Heather heading for World U23 Champs

18 July 2007

University of Bath student Heather Stanning has been selected to row for Great Britain at next week’s World Under-23 Championships.

Heather, a 22-year-old Sports Technology student at the University of Bath, joins forces with her regular partner, Liv Whitlam, in GB’s women’s pair at the championships.

The young crew won the women’s pairs C final at the World Cup event in Amsterdam last month.

Both Heather and Liv are products of the Amateur Rowing Association’s World Class Start Scheme – a unique talent identification and development scheme.

The programme is funded by UK Sport with Lottery money and since 2006 is sponsored by Siemens. The programme at Bath has identified three athletes for Great Britain teams in the past three years and is run by Paul Stannard, Performance Development Coach, GB Rowing. The athletes in Bath train at the University and at Minerva Bath Rowing Club.

Heather is joined in the GB squad by Adam Freeman-Pask, who graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Natural Science in 2006. He is a member of Great Britain’s quadruple scull crew at the championships.

The 2007 World Under 23 Championships take place at Strathclyde, Scotland, from Thursday 26th July to Sunday 29th July. Heats take place on Thursday with repechages on Friday, semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

The World U23 Championships themselves are also used as an international stage on which to develop promising rowers – doubly advantageous this year because it is a home event offering the opportunity to compete in front of a partisan crowd.

The University of Bath has one of the leading university sports departments in the UK. Under its Team Bath brand, its success is based on the expertise and dedication of staff, and its excellent facilities, used by the community and Olympic medal winners alike.

Members of the media who require further information can contact the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd on (01225) 383518 or see the Team Bath website.

Posted: Wednesday 18th July 2007

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