Marlow Rowing Club's reputation for producing outstanding Junior athletes was further enhanced over the weekend; International trials were held at Boston, Lincolnshire by British Rowing for junior athletes aspiring to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Junior World and European Championships. ALSO SEE the Bucks Free Press article
Racing took place on both the Saturday and Sunday over 5000m. In the Junior Men's competition, Seb Devereux (a student at Chesham Grammar School) triumphed on both days, first in a single scull and then in a double scull where he was partnered by Michael Tymofijiw (representing Sir William Borlase Grammar School). Out of 50 competitors, Josh Kent finished 15th and Charlie Simon 24th in the single scull event on Saturday and then combined to race to 5th position in the double scull on Sunday. In the Junior Women's competition, Abi Armstrong was 12th out of 64 and in the J16 section Heidi Long was 9th and Tegan Foister was 16th from 27. In the double sculls on Sunday, Abi and her crewmate Alessandra French from Eton Excelsior were 4th and Heidi and Tegan were 19th. Both Heidi and Tegan are Junior 15 scullers.
These results follow on from a strong performance by Marlow Juniors at the prestigious Hampton Small Boats Head earlier this month where Seb, Josh and Charlie teamed up with Harry Glenister to race J18 quadruple scull to silver. Underlining Marlow Juniors strength in depth the Junior 15 boys won two events at Hampton in coxed quadruple sculls of Alex Haynes, Fraser Russell, George Buckle, Ed Davis coxed by Tom MacPherson and a second win for Alex Haynes and Fraser Russell in J15 double sculls, and the Junior 15 girls won in an eight, with silver medals in Junior 14 coxed quadruple sculls and Junior 15 double sculls.
Sally Reay, Marlow Rowing Club Captain, described her joy at recent results by the Juniors saying that 'whilst the Club had been through difficult times with the fire last August , the dedication and commitment shown by Marlow Juniors is inspirational for the whole club and shows just what can be achieved in difficult circumstances. We are proud of them all.