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Hunter urges GB rowers to make their mark

PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 May 2016

Mark Hunter shows off his Olympic medals (pic: George Powell/SAS)

Mark Hunter shows off his Olympic medals (pic: George Powell/SAS)

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Former Olympic champion looks ahead to World Cup event

Former Olympic rowing champion Mark Hunter says the Great Britain team will face its sternest test in Lucerne this weekend.

A number of the world’s top crews will compete at the World Rowing Cup in Switzerland and for some it is the only chance to compete against their toughest rivals before Rio.

The event is the last major rowing regatta before the GB squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics is announced and Hunter, an ambassador of SAS, the Official Analytics Partner of British Rowing and the GB Rowing Team, said: “Most athletes, crews and their coaches will want to ensure they produce a solid performance this weekend; and in doing so, establish themselves in the medal zone making themselves the ones to watch.”

The challenge in an Olympic year is for elite athletes to peak more than once in a season.

Hunter experienced this in 2008, winning gold at the World Rowing Cup II in Munich before repeating the feat in Beijing at the 2008 Olympic Games with Zac Purchase.

Looking ahead to being a part of the BBC commentary team in Rio, Hunter said: “I’ve always believed peaking at the right time has three components; being physically ready is important but, you must also be at your best mentally and technically to achieve a true ‘peak performance’.

“I felt I experienced two peaks per season. The first was a ‘mini-peak’ when I had two of these elements in place, and my aim would be to time this for an event such as the World Rowing Cup event.

“In an Olympic year, every athlete is aiming to peak at the Games and this is when I’d be looking for my second peak, when I was at my best physically, mentally and technically – giving me the confidence to deliver my absolute best possible performance.”

*The World Rowing Cup II takes place from May 27-29 and for more information and results from the weekend’s action visit britishrowing.org.

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