Friday, 20 July 2018

Henley’s senior and junior athletes secure gold medals

HENLEY Rowing Club achieved a good set of results in both senior and junior categories at

HENLEY Rowing Club achieved a good set of results in both senior and junior categories at two regattas.

Across two weekends its junior squads won eight golds and five silvers at the National Schools’ Regatta. Last weekend the club’s senior men had success at the Metropolitan Regatta.

At the schools’ regatta at Dorney Lake the J14 girls A coxed quad crew of Georgia Brown, Freya Jonsson, Amber Weller, Hazel Drury and cox Ella Shute beat 35 other crews to win gold by a huge two lengths margin in the final.

The B crew of Jessica Roberts, Phoebe Snowden, Hanna Hills, Natalie Cooper and Freya Reid continued to add to the medal tally, winning their final by 100m, on only their first outing in this crew formation.

These wins were followed by a further four golds and three silvers from the WJ15 and WJ16 girls’ squads.

The J14 boys A coxed quad of James Swinburn, Euan Turnell, Grant Taylor, Alex Carr and Charles Washbourn took silver as they powered through from third position in the final 250m while the B crew of Sam Beattie, Ed Roy, David Rechner, Charlie Garnham and James Penrose dominated their races providing more golds for the club.

The J16 B coxless quad consisting of Jack Spiers, Tom Crook, Henry Peter and Lachlan Reid took silver despite three of the crew competing a year above their actual age. At the Junior Sculling Regatta at Dorney Henley secured a further eight golds, five silvers and a bronze.

At the Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney Lake last weekend the senior men’s coxless four triumphed two days running.

The crew of Francis Hight, Ben Crouch, Sam Agass and Dave Lambourn came through a tough heat to make the six boat final, where with a perfectly executed race, they took gold with clear water over their opposition. On Sunday the four moved up to the top category and won the elite event, again with clear water win.

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