West Country rowers named in Olympic squad

Today's press conference Photo: ITV West Country

2008 Olympic gold medalist Peter Reed leads the West Country contingent named today [Wednesday] in the rowing squad for London 2012.

With 51 days to go until the start of the Games, the British Olympic Association have confirmed the 48 athletes who will compete on Eton Dorney Lake.

Reed, from Nailsworth in Gloucestershire, will bid for a second successive gold in the men's four alongside fellow Gloucestershire rower Alex Gregory.

2008 Olympic gold medalist Peter Reed leads the West Country contingent named today [Wednesday] in the rowing squad for London 2012. Credit: ITV West Country

Tewkesbury's Zac Purchase will be out to retain his Olympic title in the men's lightweight double scull with partner Mark Hunter.

In the women's pair, the British crew of Cornwall's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning from Yeovil are favourites to win gold after two World Cup victories so far this season.

At the announcement in Windsor today, Devon rower Bill Lucas was confirmed in the men's double scull, while Somerset's Stephen Rowbotham was selected in the men's quadruple scull.

Beth Rodford from Gloucester retains her place in the women's quadruple scull, with Natasha Page (Gloucester) and Annie Vernon (Cornwall) in contention for the women's eight.