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No 2012 Olympic Games spare role for rower Paul Mattick

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: June 30, 2012

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Paul Mattick says he is still in full training, despite missing out on a place as the lightweight reserve for the London Olympics.

The Leigh-on-Mendip rower was overlooked for the spare slot in favour of Adam Freeman-Pask, who he partnered to two World Cup gold medals this season.

Mattick initially tweeted that he had retired from international rowing but quickly clarified that he would still be ready to be called upon if required.

The 34-year-old, who competed at the Beijing Olympics and has won several World Cup and World Championship medals, says that the high standard of the team this season made it much harder to earn selection.

"It shows how high the standard of the team is that someone of my calibre has missed out," he said.

"I found out the spare slot was going to Adam and I was pretty disappointed with that. I thought that I was in with a good shout after my performances over the past few years.

"I'm still training and if there is still any opportunity then I would love to be involved but it's looking less and less likely.

"There are other things to life than rowing. I'm getting married at the end of the year and I'm just looking forward to seeing what comes next."

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