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Past Participant of the Month

• Posted in Australia / Gap Year / Rowing • By Kate Dowson

Past Participant Profile: George Nash, Rowing

As one of the World’s top rowing nations Australia is a great place to visit during your gap year to work on your technique and enhance your coaching skills. Our rowing clubs in Melbourne and Brisbane have excellent facilities, world class coaches and, perhaps most importantly, a fantastic social life. The weather’s pretty good too!

George Nash, Olympian and Bronze Medal winner in the men’s pair with Will Satch, participated in a Sport Lived gap year in 2008, in which he coached, and rowed with a club in Melbourne. He says he “booked a trip to Australia with Sport Lived as a rowing coach mainly to find out how the aussies do it and I thought Melbourne would be a great city to live in.”  He describes the program in Melbourne as “pretty tough and high intensity” but that he “cannot express enough how much I have enjoyed it, both rowing and coaching have been really rewarding.” “All in all it was an amazing few weeks and I have found the Australian way of doing things very impressive and would thoroughly recommend coming out here to anyone who likes rowing.”

Since participating in the Sport Lived program Nash’s rowing has gone from strength to strength.  Following his sport lived program, Nash represented GB at the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in January 2009, winning gold in the pair, four and eight, and was then selected to race in the coxed four at the World U23 Championships in Racice, finishing 9th.

At the 2010 World Rowing U23 Championships in Brest, Belarus, George raced in the mens four, where he won a silver medal. Following this, at the 2011 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials held in April at Eton/Dorney, George was placed 4th in the men's pair with Constantine Louloudis. Then at the 2011 Lucerne World Cup, (also with Constantine Louloudis), George narrowly missed out on a place in the A final of men's pairs, and then won the B final ahead of Germany to achieve a world ranking of 7th.

George and partner Louloudis raced in the men’s pair at the 2011 World Rowing U23 Championships, in which they dominated all of their races, winning gold in the final over 5 seconds ahead of the silver medalists from Russia.

2012 has simply been the icing on the cake in terms of Nash’s career, with a glowing set of titles to add to his rowing career.  During the World Cup series, George raced in a new pairing with Olympic partner Will Satch, in which their compatability and talent was illustrated in their attainment of a silver medal in Belgrade. The cherry on Nash’s rowing career to date was the fantastic bronze medal he achieved in the London Olympics in August. George Nash, we salute you.

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