Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Nottingham City Regatta: Report

Gemma Akers, Victoria Thornley and Lucy Ryvar all represented Minerva Bath Rowing Club last weekend (27th April 2008) at Nottingham City Regatta held at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

With the sun shining, the girls embraced the competitive atmosphere with high energy levels all around, especially as this was Lucy and Victoria's first ever regatta. None the less, they managed to get the ball rolling for the season, as the results show!

First up was the Women's Novice 1x race in which Victoria and Lucy competed against each other and three other rowers representing Cardiff, Derby and Trafford. From the stake bouys at the 1km mark; Attention...GO!

Taking the lead, Victoria in Lane 1 steamed straight through the rest of the scullers and maintained her position to the end of the course-pushing well ahead of the competition the whole way. Aiming for second place behind Victoria but with a poor start, Lucy fought up to joint second place alongside Derby by the first 250m but struggled to fight the opposition off in the sprint to the finish line, disappointed with her result she came a very close third.

Later on in the day and although slightly more experienced than Lucy and Victoria; Gemma was up against a pool of much more experienced rowers, competing two classes higher than her own in the Women's Senior2 1x. Naturally apprehensive, Gemma did not let this hinder her performance as she gained a considerable distance between herself and the rest of the rowers before crossing the finish line in a comfortable first place! All in all a good Sunday on the water- with a lot gained all around.

The girls next races will be at Monmouth Regatta on 25th May 2008 and the Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney on 31st May 2008 and 1st June 2008.

All three athletes are products of the Amateur Rowing Association's World Class Start Scheme sponsored by Siemens a unique talent identification and development scheme. The programme is funded by UK Sport with Lottery money and since 2006 is sponsored by Siemens. The programme at Bath has identified four athletes for Great Britain teams in the past four years including one U23 World Champion and is run by Paul Stannard, Performance Development Coach, GB Rowing. The athletes in Bath train at the University of Bath and at Minerva Bath Rowing Club.

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