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Olympian aims to inspire indoor rowers at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 December 2016

Moe Sbihi at the British Rowing Indoor Championships last year

Moe Sbihi at the British Rowing Indoor Championships last year

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If the Olympics inspired you to take up rowing but don’t want to sit shivering on the water in December, you’re in luck.

The British Rowing Indoor Championships are coming to the Lee Valley VeloPark on Saturday, with participants of all ages and abilities taking to machines to show off their skills.

More than 1,500 competitors will take part in a variety of categories, including adaptive rowing and relay events.

Indoor rowing is steadily becoming more popular in its own right, and has a fan in Moe Sbihi, who was part of the coxless fours team that won gold at the Rio Olympics.

He smashed Sir Matthew Pinsent’s 11-year record at the Lee Valley VeloPark last year, clocking up 2km in just 5 minutes and 41.8 seconds.

The 28-year-old said: “Hopefully what I did last year will inspire someone to give it a go and try and beat my score.

“I remember in 2003 I was there when teammates James [Cracknell] and Matt [Pinsent] went head to head in a real hammer of the race. Cracknell ended himself and Pinsent just sat back and just pipped him at the end.

“There was the contrasting feeling of Pinsent looking relaxed and a little bit out of breath, while Cracknell was on the floor.

“That affected how I saw rowing, and hopefully what I did last year will inspire someone to give it a go and try and beat my score. My score is out there in public, so go and beat it.”

Spectator tickets cost £6 for adults with children under 16 free. You can buy on the door or in advance from indoorchamps.britishrowing.org


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