FOLLOWING selection trials several weeks ago, four Stratford Boat Club junior crews represented the West Midlands region at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta at the National Water Sports Centre at Nottingham.
Racing over 1,500m at Holme Pierrepont, Stratford’s athletes put in great performances in the heats and finals.
First to go was Joe Hodson in his single scull in the Junior 15 age group. Following a valiant performance in his heat against strong competition, he finished fifth in his final thanks to a controlled and well managed racing plan.
A crew of girls in the 15 age group competed in the coxed fours event. Although new to sweep rowing (one oar per athlete), Autumn Keil, Molly Gill-Swift, Khloe Curnock and Katie Philips, coxed impeccably by Mimi Hill, qualified on time for the A final.
A superb performance against formidable opposition from Henley Rowing Club, Latymer Upper School and The Becket School was enough to secure fourth place – a tremendous achievement and contribution of points to the West Midlands team.
Equally outstanding was the girls’ coxless four rowing in the Junior 16 category. The WJ16 coxless four comprised of Isobel Marsden, Eleanor Gray, Lara Davies and Madeline Winsper had the most exciting race in their final, overhauling all their opposition to gain seventh place overall in their event.
The outstanding Stratford performance of the day came from Emily Browne in her single scull in the girls’ Junior 15 event.
Having finished fourth fastest in the heats, she put in a blistering performance in the final, only to be pipped close to line.
She won the bronze medal, finishing 1.6 seconds behind the gold medallist.
Stratford coach Dr Graham Collier said: “Once again Stratford Boat Club punched well above its weight, keeping the club’s reputation at the forefront of West Midlands rowing and nationally.”