Stallard named in GB rowing team for the Olympics
PUBLISHED: 11:58 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009
ROWER Tom Stallard has been named in the Great Britain team for his second Olympics. The British Olympic Association (BOA) officially revealed the GB team for this summer s Beijing Games at the Redgrave/Pinsent Rowing Lake in Caversham, Berkshire, today (
ROWER Tom Stallard has been named in the Great Britain team for his second Olympics.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) officially revealed the GB team for this summer's Beijing Games at the Redgrave/Pinsent Rowing Lake in Caversham, Berkshire, today (Thursday).
And Welwyn's Stallard, who competed in the Athens Olympics four years ago, will go once again in the men's eight.
The 29-year-old from Herts will fill the two seat alongside Alex Partridge, Tom Lucy, Richard Egington, Josh West, Alastair Heathcote, Matt Langridge, Colin Smith and cox Acer Nethercott.
Stallard has taken gold, silver and bronze in that boat during this year's World Cup series.
After finishing second in Munich, he claimed a bronze at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The GB eight of Partridge, Stallard, Langridge, Tom Solesbury, West, Egington, Robin Bourne-Taylor, Heathcote and cox Nethercott finished third behind Canada and China, but ahead of the Australians and Germans.
Former world champion Stallard was out in Poznan, Poland, last weekend competing in the third of the three major events that lead up to the Olympics.
The crew of Partridge, Stallard, 20-year-old Lucy, Egington, West, Heathcote, Langridge, Smith and Harlow rower Nethercott this time won gold in 5 minutes 41.29 seconds ahead of Germany and hosts Poland in third.
Tom started rowing at the age of 13 with his father Matt, who is a former University of London rower and well known as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who has helped many rowers back to full fitness.
A former Cambridge boat club president, Stallard represented the Light Blues four times in the famous University Boat Race against Oxford, winning twice.
He won a bronze medal in the men's eight at the 2007 World Rowing Championships, having struck gold in the coxed four five years earlier in Seville.