Two University of Leeds students; Nathalie Cousins and Misha Dewes have been selected to attend the Great Britain Talent Confirmation Day on the 22nd June.
Nathalie and Misha were selected after completing performance tests held by GB rowing at the recent BUCS regatta. Over 300 students took part in the tests which included a leg and arm power test, bike test and height and arm span.
The University has partnered with British Rowing, Leeds City Rowing club and Sport England to develop the rowing programme at the University. This has included investment to build the new £1m Boathouse and with support from Leeds Alumni to appoint a new Head of Rowing, Dan Grant. This direct investment into the support has enabled Nathalie and Misha to develop from novice rowers to GB trialists in their first year.
At the ‘Talent Confirmation Day’ on the 22nd June they will undergo a series of tests that GB rowing will use to predict if they have potential for elite performance, if selected they will be invited to a water training camp in August in preparation for the GB Rowing Sculling Festival.
When asked about the opportunity Nathalie said: ‘It’s really exciting to see that we’re building on our hard work throughout the past year with opportunities to progress more over the summer’
Both students are preparing for the day through a tailored training regime developed by the Head of Rowing and Strength and Conditioning coach at the University to ensure they are fully prepared to impress GB rowing.