Four of the Bath World Class Training group represented Minerva Bath at Wallingford Regatta at a rather windy and wavy Dorney Lake on Sunday 3rd May 2009.
Anna and Helen raced in Intermediate 2 and Intermediate 1 singles with semi's and finals in both events. In Int 2 1x both women won their heats to qualify for the final where Anna finished 3rd and Helen finished second.
In the tougher Int 1 category, Helen won in the final with Anna in second.
Gemma and Vicky were also in attendance. They were entered in Elite and Intermediate 1 coxless fours but unfortunately only got to race in Intermediate 1 as the Elite category was cancelled due to a lack of entries. The women were representing Minerva in a composite crew with Thames and Leander Rowing Clubs. All four women are aiming for places in the Great Britain Under 23 Team this summer. They won the heat comfortably and did the same in the final.
Gemma and Vicky now look forwards to Essen, Germany where they will be racing on 15th - 17th May 2009. This will be in two fours and an eight as we build towards selecting the GB U23 team for this summer.
All four women will be racing at the Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney on 30th-31st May. Again, Helen and Anna will be in their singles whilst Vicky and Gemma will mix things up with the other aspiring U23 Women.
Gemma, Helen and Vicky are all athletes on the World Class Start Programme. The Amateur Rowing Association's World Class Start Scheme sponsored by Siemens is 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 five years including one U23 World Champion. The athletes in Bath train at the University of Bath and at Minerva Bath Rowing Club. For more information on this article or the World Class Start Programme please contact Paul Stannard, Performance Development Coach, GB Rowing: firstname.lastname@example.org