Thursday, 14 December 2017

Leander athletes dominate at regatta

LEANDER athletes came away from two days racing at Ghent International Regatta with a total medal haul of 11 gold, seven silver and five bronze, resulting in another win for the Victor Ludorum trophy.

There was also success for Upper Thames in the Belgium regatta as they secured two golds and a silver while Henley Rowing Club picked up two silvers.

Leander’s top honours went to their quad and four who are aiming for success at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.

With an average crew age of just 20, Angus Groom, Sholto Carnegie, Seb Devereux and Jack Beaumont looked particularly impressive in the quad scull, beating more seasoned opposition on both days, and now looking to mount a successful defence of the Prince of Wales title in eight weeks’ time. Beaumont and Groom went on to win the double sculls competition ahead of their quad crew mates in second place on both days. There was also a double win in coxless fours for Kieren Emery, Barney Stentiford, Francis Highton and Stewart Innes, who have switched from sculling to sweep as they aim for the Visitors’ title at Henley.

Leander lightweights also won their fair share of medals, with Nick Buckle and Donald Evans going one better than their pairs win on Saturday by winning the heavyweight division the following day, and there were lightweight singles wins for Sam Motttram and Fran Rawlins.

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