Monday, 24 September 2018

Hard work pays off for Phyllis Court athletes

Henley’s J13 squad won all of the divisions they entered at Sunday’s Maidenhead junior regatta.

Henley’s J13 squad won all of the divisions they entered at Sunday’s Maidenhead junior regatta.

The boys crews of Nick Spicer, Cameron Jones, Jack Broadbent and Will Properjohn coxed by Joe Zolkwer beat Caires Court School in a straight club level final by three lengths. The beginners level final crew of Bruce Tunell, Benedict Madzar, Lachlan Reid and Anthony Howe coxed by Peter Swift beat Guildford RC by two lengths after being down by half a length midway through the race.

The girls club level quad of Lottie Orr, Georgina Granger-Robinson, Charlotte Moss stroked by Tilly Lock and coxed by Joe Zolkwer beat a strong field from Heading School. Beating their B crew in the first round by half a length they then beating their A crew in the final by two lengths.

The beginners level section was divided into two divisions due to the entry numbers and the crews of Caitlin Copeland, Ella D’Souza, Olivia Simms and Ruby Brown coxed by Joe Edwards beat Great Marlow School by three lengths in the first division with the crew of Eleanor Crook, Rhian Edwards, Hannah Webb and Amelia Fielding Smith coxed by Jack Spiers beat Lady Elanor Holles by four lengths in the second.

The winners were presented with their tankards at the end of the day by the Olympic medalist Sarah Winkless who also presented a cheque for £100 to Henley for being the most successful club of the day

ATHLETES from Phyllis Court Rowing Club made a winning splash at the British Masters Championships last weekend, winning two gold medals and one silver, writes Robert Treharne Jones.

Resurrected by a group of determined local rowers including Joan Bland, Suzanne Roberts and Judith Burne, it has taken 12 years for the club to achieve success, achieving a podium finish in all three of their events.

A total of 720 crews had entered the Masters Championships, held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, where the competition is divided by the average age of each crew as well as by boat class.

Racing over the 1,000m course the squad’s first gold medal was won by Burne and Georgina Jagger, who finished first in the women’s novice E double sculls, in a time of four minutes 14 seconds. The duo then joined forces with Emma Gleave and Mary Bromilow to take second place in the women’s novice C quad sculls later in the afternoon against much longer established clubs such as Monmouth and Chester le Street. The final Phyllis Court success was achieved when sculling double Gleave and Burne rowed to victory in the women’s novice C event.

The athletes are coached by one of their own members — Judith Burne is a former lightweight Commonwealth medallist, and now works as head of PE at Rupert House School.

Speaking after the event, Gleave said: “It’s been an amazing day Judith has been working us really hard to prepare for today and it feels great to reap the benefits of our hard work.”

All four athletes now hope to compete in the Henley Masters Regatta in July and are looking forward to their rowing camp in Seville later in the year.

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