The European Rowing Championship was held in Lucerne, Switzerland this year and I had the honour of being the official photographer of the British Rowing Team. GB were there on force competing in every Olympic boat class. Lucerne is a beautiful medieval city surrounded by large snow covered mountains and a breathtaking venue for a championship.
Switzerland has a special place in my heart for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, my granddad escaped from a German prisoner of war camp in WW2 into Switzerland cycling and hiking. It is fascinating to imagine when looking at the Swiss mountains that my granddad was once up there, sneaking around getting to safety. (It is my dream to follow his journey one day.) Secondly, I photographed my first international wedding here at the start of the month and even though the weather was volatile on the wedding day I captured some great images. Lastly, I competed here as an athlete over a number of years and have had some great memories of epic races.
Great Britain won four medals at the championship including a gold in the Men’s Coxless four, two silvers in the Men’s and the Women’s eights and a bronze in the Mens quad. There were many other outstanding performances throughout the regatta and a very exciting benchmark for the up coming year of international racing.