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GB rower Sam Townsend hopes to stay injury-free

(L-R) Sam Townsend, William Lucas, Marcus Bateman and Charles Cousins
Townsend (left) missed the last World Championships due to illness

Reading-born rower Sam Townsend hopes to remain injury-free ahead of the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand next month.

Townsend, 24, was forced to withdraw from the World Championships in 2009 when he, along with three of his team-mates, contracted the mumps.

"Things can change quickly, the injury stopped the Championships for us," he told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"Fingers crossed everything will be good this time."

He added: "We're all feeling good, we've just returned from a camp in Italy which went well.

"We've got high hopes in our boat, I'm hoping we can push on and look for a medal."

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