Full House for Nottingham Rowing Club juniors!

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013 19:23 Written by Administrator

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Four Nottingham Rowing Club junior rowers wearing GB strip, all from local Comprehensive Schools, returned to Trentside with gold medals having defeated their French counterparts in the annual GB-France match, held on a calm and sunny 1,500m Docklands course.

Rowan Law from West Bridgford School, coached by Claire Parnell, won the J16 single sculls. He was followed by Anna Thornton from Fernwood School, who took the WJ16 title.

Anna has had a very disrupted year following injury at a GB training camp in January. Suring her layoff she kept herself active, but often could not complete work sessions. Finally in July she felt able to race at the GB/France trial, which she won, and much to the delight of her coach Claire Parnell followed this up with gold in Docklands where her sculling was much admired.   

The double scull of Olivia Kay of Rushcliffe School, sponsored by Tracsis, and Kyra Edwards, a 'Start' athlete from the George Spencer School, coached by British Rowing Team's Lauren Fisher, showed the same fast pace which won them the gold at Gent earlier in the year and was also victorious.

Rowan Law with his coach Claire Parnell had a very stressful time last week because he was involved in trials for a place on the GB 'Coupe de la Jeunesse' team to face rowers from across Europe in Lucerne. After many races he moved into London, won the GB-France single sculls then returned to the trials in Nottingham and in a 'Winner Takes All/Last Man Standing' showdown came home three lengths ahead in the final race. Rowan follows in the footsteps of George Caines, Katie Bartlett and Mary Wilson, all members of Nottingham Rowing Club, who have all previously represented GB on the 'Coupe' teams.

Rowan had 16 races in 3 days, won gold in London and was selected for GB in Lucerne. He is sponsored by the Carl Smith Fund, Nottinghamshire County Council's Rising Stars Fund and UK Sports Lottery Fund.

GB were overall winners of the GB/France match with Nottingham Rowing Club winning 2 out of 6 girls' events.

'Both teams were mature and finely prepared', said team Manager CD Riches, 'but the British were able to wield their home advantage to good effect and in front of hundreds of cheering parents and supporters moved away from the French in the closing 500m.'

Nottingham crews now turn their attention to the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont where the Junior National Championships take place on the 20th and 21st of July.