Record number of internationals for Nottingham

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Monday, 17 September 2012 12:04 Written by Administrator

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The Olympic Year of 2012 has been a record year for athletes being selected from Nottingham Rowing Club to compete for Team England or Team GB.

Four Junior rowers,coached by Junior Coordinator Claire Parnell and World Class Start coach Julie Edwards, raced in the Anglo-French match at Gravelines in France, the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Banyoles Spain and the World Junior Rowing Championships in Plovdiv Bulgaria.

Four men and six women coached by Dez Atkins, Dan Johnson and Julie Edwards were part of the English team that raced in the Home International in Cardiff Bay.

Pippa Whittaker, National Women’s sculling Champion coached by Dez Atkins has just returned from the World Universities Rowing Championships which were held in difficult weather conditions in Kazan on a new course 500 miles east of Moscow. These Championships are regarded as showcasing the stars of the future and Pippa came sixth in the ‘A’ final of double sculls.

Matt Gotrel, who has recently won the Wyfold Fours at Henley Royal Regatta and is part of the World Class Start programme based at Holme Pierrepont and coached by Julie Edwards and Dan Johnson, is the first man to be selected from the Nottingham Rowing Club to row for Team GB. He rowed in the GB Men’s eight at the European Championships in Varese in Northern Italy. The Europeans has become a traditional ‘baptism’ at a top level championship for new GB rowers aspiring to gain selection to the senior squads and this is their first opportunity in the Rio 2014 cycle, with the long selection process soon to start for the 2013 World Championships in Korea next summer.

Rowing in excellent conditions, Matt and the eight made it to the final via the repechage, eliminating Russia on the way. In a very close race GB were fifth in the 'A' final behind Poland and Italy. Many of the competitors in European teams were at the Olympics on Dorney Lake in August.

Monica Relph and Vicky Meyer-Laker, two former members of Nottingham Rowing Club who have now moved to Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames, were in the GB Women’s eight that took bronze behind Romania and Italy.

The Team’s results were the best ever in this event and bode well for the future of GB rowing.