North Somerset olympian gunning for gold medal

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 August 2012 | UPDATED: 17:05 07 August 2012

Stephen Rowbotham Photo: Peter Spurrier/GB Rowing

Stephen Rowbotham Photo: Peter Spurrier/GB Rowing

Peter Spurrier/GB Rowing

A ROWER from North Somerset will be going for gold when he competes in the Olympic Games today (Fri).

Stephen Rowbotham, who grew up in Winscombe, will be part of the team aiming to win a gold medal in the quadruples sculls final at 11.30am today.

The 30-year-old is competing for his second Olympic medal, having won a bronze medal in the double sculls at the 2008 games in Beijing.

Mr Rowbotham was born in Swindon but grew up in Winscombe, before attending Durham University.

Alongside teammates Matthew Wells, Charles Cousins and Tom Solesbury he will hope to emulate the success of fellow rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who won Team GB’s first gold medal on Wednesday in the women’s pairs.

The foursome have already made history though, becoming the first British quad to make it to an Olympic final.

Speaking ahead of the final, he said: “We knew that we had this in us.

“When everyone starts level on the start line today, anything can happen”.

Standing in their way will be teams from Croatia, Australia, Germany, Estonia and Poland, who complete the final line-up.

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