BIRO are keen to build on the success of Britain's male rowers. 'We've been very successful at the Olympic Games and World Championships,' the BIRO supremo Brian Armstrong said, 'and we know that our women could equal or even better that.'
The scheme is the brainchild of Jurgen Grobler, chief coach to Britain's men and formerly in charge of the East German women's squad. 'I ran a recruitment programme like this in Germany,' Jurgen revealed, 'and we found some world-class oarswomen.' Jurgen is not fussy about the women's ability with an oar, as long as their physical characteristics are right. 'At this stage,' he said, 'we're looking for all- round strength and fitness and good co-ordination of movement, not expert rowers.' Would-be medallists should telephone 081-741 7580.