Marlow Junior Girls squad raced at Ghent International Regatta in Belgium last weekend and returned with an impressive medal haul. The regatta has been going for 35 years and attracts an international entry from the UK, France, Belgium and Holland.
Juniors race for times, but in a 5 lane course over 2,000 meters and essentially you have to win your heat to have a chance of winning.
The regatta lasts for two days: Saturday is J18 events, Sunday J16 and J18. MRC competed in 8o, 4-, 2x, 4x and 2- categories.
On Saturday the girls won 4 golds 1 bronze , winning the city of Ghent trophy for most wins beating Pangbourne who had 4 golds
On Sunday the girls raced in 6 events winning 5 and silver in 1.
Girls were pushed hard in races which is good preparation for the National Schools Regatta in a fortnights time. Even over a 2k course there was a photo finish in the pair (2-) race. Conditions were normal - some rain, tailwind, some sun.
Bret King, the Girls Squad coach said "I'm very proud of the girls they raced hard and conducted them selves professionally - and we all liked the pancakes!" He also wanted to thank the parents who supported the trip for their support.
The girls racing were: Heidi Long, Amber Simon, Rosalind Wilson, Tegan Foister, Ercia Holmes, Molly Harding, Anna Smart, Emma Boddy, Ayomi Rajapakse, Caroline deBan, Jodie Wright and Amy Robertson. The coach was Bret King.