Mary in the final in Spain

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:57 Written by Administrator

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Nottingham Girls High School pupil and Nottingham Rowing Club sculler Mary Wilson has just returned from Banyoles, which is near Barcelona and was the site of the 1992 Olympic Games rowing regatta.

Mary, who is coached by Claire Parnell and her father Andrew Wilson, after lengthy trials was selected to row for Team GB in the women’s quadruple sculls at the 'Coupe de la Jeunesse', a European competition for top junior rowing talent. In the first A final that was won by Italy, wayward steering and a boatstopping crab put them in 6th place. Determined to improve on the following day they won their heat and came 4th behind Italy, Spain and Holland and in front of Switzerland and Austria. Their time was under 7 min for 2,000m and they were less than a second from the podium

Tom Pattichis, a 'Start' coach from Gloucester, who coached them at a training camp at Henley and in Spain felt that they deserved a medal for the effort that they had put in over the last two weeks.

Andrew Wilson was full of praise for coach Claire Parnell who had looked after Mary since her return from a serious back injury: 'Claire did a great job through a difficult time and helped her achieve what has been a memorable season culminating in a GB vest, a historic entry to Henley Royal Regatta for junior quads and two National Schools' silver medals.'