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May 08

George Nash and Will Satch

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of meeting Olympic bronze medalists George Nash and Will Satch. Along with a photoshoot we asked them a bit about themselves, learn more about the pair here…   George Nash

 

When did you first start rowing?

I first started rowing in 2002 when I was a 13 year old schoolboy on a little river that runs through Winchester.

What/who inspired you to start rowing?

Steve Redgrave was a huge public figure after winning his fifth Olympic Gold in 2000 and I remember watching his race and thinking, ‘that doesn’t look that hard.’ At the time I didn’t live anywhere near a river, but two years later I was lucky enough to go to a school which was built right next to a river which was just big enough to row on. It looked like a lot of fun to me so I gave it a go and never looked back. Little did I know that to make it look as easy as Steve Redgrave you have to put in some serious hard yards!

What is your greatest achievement?

In 2012 I won an Olympic Bronze medal on Dorney Lake with Will Satch. For me that was the realisation of a dream that began in the stubborn head of a 16 year old kid in 2005 when London won the Olympic bid. The Olympic stage is absolutely massive compared to anything else in rowing. Coming away with a medal and standing on that podium alongside an old mate was pretty special.

Do you have any pre race rituals?

In rowing you have about 40 mins on the water to warm up before you race. On our team that time is pretty ritualistic. It’s always the same routine. Just going through exactly the same warm up every time gradually gets me into the right frame of mind to put my body through absolute hell for six minutes of flat out racing.

What was the best advise you were ever given?

Our coach, Jurgen Grobler, occasionally comes out with absolute pearls that apply to all aspects of life and not just to rowing. One particular motivational pearl he came out with in a meeting when I first joined the national team stuck with me. He said that he’d seen a lot of talented athletes come and go in his forty years of coaching at an Olympic level. Almost all of them can train hard for a day. Most of them can train hard for a month and some of them for a year. But the few that can string those hard days together for four years or even eight years; they are rare but they will be the ones that turn out to be Olympic champions. For me that simplified a lot of things: Work hard, commit to the long game and maybe one day I could be one of those guys.

What advice would you give to someone just starting a sport?

When you’re just starting out a sport it’s got to be about having fun. A sport like rowing is inherently pretty gruelling. It takes a month or so to build up the basic fitness and coordination needed to give it a proper chance. My advice is that whatever sport you choose to do, give it a good go. If after a couple of months you figure out that you’re not enjoying it then try something new. There’s a sport out there for everyone.

What are you currently working towards?

At the moment my big goal is to win gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. To qualify for Rio you have to come in the top 5 boats in my event (the eight) at the World Championships in September so in the short term I’m working towards that. At the end of May we kick off our racing season with the European Championships in Poland. Recently we’ve been putting in some hard yards to get ourselves in good shape for the Euros and after a long winter in the gym I’m gagging to get onto the start line.

Will Satch

When did you first start rowing?

I was around 11 when I first started rowing, so in 2000.

What/who inspired you to start rowing?

I wasn’t really inspired by anyone in particular. I played rugby for Henley since I was a sprog. A coach was getting his son to give it a go, so I tagged along, the problem was that I got the bug and couldn’t get enough of it!

What is your greatest achievement?

Olympic Bronze at London 2012.

Do you have any pre-race rituals?

Nah not really, I don’t like to believe in superstition because I know I have an addictive personality and it could end up wasting a lot of time. Good sleep and food is key, and to believe in the training you’ve done.

What was the best advise you were ever given? 

“Every stroke counts”

And just general Belief! Confidence is key in a sport where we train a lot more than compete, it’s easy to let your nerves get the better of you when the pressure is on.

What advice would you give to someone just starting a sport?

Just try and enjoy the raw sport for what it is.

What are you currently working towards?

I’m currently working towards Olympic Gold in Rio 2016.

Here you can see the guys in our Westbury Sport suede chukka boots.

. And here they are looking a bit more formal in our Finsbury black toe capped shoes.

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It was great to meet the guys and we wish them all the luck in their up and coming races, especially the Olympics in Rio next year! #keepbelieving