Elite rowers are set for Witham

Katherine Grainger.
Katherine Grainger.

Great Britain’s elite rowers will be descending on Boston at the end of the month for the first of the GB rowing team’s assessments in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

Among the big names due to attend the assessment weekend of Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 will be 2012 coxless fours Olympic gold medallist Alex Gregory, who has also won five world championship golds in coxless fours and eights.

He was a member of the victorious GB eights team which retained their world crown in thrilling style at Lake Aiguebelette in France in September.

As well as Alex Gregory, other British rowing stars expected to be at Boston include Katherine Grainger, Helen Glover, Heather Stanning, Mohamed Sbihi and Pete Reed.

The sport of rowing is on a high after GB topped the medal table in the world championships, with five golds, nine silvers and a bronze.

As a result of these performances, the GB rowing team qualified 12 boats for the Rio Olympic Games in the following events: women’s pair, women’s double scull, women’s eight, men’s pair, men’s four, men’s eight, men’s single scull, men’s double scull, men’s quadruple scull, lightweight women’s double scull, lightweight men’s four, lightweight men’s double scull.

Attendance at the Boston assessment weekend is compulsory for all our Olympic rowing hopefuls, so you will be able to see some of the leading rowers in the world in action on the river.

On the Saturday, the rowers will undergo 2k ergo tests at Princess Royal Sports Arena, before taking to the water on Sunday for tests in two racing divisions. The first of these will be the open weight pairs and singles, with the races starting at 10.30am. That will be followed by the lightweight singles, with action starting at 1.30pm.