Henley Rowing Club crews competed successfully in two of the season’s major events for juniors last week.
On Monday on the Henley stretch from Hambleden to the Henley Royal Regatta finish, over 300 crews competed in the National Junior Sculling Head.
Henley Rowing Club crews came away with a silver medal and two bronze medals.
The Henley J15 quad sculls crew consisting J. Casey, G. Whitaker, Alex Spinks, N. Gordon and first-time cox S. Shields won a bronze medal. The boys were denied a silver medal by 0.2 seconds having been forced to move out into the stream to overtake a slower crew that ignored the rules to concede the faster line.
The second crew came in a creditable 21st out of 34 crews. The second bronze came from the girls J16 quad. The crew of Lizzie Blair, Abbie Stephens, Gemma Hall and Florence Lock where looking to repeat their successful win at Hampton Head and at half way in this 3,000 metre race they looked to be on course to do so. In difficult conditions, one of the girls’ forearms seized up and the girls did well to finish, let alone take the bronze medal.
The silver medal came from the club’s WJ14 squad. The squad has built on its autumn successes by competing successfully at Hampton Head where the squad entered 2 WJ14 4X+ crews achieving first and sixth places in a division of 12 crews, the first crew comprising of Mary Arnold as cox, Georgia Roberts as stroke, Jo Unsworth, Olivia Boyce and Hannah Douglas winning by a margin of over 20 seconds.
These individuals were joined by Emily Barrett, Nicole Pownall, Gaby Halloran and Beccy Vizard as the squad entered the WJ14 8X+ class at the National Sculling Head.
In difficult windy conditions and in a division of 16 crews, the crew achieved a very creditable silver medal position behind a strong crew from Headington School, but well ahead of Sir William Perkins School in third place.
Tuesday of last week saw the clubs crews competing at The Schools Head on the Tideway at Putney. Due to strong winds causing rough water on the Barnes Bridge stretch the course was shortened to a start at below Barnes Bridge rather than at Chiswick Bridge.
The girls J16 eight of Jess Gough, Catherine Wilson, Amy Fitzgibbon, Becky Norman, Lizzie Blair, Gemma Hall, Florence Lock, Bryony Stephens and cox Kate Thomas, in their first race came a creditable fifth.
A silver medal was won in the top event for girls fours by Jenny Arnold, Daisy Colsell, Rosie Williamson, Pippa Whittaker and cox Alice Skinner. The girls had been looking to repeat their win at Hampton but were denied this by one of the ARAs world class start crews rowing out of Reading.
The results reflect the hard work and dedication shown by all members of the squad and enables them to look forward to the forthcoming regatta season with confidence.