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Cornwall's toughest gig rowers rise to the challenge against Britain's proven Olympians

Team GB rowers headed for Cornwall

Fresh from beating the world's elite during London 2012, Team GB's Olympic rowers are revving up for yet another epic challenge.

Britain's fulltime, professional Olympic rowers are set to compete against the South West's renowned tough army of gig rowers.

The rowing community divides into the precision masters of technique of the sliding seat world - which is what Team GB rowers use and the brute strength and endurance of the fixed seat crews - which is what the traditional Cornish gig rowers compete in. On September 12th 2012 these two worlds will collide where the Team GB professionals take on the dedicated Cornish amateurs in a series of races turning the calm waters off St Mawes into the ultimate battleground.

The unique event has been devised and organised by Cornish-born Olympic rower Annie Vernon. Great Britain's Olympic rowers - including Newlyn's-own Helen Glover as well as fellow gold medallists Heather Stanning and Sophie Hosking - will take on the South West's finest gig rowers in a battle to decide who reigns supreme on the waters.

"With Cornwall firmly on the world map for producing Gold Medal Olympians in watersports and following on from the resounding success of Cornwall staging day one of the Olympic Torch Relay, we now have a fantastic opportunity for Cornish gig rowers to take up the challenge from the Team GB rowers as the 2012 Olympic year continues to shine a golden light on Cornwall", comments Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, the tourism service for Cornwall Development Company.

Annie Vernon is animated about bringing the challenge to Cornwall "Now that the Olympics are over I'm really excited to bring some of the British Olympic rowers down to Cornwall to take on the county's gig rowers. This is our chance to see which rowers can triumph, and also to show off what's great about our county and one of our most popular sports. I hope as many people as possible can come down to watch the action and get involved."

The challenge will start at 5.00pm with a series of three races starting at 6.00pm, hosted by Roseland Gig Club, in this free to watch challenge, then back on land all-comers can test themselves against the GB's best on rowing machines.

The event is supported by St Austell Brewery, A&P Falmouth Ltd, Seasalt Cornwall and VisitCornwall. For more details about the Cornish Rowing Challenge and information about Cornwall see:

Event organisers have teamed up with the Cornish-based charity Shelterbox, with a collection on the night, whilst the Rising Sun at St Mawes will provide a hog roast and bar.

A Victory Parade by open top bus takes place this Sunday 19th August at 11.00am for Helen Glover through Newlyn and Penzance ,see link for details:

Event organisers are seeking further supporters for the rowing challenge, designed to showcase both Cornwall and gig rowing. For further information please contact or 07796 543946 to benefit from this excellent opportunity for regional and local exposure and association with such a great Cornish sport.