Team GB want your support
PUBLISHED: 07:39 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:04 24 April 2013
For the first time in eight years the Samsung World Rowing Cup will be held in the UK – at Eton Dorney.
With many of the stars of the water from last year’s Olympic Games returning to the scene of their victory, it promises to be one of the most thrilling sporting events of the summer.
Taking place at Eton Dorney, near Windsor, Berkshire, on the 21st-23rd June, this year’s event will host over 800 athletes from around 50 nations, with the GB Rowing Team’s Olympic champions Aylesbury’s Andrew Triggs-Hodge, Helen Glover, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory as well as Paralympic champions Pam Relph and Naomi Riches all looking set to take part.
With 30 new rowers vying for places in the GB Team there could also be some exciting new faces to watch.
The top class sporting action will be spread over the course of three days, with the heats and repechages taking place on Friday 21st June, semi-finals and some finals on Saturday 22nd June, culminating with the main finals programme on Sunday 23rd June.
2012 gold medallist Alex Gregory is urging the public to come along and support the team who will be battling their top rivals like Australia, New Zealand, Germany and America in this gruelling and compelling sport: “It’s an amazing, beautiful venue – you can take the whole family and have a great day out. Every single person I’ve spoken to since the Olympics who went to watch the rowing at Dorney said that the venue was awesome and that they had an amazing day and really enjoyed it.
“It makes such a difference to us – I can’t stress how much help it gives us on the water when you hear the home crowd cheering. It really makes a difference – every voice gives us a boost so buy a ticket, get down there, enjoy the World Cup and support GB.”
As well as top class sport, the three day summer celebration offers fun for everyone, with food and market stalls, picnic areas, dedicated children’s play areas and the British Rowing Experience Tent, where spectators will have the opportunity try their hand at rowing as well as test their fitness. The River & Rowing Museum will also be displaying the finest exhibits from its collection.
There is one enclosure for all and no specific dress code. Tickets start from £5 for children and £15 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.wrcupetondorney2013.com.