Eleven trophies for Nottingham Rowing Club

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Monday, 12 December 2011 22:19 Written by Administrator

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Nottingham Rowing Club crews were in London, Hampton and Newark on the weekend of 3rd/4th December and returned with eleven wins, which boosted their winter total to 38 chasing the club record of 58 set in 2009/10.

In London rowing over a 4.25mile course from Mortlake to Putney against over 500 scullers, Anthony Jackson came 73rd and was third in the Íntermediate 1 competition, a very creditable result. Sarah Padbury was 418th and came 7th in the Lightweight Women's Intermediate 2 event, Lucy Mason from West Bridgford School was 394th and 8th in Intermediate 3 Women.

In Hampton ,suffering from low water on the Thames after such a dry spell and competing against the pick of the public schools and serious rowing clubs, a small junior squad with coach Claire Parnell won five medals, two gold, two silver and a bronze. Olivia Kay, Rushcliffe School, won Women’s J15 sculls and was faster than many older competitors, she  then teamed up with Anna Thornton from Fernwood school and won WJ15 double sculls - they were faster than the WJ16’s and 18’s! Olivia Duckworth, Fernwood School, won silver in WJ16 sculls and then with Mary Wilson from the Girls' High School won silver in the WJ18 double sculls. Rowan Law, West Bridgford School, won bronze in the J15 sculls.

At a wet and windy Newark the Women’s Intermediate 2 coxed fours was won by Cassie White, Heather Wesson, Lou Townrow, Netty Cox and cox Ashley Hewitt. Lou and Heather were then joined by Sarah Royles and Zara Muirhead-Smith and coxed by Jo Dodgson and won Masters A coxed fours. Both crews are coached by Helen Bloor. Dave Sperry won both Masters C and Intermediate 3 sculls, a well deserved afternoon after weeks of hard training. John Dainty won Novice sculls. Coach Clive Fletcher’s Intermediate 3 coxed four of Colin Partridge, Toby Powell, John Okon and Ollie Bailey coxed by Laura Shelton-Smith then won their event.