12 February 2020


The priority of Leander Club’s High Performance centre is to develop talented athletes and prepare them for each stage of GB trials in order to help them to gain selection to row for Great Britain.

In this all-important Olympic year Leander Club have achieved an incredible 44 open weight invitations for Leander athletes to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic trials. This invitation-only regatta takes place at the Redgrave and Pinsent rowing lake in Caversham, Reading on the 13th-15th March. To put the 44 invites into context, the next highest number from a single rowing club is just 8. 

The 44 invites breaks down as follows:

  • Men’s sweep category: Leander athletes fill 15 of the 25 places available
  • Women’s sweep category: 17 Leander athletes in a total of 25 available places
  • Men’s sculling: eight Leander scullers out of 15 places available.
  • Women’s sculling: 4 Leander scullers of the 10 places available.

In addition to our open weight athletes, Leander has Sam Mottram invited to trial in the lightweight men’s sculls, and Henry Fieldman and Erin Wysocki-Jones will be attending the trials as coxes.

Leander Club would like to thank the universities, from which so many of these athletes have graduated, for all their hard work prior to their athletes joining our High-Performance Programme. The Leander athletes and coaches fully appreciate the fundamental grounding provided by the universities and value the partnerships they have with Leander Club.

Mark Banks, Director of Rowing and Chief coach says ” I’m delighted with this unprecedented number of Leander Athletes being invited to Olympic Trials. Good luck to all of them”.

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