After a successful 2013, which saw Eastbourne rower Joe Guppy return from the Youth Olympics in Sydney with two Bronze Medals, the young star is looking forward to emulating last year’s success stories in the year ahead.
Guppy, 20, revealed that his main focus for 2014 is to qualify for the upcoming Under 23 World Championships in Varese, Northern Italy, later this year. And while part of last season’s progress was halted because of injury, he believes he is on course for a place in the squad.
“2013 was a good year for me,” he said.”I got injured, so the second half wasn’t so good and my main goal for this year is to try and go to the World Under 23’s.
“At the moment it’s all going well.”
Eastbourne’s brightest rowing talent is currently embarking on his second year as a student at Oxford Brooks University where he continues to perfect his trade.
He splits his time between Eastbourne during the holidays and is still a regular face at Eastbourne Rowing Club.
He set up a training club over the Christmas period and wants to share some of his own success with the club he admitted to owing a lot to.
His other goal for 2014 is to help them to a first national title in over 30 years.
“I’d really like Eastbourne to win a senior Championship on the coast,” said Guppy.
“They haven’t won anything like that since the 70s so it would be really good if I could help with that.”
Beyond his immediate plans, with the Olympics in Rio looming large on the horizon, he has one eye on a place in an Olympic squad in the not too distant future, but he admits that 2016 might come round too soon.
With Great Britain being a leading force in the world of rowing, and with a whole host of elite athletes at their disposable, it is almost unprecedented for someone to harbour hopes of going to the Olympics at such a tender age.
It is, however, a dream he hopes to realise as his career progresses.
“I always like to keep more short-term goals, “ he claimed. “ But I would love to be part of the Olympic team one day. That is my dream.”
Joe Guppy’s home club, Eastbourne Rowing Club, welcome new members. Anyone looking to get involved with rowing can contact:
The Boathouse, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7LD phone: 07714 257937 email: firstname.lastname@example.org