13 Jul 2015

Triple Henley joy for Norwich rowers

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full henley squadNorwich Rowing Club’s annual trip to the Henley Masters regatta was rewarded with three wins and two more semi-final places.  Henley is the pinnacle of the domestic rowing season for Masters rowing with age groups from 30 to beyond 80, and Norwich rowers have an exceptional record at World, European and domestic competitions over recent years.

Pride of place goes to Vigi Audenis who won the prestigious Henley single sculling title, beating Guy Pooley, a very experienced and successful international oarsman. Audenis had a comfortable route to the final, which was very closely fought down the famous Henley reach, before the Norwich sculler won by just half a boat length in one of the fastest times of the day.

Earlier in the day, the experienced quad scull of Robert Conway, Harry Scott, Nigel Kippin, together with Audenis, retained their title for the third year, comprehensively defeating Abingdon.  This win sets them up for the World championships in Belgium in September.

Norwich’s day was capped off with a win for the double scull of Tim Davies and Elliot Lawrence; both athletes are new to this event but were comfortable winners against a London crew.

HenleyTwo Norwich women’s crews also raced successfully. The quad of Carole Thomas, Anita Davies, Karen Gibson and Jeni Barnacle lost the quarter final in the closest race of the regatta by just a few inches to an Australian crew. The double of Jeni and Carole got to the semi final only to be beaten by the eventual winners – Upper Thames.

Norwich Rowing Club is one of the leading rowing clubs in the country, with strength and success from 13 years olds through to Masters. Masters rowing itself is rapidly expanding, because it gives men and women athletes, experienced and beginners, the chance to compete in their age groups.

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