Navy Olympic Rower Selected For Rowing World Cup.

Double Olympic gold medallist and Royal Navy Lieutenant, Pete Reed MBE, has been selected to represent the GB Rowing Team at the World Rowing Cup in Sydney, Australia.

The event is a highlight on the rowing calendar with the top teams from around the world descending on the Sydney International Regatta Centre for three days of competition starting on 22 March.

Pete, who picked up gold in London 2012 in the men’s four, will join his fellow gold medal Olympians Alex Gregory and Andy Triggs Hodge in an eight boat.

“The eight is proving fun and a new challenge to brush the winter cobwebs away,” said GB Rowing Team Performance Director Sir David Tanner.

“It is a good mix of our established big guns and new names.”

Pete joined the Royal Navy as an engineering officer cadet in 1999 and it was only during a fitness test in the Gulf that he discovered his potential for rowing.

He has since gone on to achieve two gold medals and three silver medals in the World Championships and earned gold medals in the Men’s coxless fours at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.

On hearing the good news, Pete said:

"Despite ongoing training through the winter, this is going to be my first international race since the London Olympics and I am keen to get back on the water in that competitive environment.

“As a Naval Officer I carry the White Ensign with me and stand tall with the support of the Royal Navy’s sailors, aviators and marines wherever I go.”

Pete, who has his eyes firmly set on representing the GB Rowing Team and the Royal Navy, is hoping to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Despite ongoing training through the winter, this is going to be my first international race since the London Olympics and I am keen to get back on the water in that competitive environment.

Lieutenant Peter Reed