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Video: the latest generation of elite rowers

Last month the Olympic rowing champion Katherine Grainger announced she was coming out of retirement and is hoping to take part in the Rio Olympics in 2016. She'll be fighting for a place in the British team alongside the latest generation of elite rowers.

The youngsters who've been selected for the British rowing START programme have to learn to juggle schoolwork with intense training both in the gym and on the water. Penny Silvester has been to see some of them.


Local community 'rows to Monte Carlo' to raise money for charity

Sports Minister Helen Grant joins the crew Credit: Dandelion Time

A local community in Marden has banded together in a 'Herculean effort' to raise money for charity. 500 people rowed for 3 days and two nights, covering a thousand miles - the distance from Marden to Monte Carlo. At busy times 5 rowing machines were going at full pelt. Anyone could participate and families, teams and individuals all from the local community joined in . Many of them had never rowed before but they took to the the challenge. Sports Minster Helen Grant even did her bit.

So far, the event has raised £13,000 for Dandelion Time, a charity which helps traumatised children and their families.

Rowers to embark on 3000 mile journey across Atlantic

Video. It is one of the world's toughest endurance tests, but that's not going to stop a team of rowers from Sussex embarking on a 3000 mile journey. Team Atlantic Splash, five men from Worthing Rowing Club, will be rowing across the Atlantic.

They have been training for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge which starts in La Gomera in the Canaries and finishes in Antigua. They start on the 2nd December. We spoke to one of the team members, Neal Marsh.

Caversham rowers win at World Championships

Having already secured one gold and three bronze medals during the regatta in South Korea, the eights crew finished ahead of Germany and the United States.

The men's eight were bronze medal winners at the London 2012 Olympics, where Germany took the gold.

But it was a momentous victory on Tangeum Lake on Saturday for the British crew - Daniel Ritchie, Tom Ransley, Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Mohamed Sbihi, Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, William Satch and cox Phelan Hill.

They dictated the pace of the 2000m race, leading at all of the checkpoints.

On the final day of competition the men's lightweight four managed to secure third, with Adam Freeman-Pask, Jonathan Cleggwon, Chris Bartley and William Fletcher taking bronze.


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Fun on the water for hundreds at regatta in Henley

Children and adults with disabilities have been given their chance to get out on the water at the fourth annual Henley Regatta for the Disabled in Henley. The event also featured a race - involving dragon boats.

The interviewees in Richard Jones' report are: Lucy Walton from Team Holt: Emma Walton, Team Captain; and Peter Face, a visitor; Ian Tritton, Chairman - Regatta for the Disabled.

Henley hosts the fourth annual 'Regatta for the Disabled'

Dragon boat race underway on the River Thames in Henley

Children and adults with disabilities have been attending the fourth annual Regatta for the Disabled in Henley.

Hundreds of people have gathered at the River Thames in Oxfordshire for the event. Dragon boat races have been the main attraction.

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