Monday, 18 December 2017

Leander duo selected for World U23s

SEVEN Leander athletes will compete this weekend as members of the GB team at the World U23 Championships in Linz,

SEVEN Leander athletes will compete this weekend as members of the GB team at the World U23 Championships in Linz, Austria.

They include Stewart Innes and Jack Beaumont, who competed at Henley only three weeks ago in the Prince of Wales Cup, where their crew helped retain the trophy for Leander for an unprecedented fourth successive year.

In Austria the two Leander men will join forces with Barnaby Stentiford and Angus Groom, of Durham University, in a quad scull which is being coached by Matt Beechey, the architect of Leander’s success at Henley.

Also back in action after stroking last year’s U23 men’s eight to fourth place in Lithuania is James Edwards, a member of the Leander Ladies’ Plate crew at Henley last year. Edwards moves back to the six seat in this year’s line-up which is being coxed by Rory Copus, whose brother Jamie has been selected for the lightweight men’s double scull. It’s not just the men’s squad with family connections - Oxford Brookes student Yasmin Tredell, who takes her place in the GB women’s eight in Linz, is the sister of Lance, the Leander athlete who stroked the Molesey composite to victory in the Ladies’ Plate at Henley earlier this month.

In the lightweight men’s four Leander’s Tom Marshall teams up with Timothy Richards of Imperial College, Charles Waite-Roberts of West of England University and Oxford Brookes’ Joel Cassells.

Other athletes racing in Leander colours include Henley resident William Hakim, currently studying at Harvard University, who is coxing the GB men’s coxed four. Andy Holmes, also at Harvard, was in the bronze-medal GB four a year ago, and races in the same boat in Austria, putting his experience into play as a world junior gold medallist and three-times previous World U23 medallist.

There’s also local interest from Wallingford’s Brianna Stubbs and Eleanor Piggott, who race the lightweight women’s double scull - the event in which they took fourth place at the World Cup at Eton Dorney last month.

Racing at Linz takes place on a rowing lake adjacent to the River Danube at nearby Ottensheim, which has hosted a number of successful world-class events over the past 20 years.

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