ALAN Sinclair will make his belated return to the GB Rowing squad after eight months out with injury.
The Inverness rower will be in the eights for the event, held in Sarasota-Branden, USA, at the end of September, alongside Olympic gold medallist Tom Ransley.
A shoulder operation in January has held him out of the boat and he was only named as a reserve for the recent World Cup in Lucerne.
It is an experience Sinclair is not keen on repeating, after his maiden Olympic experience last year ended with a fourth place in the final of the men’s pair.
“It’s been a different season and not something I anticipated,” said Sinclair, a life member at Inverness Rowing Club. “If I’m honest, it’s not something I want to do again.
“I’m pleased I’ve demonstrated enough to (head coach) Jurgen Grobler, through my results before the operation and the fitness parameters since getting back to rowing.
“I went to Lucerne as a spare; Jurgen told me to focus on my own training before getting back into a crew boat that needed to perform.
“I’d like to think myself and Tom (Ransley), as an Olympic gold medallist, can bring experience to the boat that will be beneficial.”
The eight that took gold in Rio last year has been virtually disbanded, with Ransley the only remaining member of the boat.
Sinclair accepts that GB are playing catch-up with the Germans, who set a world-record time on their way to winning the eights at the last World Cup. A new Great Britain crew came last in the final.
“There’s stiff competition at the very top and we’re a nation that’s done very well in the fours and eights over the last four years,” said Sinclair.
“There’ll be a lot of guys that want to show they can perform at the training camps in Silvretta and Portugal. At this stage Jurgen is looking to improve the whole squad and wants the whole squad to succeed. If that brings me a gold medal then I’m happy.”
There is no guarantee it will be the boat he goes to Tokyo 2020 in, however.
“In 2013 the group was very different to the one that went to the Olympics last year,” added Sinclair. “There will be names that become regulars over the next few years and Jurgen won’t pigeon-hole anyone.
“I’m happy with whatever boat gets me to Tokyo and gives me the best chance of a medal.”