Eleven of the Ardingly Rowing Club junior athletes represented the South East at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta at the National Water Sports Centre on Saturday. This was the first six-lane regatta for most of these rowers, many who have only raced in time-trial events before now. The wind and rain on the wide lake made conditions ‘interesting’ to say the least – and helped them realise how lucky they are to train on Ardingly Reservoir. All the Ardingly rowers put in commendable performances and there was some very tight racing. No medals were won but amongst the many highlights of the day were the Women’s J14 double scull, Anna and Millie, who won their Petit Final having been pipped to the Grand Final by just 1 second, the Women’s J16 double coming second in their Petit Final, an almost photo finish for the Men’s J16 quad in their Petit Final, and our two crews who raced up an age group (the Women’s quad and the Men’s single scull) where they beat older competitors and were certainly never out-classed. Indeed, the WJ14 double were also racing one year up and could, if they qualify again, do exactly the same event with one more year of training and growing next year.
Jonathan Warren, one of the parents, reported that his daughters came home ‘Proud, happy and exhausted’. The squad Coach, Wolfgang Weis told us, ‘Most of all, I really enjoyed the team spirit, the fun they all seem to have and the great support they all gave to each other. It was truly Club rowing at its best.’
Ardingly Rowing Club Junior Squad’s next event is the Ball Cup to be held at Dorney Lake, Eton in May where 21 athletes from the Club will compete on the Olympic Regatta venue.
Iain Weir, Rowing Photography,