Helen Glover takes a huge step on her way to Tokyo after being selected for the European championships

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Helen Glover takes a huge step on her way to Tokyo after being named in the British rowing squad for the European championships

  • Glover on track to complete her incredible Olympic comeback mission
  • She will row at the European Championships next week with Polly Swann in the pair
  • The mother of three didn’t announce her return to competitive action until January

Helen Glover has taken a huge step towards completing her incredible Olympic comeback mission after being selected to the Great Britain rowing team for the European Championships.

The mother of three did not announce her return to competitive action until January, after taking time off to start a family after her second Olympic gold medal in 2016.

She is now on track for this summer’s Tokyo Games after being selected to row with Polly Swann in the pair at next week’s Europeans in Varese, Italy.

Helen Glover has taken a big step towards completing her Olympic comeback mission

Helen Glover has taken a big step towards completing her Olympic comeback mission

“I am now three months back and being selected is the first step to becoming the first woman in British rowing history to make an Olympic team after having children,” said the 34-year-old.

“I find the journey exciting and challenging, but I hope to return from Varese with some success stories to share with the children.”

Glover and Heather Stanning took Team GB’s first London 2012 gold and then repeated their success in the women’s pair in Rio. Glover gave birth to son Logan in July 2018, before having twins, Kit and Bo, a boy and a girl in January 2020.

She wouldn’t have tried for Tokyo had the Games not been postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But her return has bolstered the British rowers, with male colleague Moe Sbihi commenting that ‘hanging around her is like signing Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi’.

The mother of three didn't announce her return to competitive action until January

The mother of three didn't announce her return to competitive action until January

The mother of three didn’t announce her return to competitive action until January

Glover and Swann took gold at the World Championships in 2013. They are likely to row together in Tokyo unless they fail in Varese, Britain’s first international event since the 2019 World Championships.

Leading up to next week’s race, British Rowing’s Brendan Purcell said: ‘It has been 20 months since we competed in an international regatta and the whole squad can’t wait to race again.

‘When we got home from the World Cup in September 2019, we had no idea of ​​the challenges ahead.

‘I am incredibly proud of every member of the team, from the athletes to the coaching staff. They have worked tirelessly during this time to maintain their fitness and work to regain their safety and competitiveness. ‘

Team GB topped the medal table at the Rio Olympics, winning three gold and two silver.

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