MEDALS for JUNIORS, SENIORS and MASTERS
All three age groups of competitors from Ardingly Rowing Club won glory in their races last weekend.
At the National Schools Regatta - a 3 day festival of rowing for all Clubs and Schools throughout the UK.
The 13 and 14 year old girls - Anna, Millie, Isabella and Georgia coxed by Ellie, beat 39 crews to come home with Bronze medals.
This means they can claim to be the 3rd fastest quadruple scull for their age group in the UK.
Club Captain, David Reed and Coach Wolfgang Weis watched the girls row with pride and grow in confidence throughout the event,
taking some big scalps from the largest club and school crews in the country!
Both were proud of the way the girls rowed all day and especially in the final where they rowed through the field to produce a very close finish taking Bronze and closing in on Silver.
The next day our 16,17 and 18 year old chaps - Rory, Todd, Jake and Billy - raced in a coxless quad and beat 14 other crews in the time trials to take them into the C final.
This represents a big move on for them from their performance in March so we are really proud of their development.
And on Sunday Billy and Jake raced in their double scull beating 40 other crews to finish in the top 1/3rd of scullers in the UK and with another year in that age group for them to get stronger and aim even higher.
At the same time, Ardingly rowers were tackling the J shaped course on the Thames at Twickenham Regatta in Richmond.
There were 12 wins from across the Club there - so many that the Regatta organisers learned how to pronounce the Club name correctly at prize-giving!
There were six wins for the Women - with wins for the youngest and the oldest in the squad!
There were six wins for the Men’s squad - again with an age range of 50 years.
The women’s wins were for Hope (WJ16 single scull), Hope and Rosie (WJ17 double scull), Sarah, Linda,
Jo and Jo in Women’s Masters D/E coxless fours, Ursula, Lynda, Sarah and Jo in Women’s E/F quad scull, Lynda and Ursula in Women’s E/F double, and Jo in her single.
For the men, wins came for Will and Henry in Novice doubles, Gilly and Joe in Intermediate double sculls, Alex and Pete in Masters C double,
Steve and Ian in Master E/F double, Dave in his Masters single and for Steve, Slavo, Ian and Colin in the Masters F/G quadruple scull.
This strength and depth across the Club is a fitting tribute to all the hard work put in by the volunteer coaches as well as by the rowers.
We are very proud of them all.