Nikki and Yasmin win medals at Commonwealth Rowing Championships


Friday, 22 August 2014 11:27 Written by Administrator


Although rowing is not now part of the Commonwealth Games, since 1986 a Commonwealth Rowing Championship Regatta has been held in the year of the Games, with medals being provided by the Commonwealth Games Federation. 

This year, the rowing took place at Strathclyde Park over 1500 m distance, reduced from the usual international standard distance of 2000 m. Teams were limited to six men and six women, and in quadruple scull racing half the crew had to be lightweight (an average of 57 kg for women).

A total of 14 Nations took part, and at the end of the regatta Scotland topped the medal table with 9 golds, 4 Silvers and 2 bronze medals. England were in second place with 5 golds, 7 silvers and 2 bronzes and Canada were third.

Two Nottingham Rowing Club women were selected for Team England: Nikki Spencer and Yasmin Marks raced in the lightweight double sculls and then made up the lightweight section of the quadruple sculls.

In the lightweight double they came second to Canada and edged out Scotland to take the silver medal. In the quad sculls they won bronze behind Scotland and Canada.

So far this season Nottingham Rowing Club's international representatives have won one gold, three silver, and three bronze medals. Faisan Shah and James Mawby won gold at the Anglo-French match; Katie Bartlett won silver in the World U23 Rowing Championships; Rowan Law won silver in the World Rowing Junior Championships; Nikki Spencer and Yasmin Marks won silver at the Commonwealth Rowing Championship Regatta; Anna Thornton won bronze at the World Rowing Junior Championships; Louise Hart won a bronze in the World University Games and Nikki & Yasmin won bronze in Glasgow.

Hoping to add to this list is Grace Clough, who is due to compete in the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam at the end of August and goes with the enthusiastic support of all at Nottingham Rowing Club.