Category Archives: olympics

“I’ve been in a boat 11 days and I’m gonna win” – Olympic medal hope Graeme Thomas on how he started rowing

Graeme Thomas is remarkably calm and confident as he prepares to make his Olympic debut in Rio, aiming for Great Britain’s first ever Olympic medal in the men’s quad scull. I spoke to the 27-year-old from Preston when the team … Continue reading

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What was your #rowingmoment2012 ?

After an outstanding year of rowing, it’s tough to pick just one moment out as better than the rest. Katherine Grainger’s victory with Anna Watkins would probably edge it for me as the pick of the Olympic regatta, just ahead … Continue reading

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My highlights from the summer of sport

As the nights draw in and the weather worsens, the glowing summer of sport already seems a long time ago. The video montages will display the headlines and big names but – like no British summer before it – the … Continue reading

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Should Locog get more people jogging?

Have London 2012 organisers failed to deliver on their promise to “change the face of British sport” when the Olympic Games were awarded to the city seven years ago? “Legacy” and “participation” were the watchwords in the 2005 presentation that … Continue reading

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More from Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter is the latest interviewee for the rowers’ roots series I’ve been writing for Rowing & Regatta magazine. As always, there were plenty more words available after the interview – at Poplar Blackwell & District RC back in March … Continue reading

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Braced for Boat Race week

Last week in a charity auction, a single seat on a launch following this year’s Boat Race was sold at auction for £500. By that mark, I’ve had few thousand pounds-worth over the last few years but this time I … Continue reading

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Katherine Grainger in her own words

The latest Rowing & Regatta magazine, which came out on Monday, features a 1,600-word feature on Katherine Grainger’s roots; her route from reluctant recreational rower to four-time Olympian. The original commission was for 800 words but I had to ask … Continue reading

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World Cup heroine Rowsell: It would be great to have a women’s Team Sky

After watching Joanna Rowsell win two World Cup golds over the weekend at a frenzied Olympic velodrome, I had the chance to chat to her on Monday for an article on the West London sport website. She talked quite a bit … Continue reading

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GB Rowing media melee

Last Friday brought the first media day of the year for the Great Britain rowing team, exactly six months out from the start of London 2012. The buzz was reflected by the 106 journalists in attendance. As one regular attendee … Continue reading

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How will Olympic sport fare in 2013?

With the start of London 2012 still half a year away, many Olympic sports already enjoy the highest profile they ever have in the UK, and that will only get bigger as the year progresses. When the Games were awarded … Continue reading

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