Golden oldie? Vale’s Olympic rower under pressure for Rio vest

Andrew Triggs Hodge in action (front)
Andrew Triggs Hodge in action (front)

Halton rower Andy Triggs Hodge has been told he faces stiff competition to retain his place with Britain’s gold-medal winning coxless fours should he continue towards Rio.

The warning comes from Team GB’s rowing coach Paul Stannard who believes the pool of British talent in the sport’s ranks will put pressure on his place in the team as the build-up to the next Olympics begins.

The 33-year-old, alongside Pete Reed, Tom James and Alex Gregory, memorably edged out Australia in a thrilling race at London 2012, taking gold at Eton Dorney in a time of 6 minutes 3.97 seconds.

But Stannard is predicting plenty more glory in the future owing to the dearth of talent at his disposal.

“Thankfully, in some respects I don’t have to make the tough decisions as to who it is in which boat.

“But in the last two years we have been planning for Rio so it is a six-year project as opposed to a four-year project.”

Stannard was speaking at the Gillette UK Coaching Awards.