Off to a winning start


Wednesday, 25 April 2012 08:33 Written by Administrator


Leicester Regatta is held over a 700m stretch of the mile straight on the Grand Union Canal in Leicester. The sprint distance and tight width made for close and exciting racing.

As ever, the club junior squad coached by Claire Parnell led the way and brought back 8 trophies. 14 year old Anna Thornton from Fernwood School won Women’s J 15 and Open Novice sculls, Olivia Duckworth, also from Fernwood took the Women’s J 16 title, Mary Wilson a pupil at Nottingham Girls' High won Women’s Intermediate 2 Sculls, Faisan Shah (Farnborough School) won J14 double Sculls with a Peterborough colleague, Connor Gamble from Dayncourt School, Radcliffe-on-Trent won J16 sculls and teamed up with Dominic Parnell, Grove School Balderton, to take the J16 double scull trophy. Dominic also won Intermediate 2 sculls.

World Class Start coach Julie Edwards, sponsored by Siemens, had success with Lee Holland winning Novice Sculls, Chris Baker won Intermediate 3 sculls and Ed Fisher, Lee Holland, Dominic Harrison and Declan Gamble took the Intermediate 2 Quadruple Sculls title. The Quad is also coached by Martin Kay.

Commenting on the excellent start to the 2012 campaign Club President Keith Atkinson said ‘To be in double figures after the first day of the season reflects well on the athletes and their coaches who have clearly prepared thoroughly over the winter and set the scene for an outstanding season. The winter produced a record 63 wins, the summer target is a minimum 100 trophies and that will bring us up to 1,000 wins since the club was formed in 2006 when the Boat Club and Britannia merged.’