Cassells in GB squad for World Cup in Italy

Caversham. Reading. Joel CASSELLS. GBRowing  European Team Announcement, GB Training Base Reading. 13.05.2015. Wednesday. [Mandatory Credit: Peter Spurrier/Intersport-images.com
Caversham. Reading. Joel CASSELLS. GBRowing European Team Announcement, GB Training Base Reading. 13.05.2015. Wednesday. [Mandatory Credit: Peter Spurrier/Intersport-images.com

Joel Cassells has been selected for the GB squad for the forthcoming World Cup in Varese, Italy.

Joining the Chambers brothers, Richard and Peter and Alan Campbell, Joel will row in the lightweight Men’s pair.

The European Champion lightweight men’s pairing of Cassells, an U23 silver medallist, and Peter Chambers, with all the experience of a 2012 silver medal to bring to the boat, will make the switch into the lightweight men’s four to race with Mark Aldred and Chris Bartley, also a 2012 silver medallist.

Chambers and Cassells, who was was making his senior international debut in Poznan. set a European record of 6:28.58 to edge out France with Germany in third.

2012 light men’s four silver medallist Richard Chambers, older brother to Peter, and Will Fletcher remain the GB lightweight men’s double for Varese having impressed on their first international outing together to take silver.

Chambers secured silver at the championships alongside Englishman Fletcher. It was the first time they competed together in an international meeting together and they came in three seconds behind winners France.

2012 Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell returns after time out with an injury. This will be Campbell’s first competitive race of 2015 having also sat out the GB Rowing Team Trials in April.

Many of the European gold-medal winning crews from Poznan remain unchanged, including the Olympic, World and European Champion women’s pair of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning.