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Marcus Bateman
Marcus training near Paris in April 2005

Internal News - 18 October 2005

Bath University Rower earns a GB Senior vest

Marcus Bateman, who graduated with a BSc in Sports Technology from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2005, has become the first Bath University Rower to earn a GB Senior vest.

Marcus took up rowing whilst on placement at Lehigh University in the USA. His inclusion in the Great Britain Senior Men’s Development Eight for the E.On Hanse Cup race in Germany in early October came after only a year and a half of training.

Until recently Marcus has been a member of the small group of rowers invited to join the World Class Start and Potential Programme in Bath. The Programme identifies and develops the Olympians of the future with the support of the National Lottery through Sport England and is implemented at the University of Bath by Talent Development Coach, Paul Stannard.

In July, Marcus was invited by GB Chief Coach Jurgen Grobler to be one of the two spare athletes to attend the Pre-World Championship Training Camp to support the Senior Team. His recent selection to represent Great Britain is a positive step forwards on the way to full International Selection.

The E.On Hanse Cup is an event for Senior Men’s Eights and incorporates sprint, endurance and ergometer events.

The sprint event on the Saturday was over 400m and after a fast start the GB Eight was in second place when, in true “Boat Race” style the GB eight and Cambridge collided which meant both crews had to stop. The GB eight continued the race to finish in fourth.

The main event was held on the Monday over a gruelling 12km course where the GB crew struggled to perform as a unit after their short time together and finished last. The highlight of the weekend reflects the reason why this eight was put together though; on the Sunday a team ergometer (rowing machine) challenge saw each member of the eight man crew racing over 500m. The average time was then calculated with this average determining the seeding for the main race on the water. The individuals in the Great Britain Development Eight were all selected for their potential with their size and strength being key factors. Against tough opposition the Great Britain eight won this part of the competition overall pulling an average of 1:18.5 for 500m.

The next test facing Marcus will be at the first of this season’s Great Britain Long Distance Water Assessments on 22 October 2005 where eleven members of the University Boat Club will also compete.

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