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‘I hope that everybody who buys a lottery ticket is really proud that some of the money they spend supports sport and the arts’

As rowing benefits from the global Olympic spotlight, GB Rowing Team coach Steve Trapmore talks to Martin Cross about the impact of the National Lottery funding on rowing and how it helped his own career

“I’ve been buying lottery tickets ever since they started supporting rowing. Maybe I can win some money. But more than that it’s what buying the ticket represents in many, many walks of life at all different levels,” says Trapmore.

The National Lottery could have no finer ambassador than GB Rowing Team coach Steve Trapmore, who leads the men’s sweep squad. And the Sydney Olympic champion took time out from his busy schedule to explain just how important the lottery has been to his own rowing career since he started out at Walton Rowing Club back in the early nineties.

The 45-year-old went on to say: “I hope that everybody who buys a lottery ticket is really proud that some of the money they spend goes to supporting sport and the arts.” 

Perhaps, more than anyone, Trapmore is in an enviable position to assess the benefits that close on £150 million of lottery money has given to his sport since the start of the Sydney Olympiad. He came into international rowing just as the lottery grants were coming on stream back in 1996.

As stroke of the eight that won the 2000 Olympic gold, Trapmore knew exactly how his crew had benefitted from the injection of cash. Later in his career as a coach with Imperial College Boat Club, his club was directly supported by the Lottery as a national performance centre. And now in his role as a men’s sweep coach at Caversham, Trapmore is at the centre of perhaps the world’s most enviable training environment for international rowing.

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