Glover says her and Stanning are "avoiding complacency" ahead of World Championship24/07/2015
Olympic champion Helen Glover said she and Heather Stanning will let their rowing do the talking as they look to retain the World Championship title - and qualify for Rio 2016 in the process.
OLYMPIC champion Helen Glover said she and Heather Stanning will let their rowing do the talking as they look to retain the World Championship title - and qualify for Rio 2016 in the process.
As expected, the duo were named in the 66-strong Team GB squad for the competition taking place in Aiguebelette, France, from August 30 to September 6 and will look to win the women's coxless pairs together for the second year in a row.
The regatta will also act as the first chance for crews to seal their place at next year's Olympic Games in Brazil and as defending champions with 27 straight victories together, Glover, from Penzance, admitted there is a lot of pressure on for her and Stanning.
But the 29-year-old told Packet Sport they will not be worried when the championship starts.
Glover said: "All eyes will be on us, but we deal with it by keeping our heads focused on our own game.
"There is an anticipation for me and Heather to win, but that is dangerous territory to start thinking like that, so we don't get too complacent.
"We are coming up against some incredibly good teams in the races, especially New Zealand and the USA boats who will be very strong.
"But neither of us are worried about what other people are saying and instead, we'll let our rowing do the talking."
A total of 129 spaces at Rio are up for grabs during the championship, including 11 in the women's coxless pairs.
"With the Olympic qualification available, it means the early rounds are going to be really competitive as everyone wants a spot," Glover said.
"Obviously me and Heather want to be out in Rio to defend our title, but qualification should take care of itself and our focus remains on going to France and being the best crew out there."
The former Humphrey Davy School pupil said she still visits her home county whenever possible, including a trip after the British trials earlier this year.
Just like all Team GB gold medallists from London 2012, a postbox in Glover's hometown was painted gold, with the pillar on Quay Street chosen.
Having the box there is something which still makes Glover proud, adding she hopes it can inspire others.
Glover said: "Every time I'm home I go and see it and have my picture taken there, although it does get awkward if there are other people around.
"I still get loads of photos sent to me on Twitter from locals and tourists who visit it.
"It is nice to have it in the town as it is acting as a piece of legacy and I hope it shows schoolchildren that you can go and achieve what you want."Back to all