Garboldisham rower determined to clinch Olympic spot
Lucinda Gooderham is aiming to force her way into Great Britain’s Olympic rowing team after a golden display in the Senior Championships.
Having clinched a silver medal in one of the two women’s four teams at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France last month, the Garboldisham-ace went one better in the national finals in Nottingham at the weekend, helping her club Leander to take the honours alongside Louisa Reeve, Rosamund Bradbury and Katherine Douglas.
But while neither race counted as an Olympic qualifying classified event, the 31-year-old is hopeful of replicating her recent performances at the upcoming selection assessments starting at the end of the month.
“I was really pleased to win a National Championship Gold, following the World Championship Silver,” she said.
“It is nice to represent your club on home soil and come away with a win.
“I won this event when I last raced it in 2013 so I’m pleased to come away with a great result once again.
“Two other members of my crew are also in the GB team so we were a strong unit.
“Unfortunately this win doesn’t affect my chances of competing at Rio next year.
“We have a strict trial process which takes place between now and March, and the results from those races will determine who makes the grade for Rio.
“The first assessment takes place over the weekend of October 31 in Boston, Lincolnshire and involves a 2000m indoor rowing test and a 5000m race in Single Sculls on the water.
“The women’s four is not yet an Olympic event, so I will be aiming for a place in the women’s eight or quad.
“The results of the assessments between now and March will determine if I am fast enough to get into one of these boats.
“Training is ongoing, three times a day, seven days a week from now until the trials and so I just hope the weather stays fine.”