Bateman on year's break from rowing
TORQUAY rower Marcus Bateman has revealed he is taking a break from international racing to focus on his growing family.
Bateman is due to be a father for the first time in the New Year, with his partner expecting a baby boy.
Having narrowly missed out on a place in the Team GB squad for the London Olympics, Bateman admitted he is now at a crossroads with his rowing career.
The 30-year-old was one of two reserves for the GB squad competing at Eton-Dorney – despite having helped the men's eight boat to silver and bronze world cup medals in the build-up to the Olympic regatta.
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Bateman's hard has been recognised with his nomination for the Torbay Sports Awards, as he has been shortlisted for the Senior Sports Personality of the Year 2012 category.
But he said his goal of becoming a first-choice athlete for GB Rowing has taken a backseat for now.
Bateman is still planning on rowing for Henley at club level, but said international rowing would mean leaving the country for a large part of the year.
"The first World Cup would be in Australia, so I would be out of the country for most of the year.
"This way I can really focus on family and look at what I'm going to do post-rowing."
Bateman is already two months into an internship with London-based asset management firm Henderson Global Investors,
"I'm very good with numbers and that's what I want to deal with day-in, day-out.
"I had an interview straight after the Olympics so it was a complete turnaround. I'm going to take it from there really."
He added: "It's totally different from rowing because you don't get any weekends, you don't know what day of the week it is, you just turn up and put your body through the stresses and strains of training, and then go home and collapse.
"I'm trying to stay fit but when you are working 9-5, it's trying to keep the motivation going to go out and train in the dark."
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