Local rower takes first step to gold at London 2012
There has been local success in the recent GB rowing final trials for selection for the international racing season.
Chiswick resident Pete Reed won the rowing trial for the 5th year running racing with a new pairs partner, Alex Gregory.
Alex was a spare at the Olympics as a sculler and a few weeks ago decided to switch to rowing. Pete's usual pairs partner Andrew Triggs Hodge competed in final trails as a sculler for the first time to try to improve in that discipline. He came 4th overall.
Reed and Gregory will now have claim to whatever the coach Jurgen Grobler elects as the lead boat. In the past few years this has been the coxless four, which saw Pete Reed, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Steve Williams and Tom James win gold in Beijing this summer.
However, there is now talk of Reed and Hodge forming a pair as the lead boat for the coming racing season, much as Pinsent and Cracknell did after their win at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
April 14, 2009