Rowing’s World Class Talent Identification 2007

28 August 2007

Once again, coaches from Great Britain Rowing’s World Class Start and Potential Programme, sponsored by Siemens, are on the hunt for tall first years who might just have what it takes to become the next Steve Redgrave.

The programme normally identifies between 25 and 40 athletes each year whogo though to the second round of the Talent Identification process. loRR18_SportingGiants_PhilSearle04.jpg

So far, Talent Development Coach, Nicole Scott has identified 31 freshers who will be put through their paces next week. This year, the testing takes place on Tuesday 2nd October 2007.

The tests themselves are simple to conduct andmeasure the athletes size, shape, power, endurance and mental toughness.

The programme is looking for women who are approximately 6ft or taller and men who are 6ft 3inches or taller. No previous experience in rowing is necessary.loRR18_SportingGiants_PhilSearle10.jpg

In the past four years, since the Programme started at Bath, four athletes have represented Great Britain at World Championships in 2006 and 2007.

Most notably, was the success of University of Bath student Heather Stanning, who won Gold at this years Under 23 World Rowing Championships. Heather learnedto row at Bath and now, three years later is World Champion.

The World Class Start Programme is funded by Lottery money and is sponsored by Siemens. It has a remit to identify future Olympic gold medallists.

For more information on the programme or to arrange to be tested please contact

Photos: Phil Searle

Posted: Friday 28th September 2007

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