Eventful week

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Monday, 21 November 2011 11:28 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2011 12:54

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On Saturday December 19th Nottingham Rowing Club scullers Katie Bartlett and Olivia Duckworth attended Junior GB trials in Boston, Lincs and rowed against 89 other girls looking for places in Team GB over a 5,000m course on the River Witham. Conditions were ideal for competitors as it was cool and the water was flat calm.

Katie, 17, a pupil at Trinity School Aspley coached by Julie Edwards and sponsored by ‘Insideland’, came third just behind two girls she rowed with in a quad at the recent Junior World Championships on Dorney Lake.

Olivia, 15, a pupil at Fernwood School coached by Claire Parnell finished 15th. She was the second fastest J16 sculler despite being one of the youngest; she will proceed with Katie to more trials next Febuary.

On Sunday, in thick fog but flat water, the club Veteran Squad with coach Heidi Dobbs went to York to row over 3,000m of the River Ouse and bring back engraved glass goblets. They won four events: Aidy Leibert took the Intermediate 1 singles title; Bob Griffiths and Alan Crowther rowing in a brand new boat won Vet E double sculls; Paul Williamson, Johnny Austen, Matt Pritchett and Chris Beesley won Vet C coxless fours and Paul Johns, Steve Cuthbert, Dave Wregg and Tony Lorrimer coxed by Jen McCann took the Veteran E/F 4+ title.

Other noteworthy events going on in the fog were: Bob Griffiths fell in and lost his shoes; Ben Dobbs and Matt Pritchett came third in Intermediate Double sculls despite lack of practice; Mike Fay was the seat racing champion; Charlotte Brown helped out with coxing after Tamsin Cottle was injured in a hockey match the day before; Colin Partridge came 4th in Novice sculls in his first race, despite being unable to see where he was going.

The four wins brought the club winter total to 26 as they chase the 2009/10 record of 58. Newark, Boston and more trials are the club’s next targets.