Andrew Triggs Hodge named honorary captain of Carnegie Rowing Club
A world champion who won Gold at both the Beijing and London Olympic Games, Yorkshire-born Andrew was presented with his Carnegie club kit by Leeds Met Physiotherapy student Laura at Great Britain's rowing base in Eton Dorney.
Twenty-year-old Laura set up the rowing club last year with fellow undergraduate Nick Musson, 21, who is studying Sports Marketing and Public Relations. The pair are both now embarking on the third and final year of their degrees.
Laura said: "We could not be more thrilled to have Andy Hodge as our honorary captain at the Carnegie Rowing Club. I met Andy and some other Olympic rowers a few years ago and have always stayed in touch. When Nick and I set up the club last year, Andy seemed like the perfect choice to represent us and when he agreed to take on the role we were and still are beyond delighted.
"Andy is an inspiration to so many aspiring rowers, what he has achieved in his sporting career is what most of us can only dream about. What's more, he was genuinely happy and humbled when I asked him to be involved. Promoting and inspiring rowing throughout Yorkshire is something he is passionate about dedicating his time to."
Since launching 12 months ago, Carnegie Rowing Club has gained more than 20 members who compete at regattas across the country. The club shares facilities with Leeds Rowing Club at Roundhay Park.
"Rowing is my life and my passion," said Laura, who also coaches at Leeds Rowing Club and at para-rowing development camps in London. "I have been rowing since I was 13 years old. It's one of those sports that with the right amount of dedication, I think everyone can do it. You don't have to be good at sports generally to be able to do rowing and I'd love to see more students at Leeds Met come and give the Carnegie Rowing Club a go in this new academic year."
Any Leeds Met students interested in joining the club, or trialing the sport, should email firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with @leedscarnegiebc on twitter.