GB-France trials


Tuesday, 26 June 2012 08:09 Written by Administrator


Following on from their medal winning spree at National Schools' three weeks ago, members of the junior squad, coached by Claire Parnell, returned to Holme Pierrepont to trial for selection for the British team competing in the GB-France 2012 Regatta in Gravelines, France in July.

A crosswind on the day meant that the planned regatta style trial was changed to a time trial over 1500m of the course.

Olivia Kay (15), who won gold in WJ15 1x and Silver in CHG 4x at Nat Schools, was selected to represent Great Britain in the girls single sculls after winning her event.

Rowan Law (15), who won gold in J15 1x and silver in J16 1x at Nat Schools, finished in 3rd place in the boys single sculls trials but received the selection for reserve junior sculler after one of the competitors withdrew from the event.

Both athletes are rowing up a year for this event and so have produced excellent performances when it mattered at a very young age. Rowan especially, finished only two seconds behind a sculler who is in the final trials process and competed at the World Championships in 2011. The athletes are pictured above with the medals and trophies from National Schools.

Two other crews from the junior team also competed for places on the day. A very close event turned out to be the boys double sculls with Dominic Parnell and Connor Gamble. They finished in second place, by 1 second, behind Walton Rowing Club. The Nottingham boys were offered a re-row but could not improve on their performance. It was still an impressive performance which showed improvement from their performance at Nat Schools. Olivia Duckworth and Anna Thornton competed for the girls double sculls place but came up against a very smooth crew from Bedford and eventually finished in 5th place.

Olivia Kay and Rowan Law pictured with trophies at the National Schools' Regatta