Saturday, 25 September 2021

VIP treatment for young Slovenian rowers on visit

VIP treatment for young Slovenian rowers on visit
SIX young rowers from Henley’s Slovenian twin town took part in the Town and Visitors’ Regatta.

Ziva Rus and Tjasa Pfajfar of Bled Rowing Club won the J16 double sculls event and received their trophy from Henley Mayor Martin Akehurst.

The three boys and three girls were invited to compete at the regatta in order to strengthen the twinning link between the towns, which was set up last year. The rowers were accompanied by Jernej Slivnik, the Slovenian team manager, Peter Fajfar, president of Bled Rowing Club, and Miha Pirih, coach of the Bled junior squad and a former Olympic rower.

They stayed with host families, including town councillor Stefan Gawrysiak.

The visitors arrived on Thursday last week and were given a fish and chip supper on board the steam launch Consuta before a trip along the regatta course. On Friday, the visitors went sight-seeing in London before an afternoon trip to the River and Rowing Museum and then went to Vikings Rowing Club, based at Shiplake College, to train.

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