22 Jul 2015

JUNIORS – GB Trials & British Championships

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GB Junior Trials

tobyToby Trett first learnt to scull last May having done talent testing earlier that year. He showed quick development so we entered the junior trials system in October. His first ergo didn’t make the cut to race in November but he did a good 5k in December of 17:30 and raced well at Hampton head which meant he was permitted to race in February trials.

He then picked up a post viral infection and we pulled him out of that, so in the end his first and last chance to impress was April regatta, which was in fact his first ever regatta, and he had to race a single! Not phased he finished 15th and was invited to the race off for the last few places at final trials which involves repeated seat racing to pick crews for Worlds and Coupe (Europeans).

He did well enough to have the dubious privilege of seat racing for four days which was physically exhausting, mentally tortuous and an emotional rollercoaster. He worked out he did 32k of flat out race pace over the four days. We made full use of the physiotherapy services when his arm seized up during one of his seat races, recovered well enough to race the quads where he won one seat race, lost one, and drew another. He raced for the single against people that were beating him over winter, and finished 3rd after a close race (see photo of halfway!). He came away without a GB vest this time but having seen how he bounced back he represented himself and our club exceptionally well.

Junior British Championships

silver pairMax took on the J16 single after his double partner Dan got put into the J18 quad. He performed well in the time trial finishing 3rd out of 34 scullers but found his first regatta experience in a single more challenging, finishing 3rd in the B final against more experienced opposition. His aim going into the regatta was to finish top 10 which he achieved and learnt a lot through the process.

The girls pair of Beth and Emily looked like a class act in the semi-final getting to halfway four lengths ahead and cruising to the finish. So they were devastated to have the gold snatched from them on the line in the final by a crew that saved their fastest split for last, leaving Norwich just 0.1 off first place and hopes of England representation dashed. They did however finish a full 25 seconds ahead of a crew that had beaten them at National Schools in May, which shows how far they have progressed as a crew in a few months.

Bronze JuniorsThe J16 girls Hannah and Hattie managed to come away with two medals, after a hesitant start they gained momentum in the double taking a convincing silver medal and storming up on the first placed crew in the last 500m, Cerys and Sasha finished 4th. They all jumped into the quad for the final less than an hour later and in a close finish the crew held on to a bronze medal, ahead of Lea who had just beaten them at Womens Henley earlier in the season.

Last but not least, the boys J18 quad raced their final knowing that all the girls were going home with medals! The crew included three of our Henley crew and J16 Dan Johnston who had progressed significantly in the week and a half he had trained in the boat. Determined to overcome their Henley disappointment the crew attacked regatta racing to go from 5th in time trial to 3rd in the final, dispensing some high quality crews on the way to their bronze.

Katy Knowles

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Level 2 coach RYA2 launch driver Occasional rower/sculler - bi-sweptual.

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