Lucinda’s Rio dreams may not be dead in the water yet

OLYMPIC HOPES: Lucinda Gooderham (front) may still have a chance of competing at this summers Olympic Games, despite missing out on World Cup and European Championship selection

OLYMPIC HOPES: Lucinda Gooderham (front) may still have a chance of competing at this summers Olympic Games, despite missing out on World Cup and European Championship selection

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Despite not being included in British Rowing’s World Cup and European Championbship boats Lucinda Gooderham’s Olympic dream may not be dead in the water yet.

The Garboldisham-raised rower was hopeful of taking a step towards competing at this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after a promising display at the Olympic-season time trials last month in which she won the open women’s singles B final, having missed out on the A final by less than a second.

But despite her best efforts, the 31-year-old was omitted from Wednesday’s selection with Great Britain performance director Sir David Tanner indicating those chosen would be his preferred choices for the nation’s Olympic squad.

“We are clearly ambitious to do well in Rio and will race and then review the Europeans combinations announced today (Wednesday),” he said.

However, the Leander Club member’s aspirations of competing on the world’s biggest stage may not be over just yet with chief women’s coach Paul Thompson throwing Gooderham a lifeline, albeit seemingly slim.

“Lucinda raced at our Olympic trials and her season’s performances assessed and wasn’t invited to further squad testing,” he confirmed.

“The women’s boats have been selected for the first World Cup and European Championships, after these regattas each boat will then be reviewed.”

The European Championships are due to take place in Brandenburg, Germany from May 6, with the first World Cup event starting next Friday in Varese Italy.

n A local athlete who is preparing for a European Championships, with his Olympic berth all but guaranteed, is North Lopham-raised Colin Oates.

The 32-year-old will be flying out to Kazan, Russia as part of a 13-strong Great Britain team competing in the European Judo Championships from April 21.

Oates, who clinched European Championship bronze back in 2011, will be hoping for a repeat success as he continues his preparations fro Rio.