Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Henley and Shiplake athletes strike gold for GB

HENLEY Rowing Club juniors and Shiplake College students helped Great Britain to success

HENLEY Rowing Club juniors and Shiplake College students helped Great Britain to success at the Coupe de la Jeunesse held at Lake Malta in Poznan, Poland, last weekend.

Henley’s Lauren Kay and Lottie Orr and Shiplake’s Henry Blois-Brooke and Will Carey helped Great Britain win 15 gold medals, seven silver and two bronze medals. GB were overall winners of the event and won both boys’ and girls’ team prizes.

The Great Britain team travelled out on Tuesday of last week for three days of camp and acclimatisation before racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The event opened on Friday with the girls’ octuple race, where Kay was in the winning GB boat with convincing wins over Italy and the Netherlands for the first gold medal of the championships.

On Saturday and Sunday Kay stroked the girls’ coxless four. Saturday saw a photo finish for second and third place with the photo showing GB just missing out on silver to the Dutch and Spain taking the gold.

On Sunday the four pulled back from third to close on leaders Spain in the last 500m but couldn’t quite get the gold as they settled for silver.

Lottie Orr competed in the double sculls with Danielle Semple from Headington. On both days in heats and finals the GB double put on an impressive display and never looked as though it was going to be caught. In Sunday’s final with 500m to go, they were seven seconds clear of second place Switzerland and were able to enjoy the applause of the crowd at their first international competition as they eased to gold.

Meanwhile Blois-Brooke rowed in the eight and Will Carey in the coxed four, each winning gold in their events on both days.

A delighted Shiplake College headmaster Gregg Davies, who was in Poland to watch the event, said: “This year has been a successful one for Shiplake rowing and having five of the first eight involved in GB trials was the icing on the cake.

“Although Christian Hjortland-Marks and Tim Waller just missed out on selection, Henry and Will, together with Seb Newman, who will represent GB at the junior World Championship at the end of this month, have made me and the whole school community very proud.”

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