Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Record entry for women?s regatta

THE best of British elite, academic and club female athletes will be among the 426 crews that will battle it out at this year?s three-day Henley Women?s Regatta which gets under way tomorrow (Friday)

THE best of British elite, academic and club female athletes will be among the 426 crews that will battle it out at this year?s three-day Henley Women?s Regatta which gets under way today (Friday).

The number of entries is up 53 on last year?s record number with the regatta?s largest overseas entry comprising crews from the USA, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Australia and New Zealand as well as the regatta?s first entrant from Israel.

Leander, Upper Thames and Henley Rowing Club are all well represented.

With many of their National School J16 gold medallists racing, Henley will be aiming to increase their medal haul, having won two at last year?s event.

The Leander elite eights containing a number of GB U23s will be racing in the same event as USA crews from Cornell, Stanford and Brown Universities, Imperial College London and Oxford University Women?s BC. Oxford have just two changes to this year?s winning Tideway Boat Race 2015 crew, with Caryn Davies, twice USA Olympic gold medallist, still at stroke.

Leander also have two crews in the elite coxless fours, with Debbie Flood in the boat of a an experienced crew. Flood will also be racing in the elite double sculls. Upper Thames has some established names in the senior double sculls.

Racing gets underway today at 9.30am until 4.50pm, tomorrow (Saturday) from 8am until 6.15pm and on Sunday from 9am until 4.40pm.

The prize giving ceremony will see trophies presented by five times world champion and 2012 LTA mixed coxed fours gold medalist Naomi Riches MBE and GB top coach Ron Needs.


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