Karen Bennett, far left, will be the rowing ambassador for the European Championships ©Getty Images

Olympic silver medallist Karen Bennett has been unveiled as a rowing ambassador for this year's European Championships in Glasgow.

Bennett, part of the women's eight which claimed silver for Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, will be the ambassador for the European Rowing Championships taking place as part of the new multi-sport event.

The 29-year-old, who also won a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette in France, becomes the latest athlete to partner with the European Championships.

She will help promote the Championships at Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire, where around 600 competitors are expected to participate across 18 medal events.

"It’s excellent that this world first, the European Championships, will combine athletics in Berlin with aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon in Glasgow to create one amazing event this August," said Bennett. 

"I’m immensely proud to be named as the rowing ambassador for Glasgow 2018."

Karen Bennett was a member of the women's eight which claimed the silver medal at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
Karen Bennett was a member of the women's eight which claimed the silver medal at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

Bennett added: “The European Rowing Championships has a rich history and the crowds in Glasgow and Scotland have a long-standing reputation for being fantastic. 

"I have no doubt that the competition and atmosphere at year’s Rowing event at Strathclyde Park will be thrilling for athletes, spectators, and rowing fans.”

The European Championships, scheduled to run from August 2 to 12, will combine continental events across athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, triathlon and golf.

It is hoped that staging the sports all at once for the first time will increase their exposure and stature, with the European Athletics Championships also taking place at the same time in sister city Berlin.

"Karen is part of a large cohort of Scottish rowers on the GB rowing team, and everyone on the team is looking forward to the opportunity to compete on home water this August," said British Rowing chief executive Andy Parkinson. 

"Glasgow 2018 plays a key part in the GB rowing team's preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and we can't wait to hear the roar of a home crowd at Strathclyde Country Park."