Martin Cross |

GB rowers ready to race at Varese

As the GB Rowing Team head to the Europeans this week, Martin Cross assesses Britain’s medal chances

After 20 months, without a stroke rowed in anger against international opposition, a full British rowing team will finally take to the water at the 2021 European Rowing Championships, on Lago di Varese.

The standout entry from the British perspective is undoubtedly Helen Glover’s reappearance in the women’s pairs. At 34, the returning double Olympic pairs champion may be the oldest competitor in the event, but the fact that Glover is reunited with Rio silver medallist Polly Swann, with whom she took the world pairs title back in 2013, adds a frisson of excitement to the whole event.

“I’m finding the journey exciting and extremely challenging, but I hope I can return from Varese with some success stories to share with the children,” said Glover, who has three young children. 

The British duo will face the top three crews – Romania, Spain and Greece – from last year’s European championships, held in Poznan back in October 2020. Despite the fact that they have only been together for a few weeks, the British will be targeting a podium place, mindful that when the World Championships were last run in in 2019 the first four crews all came from outside Europe.


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