Eddie focused on Olympic trials

Eddie focused on Olympic trials
By Sportsbeat

16/03/2016 at 18:33Updated

British rower Jess Eddie knows she can't afford to leave anything to chance at next week's Olympic trials in Caversham.

Eddie is just one of a number of British rowers currently gearing up for the trials which will be held from March 21-23.

A double Olympian in the women's eight at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, the 31-year-old certainly knows what it takes to come out on top regarding the race for selection.

But with the competition set to be as fierce as ever leading up to Rio, she knows she has little room for error next week.

"The focus right now is purely on selection, that is the big thing weighing on people's minds," she told British Rowing.

"It's pretty intense but it's in our own hands – if we're good enough we'll be in the boat, if we're not we'll miss out. We just have to make ourselves the best we can be.

"The depth is looking really good in the women's team. We are looking very strong and it will be really exciting to see what we can achieve.

"Each Olympic cycle is slightly different but in general I think the sport is just getting more and more professional, more slick.

"The margins are tighter and tighter, and the crews we are racing are getting faster and faster. We just need to put ourselves ahead of the game and at the front of the field.

"We were up there challenging with the eight last year and we've just got to push on from that."

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