JUNIOR rowers from Stratford Boat Club turned on the style to claim wins at the National Junior Rowing Championships at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.
On day one of this three-day event the club’s J14 group competed in the omnium which tests their skills in small boats. All athletes demonstrated their tremendous skills and there was an outstanding performance from Max Griffiths and Daniel Cox who finished seventh out of 45 crews.
Then followed the coxed quadruple sculling event in which the boys’ crew of Fred Tyler, Sam McClenahan (Evesham), Griffiths and Cox, steered by Katie Wellstead, finished 13th out of 28.
This was an awesome performance recognised by the coach from the prestigious Henley Rowing Club, who were beaten by half a length.
In another outstanding performance the girls’ crew of Alice Baines, Nixie Brunt, Mya Kenny and Jasmine Mountney, coxed by Mili Wilcock, finished in 12th place in a field of 42 crews.
On day two, the older age groups took to the water, competing first in a time trial over 1,500m.
The WJ15 double scull of rowing newcomer Talei Dunn and Khloe Curnock missed their final by only six seconds, which was a great effort at this stage of their rowing careers.
Joseph Hodson, competing in the J15 single sculls, navigated the time trial successfully and finished fourth in the D Final rowed over 2,000m.
The WJ15 coxed quadruple sculling crew of Wellstead, Katie Phillips, Molly Gill-Swift and Jessica Wiesheu, coxed by Mimi Hill, the WJ16 coxed four of Izzie Marsden, Autumn Keil, Lara Davies, Maddie Winsper and cox Matilda Watts and the WJ18 coxless quadruple scull of Sofia Ward, Lauren Willis, Maddie Griffiths and Theo Mordaunt all qualified for the semi-finals.
After some exciting racing on day three, the WJ15s finished in tenth place and both the WJ16s and 18s were seventh in their respective events.
Coach Dr Graham Collier said: “These great results keep the boat club well and truly present on the national stage.”
Also at the weekend but on different water, Kjersti Rogneflaten-Woolley won her women’s masters E category in her single at Bewdley Rowing Club Regatta.