Helen Glover aiming for a third Olympic title in Paris

Included in the squad is a Westcountry legend of the sport, Helen Glover, a two-time Olympic champion who was born in Truro and won a sport scholarship at Millfield School.

Of the 23 women and 19 men, 50% are making their Olympic debut and 50% are returning Olympians. These include double Olympic Champion Helen Glover, Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Tom Barras and Team GB’s only brother and sister, Tom & Emily Ford.
“Team GB has an impressive Olympic tradition in rowing, and I am delighted to welcome the 42 rowers that have been selected today for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” commented Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England.

“The Olympic experience in this squad is huge, and I have no doubt it will be an asset to the 21 rowers who will make their Olympic debut in Paris this summer. Team GB is also set to include more women than men in the team for a second successive Games and it is fantastic to see two mothers, Helen Glover and Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne, named as part of the team today.

“Our rowers have posted some outstanding results this season and I am sure the crews will relish the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of their friends, family, and Team GB fans as they race the Olympic course at the National Olympic Nautical Stadium of Île-de-France in Paris this July.”

Commenting on the team selection, British Rowing Director of Performance Louise Kingsley, who will be Rowing Team Leader in Paris, said: “This Olympic cycle has come with a few challenges along the way, but the athletes, support staff and coaches have really pulled together to create a fantastic atmosphere, culture and training environment that has lead to impressive results on the water. We qualified nine boats at the 2023 World Rowing Championships and added a tenth most recently at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. Now, we have selected a very strong team of athletes with a good mix of returning and first-time Olympians who I know are relishing the opportunity to go out there and write a unique chapter in the legacy of the GB Rowing Team.”

Double Olympic Champion Glover said: “Selection for my fourth Games feels different because the first time I still had this disbelief that I was becoming an Olympian! A huge reason for aiming for Paris was thinking how great it will be to have my family there to watch and support me and being able to share all of this with them is so special.  

“Our four has a very good mix of Rebecca’s experience and the new energy of Esme and Sam and I do really feel more emotional for them than myself, seeing them enjoy this for the first time and getting their first Olympic vest. I love celebrating other people, so seeing them have this experience today and witnessing them enjoying this for the first time is amazing. I’m so fortunate that I’ve rowed with the most phenomenal people throughout my career… It’s exactly the same here in our four and I’m really enjoying working with them.”

Team GB Rowing team:

Women’s eight (W8+)  
Heidi Long (Leander Club / Marlow RC)
Rowan McKellar (Leander Club / Broxbourne RC)
Holly Dunford (Molesey BC)
Emily Ford (Leander Club)
Lauren Irwin (Leander Club / Durham University / Chester-le-Street ARC)
Eve Stewart (Leander Club)
Hattie Taylor (Leander Club / Sir William Perkins’s School)
Annie Campbell-Orde (Nottingham RC / Leander Club)
Henry Fieldman (cox) (Leander Club)
Coach: Richard Chambers 

Men’s eight (M8+) 
Sholto Carnegie (Leander Club / Marlow RC)
Rory Gibbs (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Morgan Bolding (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Jacob Dawson (Leander Club / Plymouth ARC)
Charlie Elwes (Leander Club) 
Tom Digby (Oxford Brookes University BC / Griffen BC)
James Rudkin (Newcastle University BC / Hollowell Scullers)
Tom Ford (Leander Club)
Harry Brightmore (cox) (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Coach: Steve Trapmore

Women’s four (W4-) 
Helen Glover (Marlow RC)
Esme Booth (Leander Club / Stratford upon Avon BC)
Sam Redgrave (Leander Club / Norwich RC)
Rebecca Shorten (Imperial College BC)
Coach: James Harris

Men’s four (M4-) 
Oli Wilkes (Oxford Brookes University BC)
David Ambler (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Matt Aldridge (Oxford Brookes University BC / Christchurch RC)
Freddie Davidson (Oxford Brookes University BC)
Coach: Christian Felkel / Dan Moore

Women’s quadruple sculls (W4x) 
Lauren Henry (Leicester RC)
Hannah Scott (Bann RC / Leander Club)
Lola Anderson (Leander Club / Newcastle University BC)
Georgie Brayshaw (Leander Club)
Coach: Andrew Randell

Men’s quadruple sculls (M4x) 
Tom Barras (Burway RC / Leander Club)
Callum Dixon (Twickenham RC)
Matt Haywood (Nottingham RC / Burton Leander RC)
Graeme Thomas (Agecroft RC)
Coach: Paul Stannard

Lightweight women’s double sculls (LW2x) 
Emily Craig (University of London BC)
Imogen Grant (Cambridge University BC)
Coach: Darren Whiter

Women’s double sculls (W2x) 
Becky Wilde (Leander Club / Bath University BC)
Mathilda Hodgkins Byrne (Upper Thames RC)
Coach: Tom Pattichis

Men’s pair (M2-) 
Ollie Wynne-Griffith (Leander Club / Cambridge University BC)
Tom George (Leander Club / Cambridge University BC)
Coach: Christian Felkel / Dan Moore

Women’s pair (W2-) 
Chloe Brew (Leander Club / Plymouth ARC)
Rebecca Edwards (Leander Club)
Coach: Tom Pattichis
Olivia Bates (Nottinghamshire County RA / University of Nottingham BC)
Lucy Glover (Edinburgh University BC / Warrington RC)
James Robson (Leander Club / Newcastle University BC)
Will Stewart (Leander Club) 

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