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Team GB Slalom Canoeist Richard Hounslow on his feelings about the Games, 8 days before the Opening Ceremony...

Team GB Slalom Canoeist Richard Hounslow in training Credit: ITN

“I’m feeling really excited, our training is tapering off now so I’m starting to feel a lot fresher. We’re just fine-tuning really, the hard work has been done so we’re all just getting ready to compete now.

“I think the atmosphere her is going to be amazing. We were here when the Olympic Torch went down the course and that was great fun, we had about 2,000 people here and when each of us was introduced to the crowd we got a big cheer, and that was pretty amazing.

“This is without a doubt the highlight of my career so far. I’m very lucky that this is my first Olympic Games and and also a home Games as well. Even if it turns out to be my only Olympics I’m just so proud that I’ll be able to compete in front of a home crowd, with my friends and family watching.”

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Brabants included in Olympic canoe squad

Tim Brabants won two medals at the Beijing Olympics. Credit: AP Photo/Tim Hales

Tim Brabants from Teddington has been named in the the British canoe sprint squad for the Olympics. The 35 year-old won a gold and a bronze at the last games in 2008 and will compete in the men's K1 1000m category.

Also in the squad is Londoner Richard Jefferies along with Rachel Cawthorn and Liam Heath from Guildford.**

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British Olympic Association names London rowers to represent Team GB

With just 51 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the British Olympic Association has announced that 19 London rowers have been selected to form part of the squad which will represent Team GB at the Games.

George Nash, Molesey BC

Tom James, Molesey BC

Andrew Triggs Hodge, Molesey BC

James Foad, Molesey BC

Mohamed Sbihi, Molesey BC

Greg Searle, Molesey BC

Phelan Hill, Cox

Bill Lucas, London RC

Sam Townsend, Reading University BC

Charles Cousins, Reading University BC

Tom Solesbury, Petts Wood

Jo Cook, Sunbury-on-Thames

Jessica Eddie, University of London BC

Louisa Reeve, London

Melanie WIlson, London

Rob Williams, London RC

Mark Hunter, Romford

Zac Purchase, Marlow RC

Sophie Hosking, London RC

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Rowers tweet of excitement ahead of Team GB announcement

Suspense builds for GB rowers

Britain's top rowers will be finding out shortly whether they've made the grade for London 2012.

The British Olympic Association is holding a press conference at 2pm, at which it will reveal which athletes have been chosen for Team GB.

Mark Hunter, shown below, is one of those hoping to be named for the squad.

He won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the lightweight men's double scull with his partner Zac Purchase.

Mark Hunter is a reigning Olympic champion. Credit: London Tonight.
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