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Meet the team: Sam Mottram

Sam Mottram is racing with Jamie Copus in the lightweight men’s double sculls at the European Rowing Championships this weekend. Rebecca Charlton finds out about his rowing journey

Twenty-six-year-old GB lightweight rower Sam Mottram is one of only two rowers in the men’s lightweight squad. He talks about the upcoming European Championships and Olympic qualification with the lightweight men’s double, life as a lightweight rower, and how he first became hooked on the sport.

Rebecca Charlton: So, what initially sparked the flame for rowing?

Sam Mottram: I’m one of seven kids, from quite a big family and we used to always be super-active, and we’d do everything – running, rugby, athletics, swimming, absolutely all sports.

My sister got to that age when she got a bit too cool and didn’t want to do sports anymore, so my parents said: “Oh right, well you can get rid of all the sports, but you still have to do one”. She thought she’d be smart about it and picked a more obscure sport, which was rowing. 

RC: So, it went well?

SM: She started at the rowing club and it turns out she was quite good at it! She went on to have quite a lot of success and represented GB in the Youth Olympics quite a long time ago. Then slowly, one by one, everyone in my family moved over.

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