Graduates named as GB Olympic rowing reserves
University of Bath graduates Marcus Bateman and Adam Freeman-Pask have been named as GB rowing team reserves for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Bateman, who graduated with a degree in Sports Technology in 2005, is openweight spare for the Games. He won bronze with the men’s eight at this year’s Munich World Cup and silver at the World Cup in Lucerne.
Freeman-Pask, who graduated with a Natural Sciences degree in 2006, is reserve for the lightweight crews. Freeman-Pask won gold in the lightweight men’s pair at both the Munich and Belgrade World Cups this year.
Bateman or Freeman-Pask can be slotted into an openweight or lightweight crew respectively if another rower is injured or ill.
They join another University of Bath graduate in the GB rowing team for London 2012. Heather Stanning, also a Sports Technology graduate, was named in the main batch of GB rowers selected last month. She teams up with Helen Glover, who also used to train in Bath, in the women’s pair for London 2012.
Victoria Thornley, another of the University’s sporting alumni, has been named in a 10-strong squad for the women’s eight.
All five rowers came through GB Rowing’s Team Start programme, which is sponsored by Siemens and backed by the Lottery and has been running at the University of Bath since 2003.