Triple Gold Yorkshire Olympian on the Hunt for Home Grown Heroes

Rowing superstar, Andy Triggs-Hodge is back in Yorkshire helping to search for future Olympic champions.

At the Rio Games, Yorkshire rowers brought home three golds and a silver medal. The GB Rowing Team have decided the county is a pretty good place to prospect for gold and will be at the RowLeeds Indoor Championships on the 20th March conducting the biggest ever recruitment drive in the north of England.

Having taken gold at Beijing, London and Rio, Triggs-Hodge knows what it takes to win at the highest level;

“We’re not looking for experienced rowers. We want people between the ages of 14 and 22 who have the two things we can’t coach: height and grit. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of that in Yorkshire.”

Leeds: a waking giant

With a full-time GB coach, a £1.4 million state-of-the-art facility, and sport science support from the city’s universities, Leeds has everything needed to turn home grown talent into world class success. The GB Rowing coach for Yorkshire, Matthew Paul, is working across Leeds Rowing Club, the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett to develop the more senior members of his squad.

The Great Britain Rowing Team

Having won every Olympic rowing regatta since 2000, the Great Britain Rowing Team is one of the country’s strongest international sporting programmes. Coached by Jurgen Grobler, arguably one of the most successful coaches in any sport, the Great Britain Rowing Team has won a gold medal at every Olympics since 1984; a feat achieved by no other sport. Having almost guaranteed success for so many years, rowing – along with cycling – is the best-funded of all Olympic sports. GB rowers typically emerge from its strong domestic scene of university and club rowing. In addition, the GB Rowing Team also runs the ‘World Class Start’ programme, whereby it identifies untrained individuals with the physical and mental qualities likely to lead to international podium level success.

If you are between 14 and 22 and think you might have what it takes, Talent ID testing will be at the RowLeeds Indoor Championships, John Charles Centre for Sport on the 20th March. For more information and to apply, go to


Ben Cox, Director, RowUK



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