Junior rowers at Long Distance Trials in Boston

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Sunday, 10 March 2013 17:35 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 09:15

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On a freezing late-February weekend, Nottingham Rowing Club Junior Co-ordinator Claire Parnell took three pupils from local state schools to compete against the top rowing clubs and public schools in the country over 5,000m on the River Witham at Boston, where only two weeks before the senior trials were held.

Olivia Kay from Rushcliffe School (West Bridgford) Jack Smith from Toot Hill School (Bingham), Rowan Law from West Bridgford School and Kyra Edwards from The George Spencer School at Stapleford with her coach Julie Edwards all rowed in arctic conditions and came away with some very good results. All of the youngsters are 16 and trying for places in Team GB 2013.

On the Saturday, amongst the 16-year olds from clubs including Marlow and Leander and schools like Westminster and Windsor,  Olivia Kay came 1st, Kyra Edwards 6th, Jack Smith 4th, while in the older J18 double scull group with a partner from Kings School Ely, Rowan Law was 6th.

On Sunday everyone was in doubles; Olivia and Kyra were 2nd, Jack with a Weybridge sculler came 4th and Rowan moved up a place to 5th in a field of 13, ending a very successful weekend for Nottingham Rowing Club’s athletes and coaches.

Spring Assessments will take place at the National Watersports Centre from 25th to the 29th March 2013.

At the recent highly praised Head of the Trent all the youngsters won trophies and Ade Roberts, a Team GB coach, is to oversee one of Claire Parnell’s training sessions on the river.