Could you be an Olympic rower?


Start graduates Matt Gotrel, Moe Sbihi and Alex Gregory helped the men's eight retain the world title in 2015.

Talent ID tests are taking place across the country during October and November as the GB Rowing Team Start programme looks to discover the next generation of Olympic rowers.

London 2012 champions Kat Copeland, Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, Alex Gregory and Anna Watkins are all graduates of the ground-breaking talent development initiative, which is supported by the National Lottery Sports Fund.

It has been another successful year for Start rowers, with 12 members of the senior squad at the World Championships in Aiguebelette – including nine medallists – and seven rowers at the World U23 Championships having come through the programme.

Recruitment is now under way for the new season, with applicants facing endurance and strength tests to see if they’ve got what it takes to join the programme.

No previous experience of rowing is necessary but potential athletes need to be aged between 14 and 22. Men must be at least 1.88m (6’2”) tall and women 1.78m (5’10”).

Successful new recruits will be placed into their local project where they will be developed by a full-time coach. Each project is hosted at a club or university and Start rowers are fully involved with the hosts’ activities throughout the season.

For more information about the programme and testing, visit Rowing for GB – Start.

Alternatively, to register your interest for testing,  complete the form.

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