Some of Britain’s top rowers, including Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic medallists Matt Gotrel, Jessica Eddie and James Fox, came together today to reveal their city allegiances and new team colours, as they were announced as Power8 Sprints City Champions – each one representing one of the cities taking part in the dynamic and fast-paced new race format.
The City Champions and crew colours were unveiled as:
The role of the City Champions will be to lend their support to the competing crews and drum up some friendly city rivalry ahead of the first ever Power8 Sprints race, which will be held at Bristol Harbour on Sunday 22nd July.
The Power8 Sprints is an innovative new competition which sees both male and female crews compete for their city, head-to-head in a knock-out tournament over a 350m course which allows spectators to get close to the action and see every stroke of the high-octane action from start to finish. As well as seeing the action live down on Bristol harbourside, fans will be able to tune into BT Sport who will be broadcasting live from the event in July, with BT Sports presenter Craig Doyle heading the line-up.
Andy Parkinson, CEO of British Rowing said, “We’re delighted to be able to announce such high-profile and decorated City Champions for the 2018 Power8 Sprints. Our eight City Champions are just the tip of the iceberg as each crew is packed with great British rowing talent. I’m sure that the friendly rivalry between all the city squads will start to build up to the event in July.”
In the lead up to the race, the city squads of fourteen will be training together with the final crews of nine rowers selected just before the race.
London City Champion Mark Hunter who became Olympic champion at Beijing 2008 and Olympic silver medallist at London 2012 in the lightweight double sculls said, “The Power8 Sprints is a great new concept for rowing and one I’m excited to be a part of. Being here today to represent the London crews and unveil our new crew colour has made me more eager to support my crew as they train for the big event and I hope that people from the city will get behind us in the lead up to the races in July.”