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Hodge looks for peak performance in Switzerland
10:59am Thursday 24th May 2012 in General
Hebden’s Andy Hodge heads for Switzerland this weekend for the next stage of the Great Britain rowing team’s preparations for the London Olympics.
Hodge is part of the new-look men’s four crew that described themselves as a “work in progress” after winning gold at the first World Cup meeting of the year in Belgrade.
The presence of the Australian New Zealand and Canadian crews this time will intensify the level of competition for Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory in Lucerne.
“We are still working on fine-tuning the team as the London Games approaches, “said GB Rowing Team Performance Director David Tanner. “The benefit of consistent and significant investment by the National Lottery in our team over the past four years has given us a tremendous strength across the disciplines and gives us several options to consider. “ Yorkshire’s twice Olympic silver medalist Debbie Flood, from Guiseley, is back in the Siemens-sponsored GB Team for the first time this year.
She will race in the women’s eight as a replacement for the injured Lindsey Maguire from Edinburgh at the season’s second world cup in Lucerne, Switzerland from May 25-27.
The 2010 World double scull silver medalist Marcus Bateman, from Torquay, will also have a new role. He will not race in the men’s single scull but will compete instead in the eight in place of Londoner Constantine Louloudis who is still recovering from an injury.
The 2010 world champion Paul Mattick from Frome will enjoy a return to the lightweight men’s four as a replacement for the injured Peter Chambers.
The switch means that Adam Freeman Pask will now race in a lightweight single scull and the GB rowing team has withdrawn its entry in the lightweight men's pair which was to have been raced by Freeman-Pask and Mattick.