PLYMOUTH’S Jacob Dawson and Chloe Brew have been named in Great Britain’s 45-strong rowing squad for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Dawson is part of the men’s eight crew who recently won the European title, while former Coombe Dean pupil Brew is in the women’s eight.
Both athletes, who will be making their Olympic debuts, had successful spells studying and rowing at college in America before returning to the UK. Dawson, who started rowing in Plymouth at the age of 14, went to the University of Washington, while Brew went to the University of Southern California.
Also named in the Team GB squad is Cornwall’s Helen Glover after coming out of retirement. She said: “This is the thing I was aiming for when I first came back. I genuinely thought it was an impossible mission this time last year but I always had this day in my sights and I feel really proud that it’s here and that I’ve made the Olympic team.”
British Rowing director of performance Brendan Purcell said: “When we qualified our 10 boats for the Olympic Games back in September 2019 we had no idea of the challenges that would lie ahead. We used the lockdown time away from competition to focus on ourselves and individual development. Since then, the group have thrived, topping the medal table at both the 2021 Europeans and the World Rowing Cup II.
“Obviously, this Olympic Games will be a totally different experience with it being the first time in over two years we’ll be competing against many crews from the rest of the world.
“We don’t have a real form line on them but we believe in the work we are doing and the results of our own performances and it’s a great opportunity for the coaches and athletes to go out there and write a unique chapter in the legacy of the British Rowing team in this unique year.”