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Last Updated: Friday November 17 2006 18:21 GMT

Philip Clapp - Rowing

Philip Clapp
Sport: Rowing
Born: 22-04-90
Hometown: Beaconsfield, Bucks
Achievements: Represented Great Britain aged only 16 at U18 level in a competition against 12 other European countries and won in one of the toughest events, single sculling.

When did you start?

Philip: I started rowing when I was 11 or 12 when one of my teachers at school suggested that I had a try as I'm quite well built for it.

What's your training like?

Philip: When you first start rowing you get quite a lot of blisters but after a while your hands harden up

We don't just train in the river we use these indoor rowers, mostly it's a good way to perfect your technique though it's no match for going out on the river.

This year I'm hoping to make it into the junior world championship in Beijing. In further years I hope to make it into the junior squad and looking to winning a gold medal in 2012 Olympics.

What's your career highlight so far?

Philip: Last year with the help of my friends and my coach I improved so much that I won the u18 GB trial at the end of the year so I was faster than people two years above me.

What's your advice for people who want to get into the sport?

Philip: The main thing with rowing is to love what you're doing. Every week night you'll find me down the rowing club for about two and a half hours, then I go home and have something to eat and then start on my homework. It's a hard life but I love what I do.

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