Sponsorship deal floats Jess's boat

International rower Jess Eddie (pictured right) has scooped a double windfall to fuel her ambitions to win a medal in Rio.

Jess, who recently agreed to become a Crewroom Ambassador, will be fully kitted out with our clothing and training kit as she prepares for next year.

And in addition, the talented Northerner has also been awarded a sponsorship deal to help her buy her first boat.

The Putney Exchange shopping centre has generously agreed to contribute several thousand pounds towards Jess's costs.

And her double delight was plain to see when Jess popped into Crewroom this week: "I'm really thrilled with all this support, which is only going to make me train even harder," she said.

Anne Partridge, Putney Exchange Centre manager, said: "Jess is an extremely talented and committed sportswoman and we are delighted to sponsor her and help her realise her ambitions of owning her own boat to enhance her chances of being selected to represent Team GB in Rio."

International rower Jess Eddie (pictured right) has scooped a double windfall to fuel her ambitions to win a medal in Rio. Jess, who recently agreed to become a Crewroom Ambassador, will be fully kitted out with our clothing and training kit as she prepares for next year.

And in addition, the talented Northerner has also been awarded a sponsorship deal to help her buy her first boat. The Putney Exchange shopping centre has generously agreed to contribute several thousand pounds towards Jess's costs.

And her double delight was plain to see when Jess popped into Crewroom this week: "I'm really thrilled with all this support, which is only going to make me train even harder," she said.

Anne Partridge, Putney Exchange Centre manager, said: "Jess is an extremely talented and committed sportswoman and we are delighted to sponsor her and help her realise her ambitions of owning her own boat to enhance her chances of being selected to represent Team GB in Rio."

Jess (pictured above with Crewroom Director and former elite rower Baz Moffat, left) started rowing as an eight-year-old schoolgirl on the River Wear in her native County Durham. And today, she gains some of her inspiration from following a family tradition, in the footsteps of her great grandfather, who was a rower in the late 19th century.

“His name was Watson and I was always told about him when I was a child by my Nana (my grandmother on my mother’s side). It must have been tough for them back then. He used to row on the Tyne and do races there.

"They would race against the gentry. The North-East was one of the places where professional rowing began. Now it's nice to think about him lots of generations later,” says Jess. “Maybe deep down, rowing is in my genes.”