Training camp with the GB senior squad

At the end of February due to injuries within the GB national squad I was given the phenomenol opportunity of going on their “big boats” camp in Aviz, Portugal for two weeks. The purpose of the training camp is long mileage with the group training in fours and eights. The venue is absolutely perfect for such sessions. Where we boated from had three directions which could be taken. One a 16km loop to a damn, the other a 20k loop to a road bridge and the last a 23ish k loop to a bridge which is referred to as “Hammersmith bridge” despite being very far from London. The camp was an amazing experience training in boats on a daily basis alongside Olympic and World champions. As the camp drew to a close I was asked to continue training with the group in preparation for the GB final trials regatta in April. The trial is in coxless pairs and I will be racing with Tom Ransley, a very accomplished rower himself winning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic games in the men’s eight and currently double world champion in the same boat.

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