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Bedfordshire rower hopeful of place in Olympic team

Charlotte Taylor from Bedfordshire is battling for a place in the Olympic rowing team. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Athletes from across the country are currently battling it out to secure a place in the Olympic games in Rio this summer.

ITV News has been given rare access to the rowing squad training ahead of the European Championships next month including Bedfordshire hopeful Charlotte Taylor.

Many of those competing in that event will travel to South America to represent Team GB and contribute to the Olympic medal tally.

ITV News reporter Matt Price has been following the athletes on their Road to Rio

Norfolk rowers head to Henley

The Norwich Junior Quad crew Credit: Norwich Rowing Club

Two crews from Norwich Rowing Club are preparing to race at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Both junior and senior men’s crew qualified to race in the regatta in two different challenges.

The Men's VIII crew Credit: Norwich Rowing Club

The junior quad will be racing against Molesey Rowing Club in the Henley Fawley Cup challenge.

The Senior crew have qualified for the Thames Challenge Cup. They will be racing on the Henley Reach against Imperial College.

Confidence high in Cambridge camp for boat race

The weigh in for the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - one of the most famous events on the sporting calendar - has taken place in London.

Cambridge are bidding to win back the title after last year's defeat and they unveiled a heavier crew - but they lack the experience of Oxford, who's squad features three Olympians. Confidence is high in the Cambridge camp though who say their crew are freakishly talented.

This year is the 160th boat race, and crews from the two universities have been in training for months.

Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia's Tanya Mercer


Boat teams gear up for weigh in

Cambridge/Oxford weigh in on Monday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The official weigh in of the Cambridge and Oxford University boat crews will take place on Monday 10 March.

There are just 27 days to go now until the boatrace takes place on the Thames in London on 6th April.

The weigh in is often a clear indication as to which crew will be favourite to win the race.

This year it's the 160th race, and crews from the two unversities have been in training for months.

Norwich: Iconic Carrow Cup rowing race set for landmark anniversary

Training is underway for the start of the Carrow Cup. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Training's underway for one of the oldest rowing races in the country.

Tomorrow's Carrow Cup race marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the Norwich rowing competition, making it older than the university boat race and the Henley regatta.

The circuit is around 3km in distance. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In fact, it's thought to the second oldest rowing prize in England, second only to the annual Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race on the Thames.

Teams from across the UK will be competing in the race and the Chair of Norwich Rowing Club, Nick Francis, says that the trophy is steeped in history:

"The Cup is the second oldest rowing trophy in the UK, and dates back to 1813, making it actually about 15 years older than the Oxford Vs. Cambridge Boat Race.

"It's a very important race locally, a very traditional race, and we're very happy to host both local clubs and traditional boats from all over the country."

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