Chambers excited after Rio scouting mission

14 October 2014 / 10:26

Spurred on by a recent training camp in Rio, Olympic silver medallist Richard Chambers believes rowing will get plenty of attention at the 2016 Games in two years time.

Chambers was one of 36 rowers who headed out to a ten-day Olympic training and orientation camp in Flamengo Clube at the start of this month.

All of the athletes finished in the top eight at August’s World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam with Chambers winning bronze in the lightweight men’s four alongside Chris Bartley, Mark Aldred and brother Peter.

Bartley and the Chambers brothers were part of the four-man crew who claimed silver at Eton Dorney during London 2012 – Rob Williams making up the quartet.

And older brother Richard admits a visit to the Rio 2016 Olympic venue at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas located in the heart of the city in the Copacabana cluster of venues had whetted his appetite for what is to come.

“The recent Rio orientation trip was an important and enjoyable one for both Peter and myself,” he told the News Letter.

“Rio is an amazing and beautiful city with lots to see. The rowing lake is in the heart of the city and is overlooked by Christ the Redeemer.

“With this in mind we think that rowing will be the image of the Rio 2016 Games. The scenery is out of this world.

“Rio was a solid training camp for both Peter and myself and it has served to inspire us to up our game and perform better over the next two years.”

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