the best of luck!