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Teams of Olympic rowing stars confirmed for Regatta London

14.08.2019

We are delighted to announce that two teams of international Olympic rowing stars will take part in the first Regatta London to raise money for our headline partner Mates in Mind.

Between them the crews, one male and one mixed, competed in five Olympic games from 2004 to 2016 and won an amazing total of 18 medals.

They include:

• Jess Eddie, who competed in three Olympics and won silver with the GB women’s eight at Rio

• Andrew Triggs Hodge, who won three Olympic gold medals for GB in 2008, 2012 and 2016

• Paul Bennett, who also won gold in the GB men’s eight in Rio in 2016

• Julia Michalska, who won bronze for Poland in the women’s double at London 2012

• Rebecca Scowen, who won bronze for New Zealand in the women’s pair in London

Dr Cameron Nichol, now working in medicine, has put together the two crews together and can’t wait to take part.

He said: “As a group of retired Olympians and international rowers who are now after great experiences, rather than high octane start lines, Regatta London is a perfect event. The opportunity to be on the water on a closed River Thames in the middle of London, with thousands of people as well as old friends - we wanted to do it the minute we heard about it! What’s more is that we’re also doing this to raise funds for Mates in Mind - a fantastic charity that is promoting awareness and providing support and resources to help improve mental wellbeing of people at work. There’s a clear link between physical and mental well-being and as former athletes that have experienced a high-pressure environment, the transition into the workplace with optimal mental health is a cause close to our hearts. We’re rowing the 19.2km as a physical challenge, to help celebrate the River Thames and bring attention to this worthy cause. We hope you’ll be able to support our challenge and Regatta London itself.” 

James Rudoni, Managing Director of Mates in Mind said: “We are delighted to be involved with the first ever Regatta London as a Headline Charity Partner and excitedly welcome the support of these former Olympians, who will be out there rowing on the day for Team Mates in Mind. Regatta London promises to be a memorable event for all involved, both on and off the water. We encourage anyone with an interest in paddle sports to get involved, seize this unique opportunity and support our work to start the conversation about mental health in the workplace, as well as taking action to improve it. You can sign up on our website and don’t worry, you don’t have to be an Olympian to take part!” 

Andrew Triggs Hodge, who now works for Tideway, the company building London’s ‘super sewer’ and which has founded Regatta London, said: “Incredible opportunities like this seldom come around. The last two years have been an amazing journey for me from an Olympian to the world of work and Regatta London has given me the opportunity to help so many important people around the river. I am very proud of what we are trying to achieve.”

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