Alice_Denyer_on the podium at the_Coupe_de_la_JunesseAlice Denyer won the gold medal in women's single sculls on the Sunday of the Coupe de la Jeunesse in a time of 8 minutes 4 seconds. The day before she had got bronze in the same event at the Hazewinkle lake in Belgium in a time of 8 minutes 12 seconds. This is a tremendous result and the club is very proud of her achievements, both in Belgium and throughout her impressive year.

 

The year started well for Alice when, in February, she was second in the long distance GB junior trials in a field of 90 girls. On the second day of trials Alice was second in a double with Gemma Hall (Henley). As a result of that she was invited to the Great Britain junior spring assessment at Caversham where she came second overall in seat racing.

 

Alice together with Gemma Hall (Henley), Hannah Paterson (Llandaff) and Charlotte Cook (BMS) were selected as composite quad to go to to Belgium for the International regatta at Ghent. Against some very strong competition from Belgian and French crews - including the French crew expected to go to the junior world championships, Alice and her crew won won gold on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Alice also won gold on both Saturday and Sunday in her single. To achieve a high placing in one event is impressive but to achieve gold in two disciplines is outstanding.

Back in the UK Alice competed at Wallingford regatta at Dorney. Dorney will be the site for the 2012 Olympics and Wallingford is traditionally one of the main regattas in the run up to the key Henley regattas (Henley Women's and Henley Royal). In strong windy conditions the single races were restricted to heats that were then treated as time trials. Alice won her heat and the overall time trial for the Women's U18 single scull with a margin of 8 seconds (which represents several boat lengths and a comfortable margin) over the second fastest.

On Saturday at Poplar Regatta Alice won her single race by a length recovering from being one length down over the last 500 meters in strong blustery headwind that made sculling difficult over the fits 1000 meters.

Then at Metropolitan Regatta - the next major pre-Henley regatta, also held at Dorney Lake, Alice collected the WIM1 4x gold medal (i.e. an adults event in a high category) and the Women's Doubles gold.

Armed with this confidence Alice and her crew took gold at Henley Women's Regatta in the WJ18 quad, setting a course record in the process. From there she moved on to the National Championships at Strathclyde Park and competing alone in her single again took the silver medal position, having again set a course record (unfortunately in the first heat, not the final!)

 She was then selected as the junior captain of the Welsh team for the Home International in Cork, and again produced an assured performance to collect Women's J18 gold in her single and the silver with her crew in the WJ18 quad.

 This has been a great season for Alice who has moved from one victory to another in domestic and international competition. The Club is delighted to be able to report such good results and congratulates Alice and her coach of the last 7 years, Brett King.

 

Seperately, Alice, Michele and Philip would like to thank every one at the club for all the hard work and support that made this achievement possible.