Although Alex Gregory may have added yet another world title to his collection last month, the former Evesham Rowing Club ace has confirmed that he will be taking nothing for granted in this weekend’s British Championship.
You only need to take a slight glance at Gregory’s CV to see how awesome it is. He won the Olympic coxless four gold medal at London 2012 and the same European title two years later. He also has five world crowns to his name.
The last of these world crowns came at the beginning of September. The 31-year-old was part of Britain’s victorious men’s eight crew that secured victory in Aiguebelette in France. Matt Gotrel, Constantine Louloudis, Pete Reed, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Sbihi, George Nash, Will Satch and Phelan Hill were also in the crew.
Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team Performance Director, said, “I am really pleased with our Championships performance. The men’s eight winning gold was a great way to finish.”
Gregory is now turning his attention to Nottingham, where he is hoping to secure another national victory, and to Rio 2016.
“Basically, after the World Championships, the slate is wiped clean within the GB team and we have to earn our place back within the team,” he says.
He adds, “We have to earn our seat back in the boats. Every test and every trial is important, in fact every day is important. The coaches monitor every single thing you do on the water, there is never a let-up, there’s never a time to relax.”