Gwen Bourchier has her fingers crossed for grandson gold

HORSHAM'S Gwen Bourchier is hoping her grandson will become an Olympic medallist today.

Mrs Bourchier's grandson Tom Swann will row in the final of the men's eights tonight.

The crew came second in their heat on Saturday then fourth in the repecharge on Monday to book a spot in the final.

They will be up against Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Germany and the Netherlands.

Swann's parents are in London to support him. Mrs Bourchier said her family was elated.

"A few of us have sent texts to them. I know they are still very excitedly nervous," she said.

"It is great to think Australia is in the final.

"They don't seem to be going quite as fast for the first half but they put the speed on in the last half."

Swann lives with his parents at Mulwala, New South Wales, and trains at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Mrs Bourchier and her late husband Harry lived at Goroke for 50 years before moving to Swan Hill.

Mr Bourchier died three years ago and Mrs Bourchier has only recently moved to Horsham.

She said she would be willing the team on tonight.

"Even if he doesn't get a medal at least he is an Olympian," she said.

"He has put in a lot of hard work to get there.

"It is a fantastic achievement to even get in the final a medal would be the icing on the cake."

The men's eight final is scheduled for 9.30pm Australian time.

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