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30th Jun, 2022

ROWING - Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club's junior squad enjoy Junior Sculling Regatta challenge

STRATFORD-upon-Avon Boat Club’s Junior squad faced a busy weekend of rowing in the Junior Sculling Regatta on Dorney Lake.

The club’s J16 squad took on crews from clubs and schools across the UK as well as the South African Schools Rowing Union.

And Charles Happel sculled brilliantly over the 1900 metre time trial to finish seventh out of 13 in his event, missing out on a place in the A final by just 1.5 seconds.

Amalia Richardson, Harriet Noyes, Maddie Hall and Kate Richardson also impressed in their quadruple scull race, securing a seventh place finish out of 21 crews in the time trial.

And Stratford produced a stunning performance in the B final to achieve a second place finish by three quarters of a length as Amalia made the call to push for the finish following a sensational start.

Elsewhere, Charlotte Isbell and Grace Beason acquitted themselves well in the double as they gained a lot from the experience of competing at a high level event.

J16 Coach Sam Hill said: “The J16’s showed great skill and determination this weekend proving they have what it takes to compete with the best!”

Members of the J17 performance squad were also in small boats action at Dorney Lake with the double scull of Tomi Wilcock and Will Beattie finishing seventh, less than three seconds away from a place in the A Final rowing against some of the top clubs from around the country.

Also taking to the water was Toby Sartain in the J17 single sculls who finished 13th with a solid technical performance whilst Freya Watts placed ninth in the WJ17 single sculls in her first race at a national competition.

J17/18 Performance Squad Coach Abi Terry said: “This was a great event to give the squad a real test against some top opposition. Next up is National Schools Regatta at the end of May!”

Stratford’s sister club, King Edward The Sixth School Boat Club, were also rowing at Dorney Lake in the Ball Cup, a competition which KES founded, as they won gold in the quad and a silver in the coxed four events.

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