Congdon keen to grab bragging rights over Great Britain rivals

PERSONAL PRIDE: Phil Congdon, third from right in action for Great Britain, will be aiming to get one over some of his national teammates this weekend
PERSONAL PRIDE: Phil Congdon, third from right in action for Great Britain, will be aiming to get one over some of his national teammates this weekend
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Phil Congdon will be hoping to grab the bragging rights as a trio of local athletes go for glory at the British Rowing Championships this weekend.

The 25-year-old will be joined by fellow Bury St Edmunds-born rowers Josh Tonnar and Lucinda Gooderham at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham as they return to their respective club teams against some of their Great Britain teammates.

Congdon will compete in the fours on Saturday before being joined by Molesey teammate Tonnar for the eights on Sunday as he looks to get one over on some of his national rivals.

“For those involved with the Great Britain team it is a good general practice and a chance to mix with our clubs again which is always nice,” said Congdon. “It is less pressure than representing Great Britain, but we all pile the pressure on each other and there is still that big competitive atmosphere.

“It is a chance to show our individual capabilities and still compete with that competitive edge.

“You always want to win and it gives you the chance to claim the bragging rights among the Great Britain squad.

“There is a sense of 
personal pride at stake and everyone wants to be top dog.”

Gooderham will compete for the Leander Club in the women’s double sculls on Saturday before taking her place in the quadruple sculls team on Sunday.