GB Junior Rowing
Each year the British Rowing selects two squads of junior rowers to represent Great Britain. Candidates must be under 18 on 1st January of the year in question.
The selection process is long, arduous and very demanding. It starts in November with long distance trials in single sculls against the clock over a 5,000 metre course at Boston, Lincolnshire. Rowers with the best performances from this event and those with top ergo scores will be invited to the World Class Potential Camp in December.
Then for two days in February there are more time trials, over the same course, but this time in singles /coxless pairs/double sculls. Participants complete the course twice in the weekend – and can be asked to partner a child from another school/club.
In addition to these water based trials, candidates also have to achieve minimum standards in a sequence of ergo tests over a period of five months. All junior trialists have to be selected and supported by their school’s senior coach.
Taking the ergo and time trials performance together boys are selected by the GB Junior Coach for a “Spring Assessment” which typically takes place over four days in March after the end of term. This session, at the National Water Sports Centre (NWSC) involves extensive seat racing in pairs and fours with candidates rowing with any other trialist.
Potential coxswains are nominated by their coaches and a tape recording of a 2,000m race is submitted to the selection panel for their consideration.
A further session of open trials in pairs and single sculls is typically held in April at Dorney Lake.
A squad sufficient to enter the following events – single, double and quad sculls, coxless pair, four and eight – is selected to race at the two day international regatta in Munich in early May.
The final GB trials involving up to a hundred rowers take place at NWSC over four days, usually around the time of Henley. After the Nottingham trials candidates are assigned to either the World Championship or the Coupe de la Jeunesse squads – the latter being limited to the B squads of European Countries. Later in July the squads then attend their training camps in preparation for the Junior World Championships (Early August) or the Coupe de la Jeunesse (End of July).