TWO Upper Thames rowers have returned from the World Masters Championships held on Copenhagen’s Lake
TWO Upper Thames rowers have returned from the World Masters Championships held on Copenhagen’s Lake Bagsvaerd in Denmark with two gold medals each.
Racing in the masters G category for athletes aged 65 to 69, Jeremy Dobbin and Clive Cooper triumphed in the pairs event where they defeated their opponents by four lengths.
Dobbin, who took up rowing 13 years ago and Cooper, who is also a coach at Leander, then teamed up with rowers from Bedford Rowing Club to win the Masters G eights event by four lengths ahead of Japan, Norway, Holland and Denmark.
Elsewhere the autumn sculling head season started well for Upper Thames with four wins at Wallingford long distance sculls on Saturday.
Tom Hope won elite singles by the close margin of 0.8 seconds. He picked up penalty points along the way for steering violations but luckily the second place finisher from Griffin Boat Club was penalised for the same offence.
Mark Shimmin rowed well in both morning and afternoon divisions to win both Masters D and E singles by comfortable margins against strong opposition.
In women’s Intermediate 2 singles Mary Merritt-Smith won by 22 seconds and was the seventh fastest female sculler on the day. This was Merritt-Smith’s first race for Upper Thames having just moved from Maidenhead Rowing Club. Tim Lincoln, in Masters I, put in a fast time beating many much younger scullers but as he was the only competitor in his age group, no prize was awarded.