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Hartpury College in Gloucestershire are scowering the West on the search for the Olympic stars of the future
The newly launched Rowing ‘Start’ Academy is on the hunt for individuals who have the talent and ambition to represent their country in Britain’s most successful Olympic sport.
In association with the GB Rowing Team and Gloucester Rowing Club, the ‘Stand Tall’ campaign has been launched and is open to those aged between 15 and 18 years old, who are exceptionally tall (men over 190cm and women over 180cm) and have the interest and commitment to compete at Olympic Games in the future. No Rowing experience is necessary. The majority of recruits to the academy are complete beginners, with the physical potential to be developed into high level rowers.
Today, 55,000 people in the UK participate in rowing at least once a week and Hartpury hopes to raise the profile of the sport with young people in the area.
The success of the Rowing Academy, which was launched in October this year, is already starting to show. Hartpury A-Level students Bea Churchill, Hannah Mansfield, Charlotte Ollis-Olds and Sarah Bonar have recorded the Rowing Academy’s first ever competitive success with a Silver medal in the Women’s Junior 18 team relay, at the British Indoor Rowing Championships held at the NIA in Birmingham recently.
You can find out more about getting involved by using the link on the right.