Home grown talent makes it to the Olympics



Former Leicester Rowing Club sculler Jonny Walton, has today been selected as part of the Great British Rowing team for the Olympics in Rio, which start in under 60 days time.  Walton has been selected in the double sculls event with John Collins from London.  Both train at the home of GB Rowing, the Pinsent and Redgrave rowing lake in Caversham, just outside Reading.


Walton originally from Kirby Muxloe, has been an ever present member of the rowing team for the last 2 seasons, however this year, the pace and strength of the team has meant nothing could be taken for granted.  Every member of the team has to fight hard for a seat on the plane to Rio, Walton said, “the intensity has really stepped up this season, everyone is really fighting for their place. No seats are safe, you just have to keep doing what you’re doing every day to the best of your ability”.  This has clearly paid off, in a series of high performance trials, Walton has consistently been near the top and recently strengthened his claims, and that of his rowing partner Collins, by beating the second GB double at Lucerne regatta. 


Walton, a keen football fan, has taken inspiration from the achievements of his old local football team, Leicester City.  Claudio Ranieri, steered his men to an unbelievable achievement by winning the Premier League.  Walton sees parallels between the Foxes success and GB rowing, “all the players look happy at Leicester, there is a real team spirit, and it’s similar to what we have here. I can definitely see a similarity – the belief is there and everyone is willing each other to do well”.  “’Doing a Leicester’ is now being used for when you do something pretty good, so fingers crossed I get to ‘do a Leicester’ at the Olympics.”


You can see Walton and Collins in action before the Olympics start, at the forthcoming Rowing World Cup being held in Poznan, Poland.  They start their campaign on Friday the 17th June, the heats scheduled to start at 8:45 BST.  They face a tough field of 16 other nations including the reigning World Champions and World Record holders, the Sinkovic brothers from Croatia.  I’m sure the crew will take a great deal of inspiration from ‘doing a Leicester’!


Click here for the official GB Rowing press release: : https://www.britishrowing.org/2016/06/meet-our-team-gb-rowers-heading-to-rio/