Guin Batten, working on ‘athlete support’ at the rowing course writes..

Guin Batten, former Olympic Silver medallist, is out in Beijing working for FISA.  She has sent us an update on her job and the current weather that has caused the racing to be delayed.

Dear all
I am out in Beijing at the moment with FISA and it is looking like we might have to delay racing as a rather large thunder storm has just passed. I was helping 3 BBC men hang onto a tent to stop it blowing away; I hope the cameras will still work?

My role out in Shunyi is as athletes representative – I have a bit of a free remit but tend to focus into any issues that matter enormously to athletes. These are primarily – fairness, food and transport. Here at Shunyi, weed has been a challenge for the organizers and I have quite a few hours each day supporting the volunteers to make sure the course is clear by the start of racing.

During racing I normally spend a few races down at the start and then ride with the observer umpire who is monitoring the camera catamarans that are following the races to make sure they to do not wash down the crews near the back.
The rest of time I am eyes and ears in the boating area to listen to the concerns of the athletes.

 Take care Guin

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