Bucks rower gets taste for the Games

Ed Bosson

Ed Bosson

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SEER GREEN’S Ed Bosson insists the future of the men’s eight is in safe hands after he coxed them to a third-placed finish at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

While his compatriots jumped into the action Down Under last week, 19-year-old Bosson had to wait until Sunday and the final day of action to strut his stuff at the Sydney Regatta Centre.

But after the long wait that is exactly what he did as the Cambridge University Rowing Club cox let the men’s eight across the line in 6:01.25 minutes.

And after a place on the podium had been secured Bosson was quick to look to the future, insisting it looks very bright indeed.

He said: “We were obviously really happy to win bronze it is just a shame that we have missed out on the gold and silver.”

“On the day it is about learning and I think the guys have learned a lot about racing. We decided to gear ourselves a little heavier to see if that would pay off, to make the most of the big guys in a our crew.

“In hindsight we won’t know whether that was the right call or not but I think it is a good result. Being competitive people we will always want to strive for more.

‘It was tricky because we hadn’t had much time together but the guys ware fantastic, they listen and are keen to make the changes we need and given that it is a our winter back home we should be pleased with how we have done.

“The team has done fantastically over the regatta.”

This was Bosson’s first taste of an Olympic-style event and he admitted the success had left her hungry for more.

He said: “With me only in the one event I had some time to take it all in and just what a massive event the Australian Youth Olympic Festival is.

“It is great to represent Team GB with the Olympic rings on your kit and now I have done it I just want to do it again and again now.”

Their performance matched that of Greg Searle and men’s eights at the real thing at Eton Dorney last summer, when Team GB risked everything trying to beat the Germans and were leading going into the final stages of the race.

The British Olympic Association prepares and leads British athletes at the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games. It works in partnership with sport National Governing Bodies to enhance Olympic success and is responsible for championing the Olympic values. www.olympics.org.uk

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