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Cracknell's bid to be a European MP

Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has been talking about his latest challenge - to become a Euro-MP for the south west. The man who twice won gold for rowing, is on the Conservative list of candidates for next year's election.

Today he said he didn't feel his sporting prowess was the reason for his selection - or that the effects of a serious head injury would hamper his chances. He was speaking to our political correspondent Bob Constantine at the Conservative conference in Manchester.

Ancient rowing boats still competing

Three of the oldest rowing boats in the world are on their way to take part in a special anniversary celebration in the Isles of Scilly. The vessels are based in Newquay. The oldest is 201 years old and still used every day.

The Newquay, The Dove and the Treffry are leaving the Cornish resort to talk part in gig racing championships and it's the first time all three have been down to the Scillies together.

rowing boats Credit: ITV News West Country

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Olympic rowing champions compete at World Cup

by Matthias Kurth

It's almost a year since the start of the London Olympic Games and this weekend is particularly significant for two of our region's gold medal-winning athletes.

Olympic rowing champions Peter Reed, from Gloucestershire, and Helen Glover, from Cornwall, have returned to the scene of their twenty-twelve triumphs. They'll be competing for Great Britain at the Rowing World Cup at Eton Dorney.

Gold medallist Glover competes in World Rowing Cup

Helen Glover (left) and her rowing partner Heather Stanning show off their medals at Eton Dorney lake Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Cornwall's Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover will return to the scene of her 2012 triumph this weekend.

She'll be competing for Great Britain at the World Rowing Cup. The event's being held in the UK for the first time in eight years.

It takes place at Eton Dorney, where Helen - who's from Truro - and her partner Heather Stanning won Team GB's first gold of the games in the coxless pairs.

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Heavy Westcountry support for Olympian road name campaign

There is a lot of support for a campaign launched to get a new road in Yeovil named after Olympian rower Heather Stanning, who won a gold medal yesterday (Wednesday) in the women's pairs.

There is a big debate taking place on ITV Westcountry's Facebook page and Twitter page -

@ITVWestCountry

Our home girl did us proud so yeah too right she should have a road named after her and there's no better place than her home town.

– TERRIE PIXIE BAKER

It's a great idea. What an honour for a gold medallist winning rower to have a street named after herself in her home town of Yeovil!

– LOUISE LOUGHLIN

Great idea ... where do we join/sign? Fantastic achievement and a fantastic idea!

– GEMA SAUNDERS

The campaign was launched by Somerset councillor Jon Gleeson, who thought it would be a fitting honour for the Olympian in her home town.

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