George Nash (St Catharine’s 2008)
Update: the self-proclaimed #redbandits, George and his partner Will Satch rowed their way to a Bronze medal in the GB Men's coxless pair on 3 August 2012. Find our more here.
George has been selected for Team GB to row in the Men's Pair. You can find his official
profile on the Team GB website here
Hoping to qualify for: Men’s Pair or Men’s Eight
Sporting Hero? "Didier Cuche because the way he approaches racing is really positive and inspiring"
“I started rowing at school. When I was 13, the cox of my school’s first eight persuaded a group of boys from my house to try it. We won the inter-house competition and it went from there. It was fun and a really great group of people.
I kept up with rowing throughout school and made the first eight after three years. In my final year, we got a silver medal in the National Schools regatta, which was really exciting because our school was fairly small in rowing terms. I made the junior national team and was lucky enough to row with really good people. Our crew won the Junior World Championships. Then I got into Cambridge, and the Boat Race took things to the next level.
Applying for Cambridge was a no-brainer because it was the best place for rowing and for academia. I’m currently taking a year out to concentrate on rowing. It’s actually pretty tough rowing at Cambridge compared to what I’m doing now, simply because you need to put a lot of time into both rowing and academic work.
Going to the Olympics has been an ambition since I left school. At Cambridge, I wanted to see how good I could be. Last year I rowed in a pair with Oxford’s Constantine Louloudis and made the national team. Once I’d done that, I decided to go for it, take the year off and give it my best shot. The pressure of going to the home Olympics is going to be huge – you can use that to motivate yourself, but it’s definitely more of a challenge compared to competitions in other countries. There will be media attention and lots of people watching, but the Boat Race prepares you for that sort of thing.
At the moment, I start training at 7.30am and get home around 3 or 4pm. We’re in a really good position because the British rowing team has an amazing set-up and provides you with every opportunity to be the best you can. I love working really closely with a team, with really specific goals, and I really enjoy the feeling of rowing: being out there on the water, trying to go as fast as possible and racing against other people. I’m looking forward to competing against the best people in the world.”
The GB Rowing Team is sponsored by Siemens.