Sam Courty to make her senior World Championship debut

University of Bath rower Sam Courty will make her senior World Championship debut later this month after being named in the Great Britain squad for the global event in Sarasota, Florida.

Courty, who only took up rowing while studying sports and exercise science, has been selected in a new look women’s four, along with Caragh McMurtry, Beccy Girling and Rowan McKellar.

Fellow graduate Sara Parfett, who studied biology, has been named as a spare for the women’s sweep squad, while economics graduate Frazier Christie is a spare for the men’s squad.

All three developed their skills under the guidance of Dan Harris on GB Rowing’s ‘Start’ programme at the University of Bath and Minerva Bath rowing clubs.

Courty, who still wears ‘Crew Bath’ colours while competing in club competitions, has previously represented Great Britain at both the World under-23 and World University Championships, winning a silver and two bronze medals.

She made her senior debut alongside McMurtry at July’s Lucerne World Cup in Switzerland, finishing seventh overall in the women’s pair.

“It’s fantastic to see Sam selected in the women’s four,” said Harris. “I’m really pleased for her and it will be a proud moment to watch her race. For Frazier and Sara to be spares is also great progress. GB are the best rowing nation in the world, so to make the squad is a huge achievement and will be a great experience for them to build on for future seasons.”

Rio 2016 silver-medallist Vicky Thornley, who also came through the Bath ‘Start’ programme, will contest the women’s single scull at the World Championships taking place from Sunday, September 24 until Sunday, October 1.

Meanwhile, as the latest intake of ‘Start’ rowers attended their first national training camp in Nottingham, Harris remains on the look-out for people who think they may have the skills and physique to be a potential rowing champion.

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