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Rowing: GB Team invites you on board

January 19, 2012

World Champion Katherine Grainger and Olympic gold medallists Mark Hunter and Greg Searle are giving the public a rare insight into the rigours of selection for the GB Rowing Team this year, by inviting them to take their own trial on a rowing machine.

For the month of February the team is running The Nation on Trial initiative, sponsored by its high-performance partner Siemens. The team is challenging  everyone to get fit in the build up to the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials, get on a rowing machine and take their own 2km trial to mark a big year for British sport while also raising money for the event’s charity partner, The Stroke Association.

2km is the distance GB’s top stars will race on the water at the Olympic Games this summer, but for anyone aspiring to join the GB team the year-long selection process begins with a 2km test on a rowing machine and this is the public’s chance to have a go and win behind-the-scenes-prizes simply by taking part.

Anyone of any ability aged 16 and over can register and access expert training advice on how to use a rowing machine as well as enjoy messages of encouragement from World Champions such as Grainger, Richard Chambers and 1992 Olympic gold medallist Searle.

The challenge is simple in theory; participants train and build up to rowing 2km as fast as they can on a rowing machine at a local gym or rowing club, getting fit in the process and reducing their risk of having a stroke by taking regular exercise.

Participants can record their time as many times as they like on the event website which will show how they compare with friends and workmates as well as the entry standard for the GB selection process.

Grainger, 36, a three-times Olympic silver medallist and six-times World Champion aiming for her fourth Olympic Games said, “It’s our Olympic distance, it’s what we do all the time, it’s what we do for trials. We’ll be doing that in early March ourselves and then at the Olympic Games in July and August, so it’s a tough test.

“But I’ll also warn you it is very addictive, so once you get going, if you’re competitive, you will just want to keep improving. So good luck, train hard, race hard and enjoy it”.

More info:  www.nationontrial.org

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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