Tom Marshall stroking the GB crew to a bronze in the 2012 World Championships
Old Salopian Tom Marshall (SH 2007-2012) has been selected as one of 20 upcoming GB rowers to join 1700 athletes from 30 different countries competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January.
The GB crews will race across 12 events with each rower racing in three different events at the five-day festival of elite youth sport which runs from 16-20 January. Tom has been selected to row in the Sculls, Four and Eight events.
The festival, held every four years at Sydney Olympic venues across 17 sports, including rowing, has seen past winners go on to become Olympic Champions, including the London 2012 gold medallist Kat Copeland, who raced for GB at the 2009 Festival, who won a gold in the women's quadruple scull, a bronze medal in the lightweight double scull and finished fourth in the eight.
Tom shot to prominence in his last year here when he won 1st place in the GB sculling trials in November 2011. Not only was this a fantastic achievement in itself, but at that time he had paddled only 3 times in the single (special thanks to Mrs Weston for the kind use of her boat! ) and he won by 14 seconds against the UK's best scullers, so it was a truly astonishing one that took everyone by surprise - not least Tom himself and his coaches!
In August, Tom competed in the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria, in which he stroked the GB Junior eight to a bronze medal in the Final.
Tom has offers of places at Princeton and Harvard Universities, starting in September 2013, and is deciding which one to take up.