Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Henley Rowing Club set to battle it out on four fronts

HENLEY Rowing Club has entered four events at this year’s regatta, one of which will see

HENLEY Rowing Club has entered four events at this year’s regatta, one of which will see them in a composite crew.

Four Henley women will be joining up with Vesta and Lea RC to compete as an eight in the Remenham Cup.

Cat Kay, Alice Bentley, Rachael Alder and cox Rebecca Lister will be rowing with Hinkley, Burnell and Wood from Vesta along with Irving and Lund of Lea.

The boat boasts several women’s regatta finalists and winners, an Oxford half blue and, across all three clubs, wins at Wallingford and Metropolitan regatta.

The senior men are entering a coxless four in the Wyfold Cup. The crew of Matthew Higginson at stroke, Chris Mitchell, Andy Pettican and bowman Stan Admiraal have enjoyed a good build-up to the event racing at Wallingford, Ghent, the Metropolitan, finishing off with a win in the IM1 category at Reading earlier this month. Most of the crew have experience at Henley, with Higginson a finalist from his time at Oxford Brookes University, but for Mitchell it will be his first Henley after taking up rowing less than two years ago.

The small but committed men’s squad has had good support from the senior men’s coaches including Ian Pankhurst, Nigel Reed and more recently Ian Desmond, and is looking forward to growing the squad and continuing to represent the club at domestic and international regattas. The junior women’s quad of Florence Wiggins, Lauren Kay, Clare Pearson and Ella Morgan will be competing in the Diamond Jubilee Cup.

This J16 crew are looking forward to competing against crews from the age group above. They have dominated the J16 age group this year with wins at the junior interregional regatta, Wallingford, the National Schools Regatta, and they also won the junior woman’s quad event at this season’s four’s head. All four girls have taken part in GB junior trials this year.

On the junior boys’ side Henley are entering a quad in the Fawley Cup. The crew will be Harry Farley, Alex Mayer O’Kane, Cameron Jones and Lucas Ovsyannikov, coached by Tony Bailes. The crew has two members returning from injury and Jones is a J15, but hopes are high for qualification.

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