SEVENTY athletes will head to Rotterdam next week to compete at the 2019 World Cup III between July 12-14.

It will provide the final international competition for the

Great Britain Rowing Team

before the World Rowing Championships in Linza, Austria in August.

British Rowing Director of Performance, Brendan Purcell is responsible for the Olympic, Paralympic and Under 23 programmes.

She said: “Our priority for the 2019 season is to qualify as many boats as possible for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, so this third World Cup is our last opportunity to test ourselves against the rest of the world before the qualification regatta at the World Championships.

“The squad heading out to Rotterdam is a fantastic mix of youth and experience.

“Our medal winning boats from the European Championships and second World Cup will be aiming to achieve podium performances once again, while providing another opportunity for all the boats to close the gap between them and the podium.”

Responsibility for the selection of Great Britain boats lies with Jürgen Grobler OBE, who became Chief Coach for the women’s squad as well as the men’s last year.

Commenting on the squad selected for Rotterdam, Grobler said: “This is a qualifying year and the Olympics is a big attraction for everyone in the world so the competition is tough.

“The fact that the men’s four won gold at the European Championships and came fourth at World Cup II shows how unpredictable the sport is.

“The athletes across both our men’s and women’s squads have huge potential and we now need to get our mental and physical preparation to peak at the right time for the World Championships.”

The women’s eight, who won silver at the European Championships and bronze at World Cup II will again feature Karen Bennett, Sunningdale-based Hattie Taylor, Fiona Gammond, Zoë Lee, Jo Wratten, Rebecca Shorten, Rowan McKellar and Holly Norton with Matilda Horn, from Windsor, returning as cox.

The European bronze medal-winning men’s quad of Jonny Walton and Angus Groom, plus Maidenhead-based Jack Beaumont and Pete Lambert will be heading to Rotterdam with a point to prove after missing out on podium spots at World Cup II

The same applies to the

European gold medal-winning men’s four

of Ollie Cook, from Windsor, Matt Rossiter, Marlow-based Rory Gibbs and Sholto Carnegie.

“We haven’t raced at Rotterdam before but I watched the 2016 World Championships there and it’s a great venue,” said Groom.

“We’ve really turned a corner after World Cup II and are looking forward to refining our plans at Henley Royal Regatta this week before heading out to World Cup III.”

You can follow the GB Rowing Team in Rotterdam on BBC online and on the red button on Sunday 14th July from 10-1.50pm.