THERE was notable success for the Stratford Boat Club junior 15 and junior 16 squads who travelled to the North of England Sprint Championships, which marked the culmination of the regatta season.
Held over 500m at Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club in Greater Manchester, athletes competed against clubs spanning the country from Teesside to Merseyside in a multi-lane format.
Medals were hotly contested throughout the day in perfect conditions as the lake shore was crowded with eager rowing fans.
The first Stratford win of the day was recorded in an all-Stratford final which ended in glory for the women’s junior 16 coxed four crew of Alice Baines, Maggie Page (HLRC), Khloe Curnock, Katie Wellstead and Daniel Cox (coxswain).
This was followed by richly-deserved medals for the junior 15 coxed quadruple scull of Maiya James, Alice Baines, Nixie Brunt, Jasmine Mountney and Naomi Sergeant (cox).
A third and final Stratford win came in the junior 16 double scull event as Joe Hodson and Daniel Cox treated those at the lake to a pulsating sculling performance, winning by a canvas.
The event marked a special day for Stratford junior 16 squad lead coach and former club captain, Dr Graham Collier, who learned to row and competed for Hollingworth Lake as boy.
In the years since, he has coached many winning crews and to see the same repeated at his home club was a superb end to the 2017 regatta season.
Meanwhile, Stratford’s masters squad put in their final practice and training outings ready for their appearance at 2017 World Rowing Masters Regatta in Bled, Slovenia, this week.