Moe Sbihi says Glasgow 2018 is the perfect launchpad for next generation of British rowing superstars
Moe Sbihi believes competing on home water at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships can help prepare Great Britain’s rowers for future glory.The 29-year-old two-time European champion won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games and surpassed that success in Rio last summer when he clinched gold as part of Great Britain’s coxless four crew.
The next major multi-sport event for Britain’s leading rowers will be Glasgow 2018, when the European Rowing Championships are hosted at the world renowned Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire. Click here for a full schedule of events and information on how to purchase tickets.
It’s an event that Sbihi already has his eye on and he believes that the experience of performing as part of a wider sporting spectacle is perfect preparation for Great Britain’s potential champions of the future. He said: “We’re so looking forward to it. Glasgow 2018 won’t be happening at the same time as other events, so to be part of a multi-sport Championships is like a mini-Olympics for us.’’
“For a lot of the young guys it’s going to be the first time at an event like this and that will be very special. To be thrown into that in the deep end at the European Championships will be invaluable experience.”
The Glasgow 2018 European Championships is a brand-new multi-sport event which will see over 3,000 of the continent’s leading athletes from six different sports compete for the crown of European champion. It will be the biggest sporting event staged in Scotland outside of the Commonwealth Games and includes the existing European Championships for Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon along with a new Team Golf Championships at Gleneagles. Glasgow 2018 will undoubtedly offer emerging talents a chance to shine but for established stars like Sbihi – who made his senior international debut 10 years ago – it’s another opportunity to taste victory in front of an enthusiastic home support.
He added: “For the guys who have been to an Olympics, you have that experience and it will be so different, but you know the pressures that you have to go through, the buzz of the competition going on everywhere.’’
“The vibe after London 2012 was always electric, everyone was getting behind the whole country and hopefully we’ll have the same in Glasgow.’’
Next up for Moe and the rest of Great Britain’s rowing team is this weekend’s Rowing World Cup III in Switzerland followed by the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Florida in September.
Tickets for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships are now on sale at glasgow2018.com/tickets starting at £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and over-60s. Rowing prices are from £10 to £30.
A full schedule of Glasgow 2018 events – including Rowing at Strathclyde Country Park - is available here