NI rowers prepare for Olympics

Published Tuesday, 20 December 2011
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Northern Ireland's top rowers are doing everything they can to make the Olympic games in London next summer, after performing well at the GB Rowing Team Winter Assessment.

Coleraine's Alan Campbell and brothers Richard and Peter Chambers took part in the assessment amid wintry conditions in Boston, Lincolnshire on Saturday.

The event pitted Britain's top rowers against the elements and the clock on a 5km course.

"It's tough but it's also a good thing to do and it feels like the start of the Olympic campaign," said Alan Campbell, winner of the men's single from Tom Solesbury in a time of 18.15.97.

"The time trial's not my favourite form of racing, it's a bit processional but it had to be done."

Richard Chambers held off his younger brother Peter to win the lightweight men's single scull contest at the GBR Team in 18.20.64 - with the younger sibling just under three tenths of a second behind. Rob Williams came home third with Olympic lightweight men's double sculler Mark Hunter in fourth.

The squad will continue to be assessed over the coming winter months ahead of the next major milestone - the GB Rowing Team Senior Trials on the Olympic course at Eton-Dorney in March.

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