On Saturday a contingent from each squad traveled to Derby university for the East Midlands heat of the University Indoor Rowing Series. This is run under the BUCS indoors competition, with each region holding an event for its member institutions and awarding medals for the days results. The times from across the country are combined by British Rowing to then award national rankings, medals, and BUCS points. The day is composed of individual ergs over 1km for beginners and 2km for seniors, with separate light and open weight categories at the senior level. A men's and women's 4 person relay is also held over 2km.
We started as we meant to go on with Robert Sandercock of the novice squad winning the first heat of the day and with a time that secured him first place in the beginner men's category. From here the successes kept coming, with convincing wins and battles between members of our club for the medal positions we came away with gold in the beginner men's and women's, lightweight men's and women's, and open weight women's categories, picking up the silver in the open men's and the women's relay. With gold in 6/8 and silver in two of the remaining available events the club sent a strong message to the region, showing our depth as a club and improving on last years results.
Meanwhile in Boston, 5 of our athletes took part in the 1st stage of GB trials for the year. Over two days the 3 lightweight women and 2 lightweight men would complete a 2km test on the ergo before heading to the water for a 5km time trial.
Our erg results were okay with the athletes experiencing this new level of competition for the first time, racing against returning members of the GB squad from the Olympic cycle that has just passed. On the water our girls placed 12th, 17th, and 28th overall, and in the men's 26th, these are truly impressive results from all of them and now we await GB to release the list of those invited to second trials. The club and coaches are hugely proud of them and their attitude in the lead up to this, it is worth mentioning of these 5, 4 of them are fresh to the club this year from junior rowing, and these results are promising for the year to come and the future of the club.
Women's Captain comment: 'I am proud of the level of achievement across all the squads, showing great potential for this year. Not only were the results brilliant, but the support shown by the athletes to one another was great to see.'
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