For the first time in its history Eastbourne Rowing Club has produced a junior athlete set to compete at international level.
Thanks to much hard work and intensive training, Joseph Guppy has been selected to represent Great Britain at the forthcoming Junior International Rowing Regatta in Munich, Germany.
He is one of only eight athletes chosen for the sculling group. Joe has been training up to seven days a week, twice a day, in order to hone himself physically, mentally and technically in an attempt to gain selection at this year’s Junior World Rowing Championships.
The young rowers work out programme has seen him clocking up between 20 to 30 kilometers a day in the boat, or on indoor rowing machines, as well as weights, core stability work, running and cycling.
As part of his technical development he has also been involved with the Junior Group at the world famous Leander Club where he spends most of his weekends gaining valuable coaching and crew work.
The selection process started back last year in October when 250 oarsmen and scullers attended the early identification trial at Boston in Lincolnshire. Joe’s talent was clearly evident as he was called back to later trials at Nantes in the south of France and Boston again in February.
This concluded in Joe being invited to the spring trials which were held last weekend at Nottingham’s National Water Sports Centre where 18 Junior sculling athletes had to be whittled down to eight over the course of three days.
The stringent selection process was finally completed on Monday morning when the selection panel and coaches made their final decisions informing Joe of his success and his upcoming trip to Munich.
After much hard work, determination, a long and extremely tough selection process Joe along with his friends, family and of course Eastbourne Rowing Club are delighted with his accomplishments and international recognition.