Garboldisham rowing ace Gooderham’s Rio dream is not dead in the water

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Despite not being included in British Rowing’s World Cup and European Championbship boats Lucinda Gooderham’s Olympic dream may not be dead in the water yet, writes Sam Murley.

The Garboldisham-raised rower was hopeful of taking a step towards competing at this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after a promising display at the British Olympic-season time trials last month in which she won the open women’s singles B final, having missed out on the A final by less than a second.

But despite her best efforts, the 31-year-old was omitted from Wednesday’s selection with Great Britain’s performance director, Sir David Tanner, indicating those chosen would be his preferred choices to go foward for the nation’s Olympic squad.

“We are clearly ambitious to do well in Rio and will race and then review the Europeans combinations announced today (Wednesday),” he said.

However, the Leander Club member’s aspirations of competing on the world’s biggest stage may not be over just yet with chief women’s coach Paul Thompson throwing Gooderham a lifeline, albeit seemingly slim.

“Lucinda raced at our Olympic trials and her season’s performances assessed and wasn’t invited to further squad testing,” he confirmed.

“The women’s boats have been selected for the first World Cup and European Championships, after these regattas each boat will then be reviewed.”

The European Championships are due to take place in Brandenburg, Germany from May 6, with the first World Cup event starting next Friday in Varese Italy.