Stanning delighted with Rowing World Championships call up

17 July 2014 / 13:03

Heather Stanning expressed her delight after being named in Great Britain’s 66-strong team heading to next month’s Rowing World Championships in Holland.

After storming to women’s pair gold at London 2012, Stanning returned to the army, leaving Helen Glover to join forces with Polly Swann, the two going on to win the 2013 world title and the European crown back in May of this year.

However, Stanning and Glover have been back in harness together since a World Cup event in France four weeks ago and already have two World Cup victories under their belts.

And after getting the nod to go for World Championships glory, Stanning is champing at the bit to get going in Holland.

"I am clearly delighted to be selected,” she said. “It was always my main aim to get back into the boat with Helen.

“I wasn't always sure I'd be able to achieve this in the one season especially after my year back with the army and returning to training later than normally would be expected.

"Obviously I have had my ups and down but we've had some really great racing and now with a solid block of training ahead of us before the Championships we can definitely continue to move forward. Working with Helen again is a dream come true.”

Elsewhere, double Olympic champion Andrew Triggs Hodge is named as stroke of a men’s four that has two World Cups, a European Championship and Henley victories to its name.

Triggs Hodge will be joined by 2012 champion Alex Gregory and 2013 world men’s eight champions George Nash and Mohamed Sbihi.

Meanwhile, the men’s quadruple scull crew of Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert will be looking to add to the first-ever medal Great Britain as won in this event at the 2013 World Championships in Korea.

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