A rowing starlet has spoken of her pride at securing her first U23 Great Britain call-up for a major international competition.
And talented Sam Courty is determined to seize the opportunity with both hands, as she aims to build towards fulfilling her ultimate dream of competing at the 2016 Olympics.
The South Charlton lass will represent GB in the women’s eight at the U23 World Rowing Championships.
The prestigious competition is being staged in Varese, Italy, from Tuesday to Sunday, July 27.
“I am delighted to be called up,” said 21-year-old Sam.
“It has been a long process. The trials started in November, so it is nice to be rewarded for all my hard work.”
It may be Sam’s first U23 call-up for Great Britain, but the competitive University of Bath student wants to make an impact at the event.
She said: “Last year the women’s eight took silver, so I really hope we can match that or go one better. Fingers crossed that we can have a good championships.”
Sam has been attending the U23 camp in Caversham, Berkshire, and is set to fly out to Italy on Sunday.
While the championships represent her first U23 call-up, it is not the first time that Sam has represented Great Britain. Earlier this year, she made her senior GB Rowing Team debut the Windermere Cup, in Seattle, USA.
The women’s eight suffered a close-fought defeat against the University of Washington women’s crew.
Sam’s rise in the sport has been rapid, taking it up less than three years ago.
But the ambitious former Duchess’s Community High School pupil is keen to progress in the sport.
“Next year I hope to get another U23 call-up and the year after that is the Olympics in Brazil. That is the main aim.”