The junior men’s events at the annual Coupe de la Jeunesse get started tomorrow for GB’s 28 athletes strong squad. This year’s team feature a number of athletes with previous international vests from the Home International Regatta, the GB vs France match, Munich International Regatta and last year’s Coupe de la Jeunesse. A full team list can be found below. On the sculling front, a single, double and quad will race this weekend.
After a very successful season domestically with Maidenhead RC, Edoardo Marshall moves from the quad- which he raced in at last year’s Coupe- into the single, taking additional experience from Munich earlier this year with him.
Joe Murphy (Leander RC) and Jens Hullah (Minerva Bath RC) will race in the JM2x; a first time international representation for Joe whilst Jens competed at the GB vs France match back in 2016.
After racing as tough rivals all year, this year’s quad is made up of Leander’s Matthew Peters, the Windsor Boys’ School’s Isaac Workman, Maidenhead’s Elliott Kemp and Henley RC’s Bruce Turnell. The standard of junior men’s sculling in the UK has shown to be of a very high standard this year, with all four of these boys at the top end of JM4x racing throughout the year. Elliott returns to the quad having raced in this crew at last year’s Coupe after taking wins at the School’s Head, the Scullery and National Schools Regatta in this boat class. Meanwhile, Isaac brings on board two consecutive wins in the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley Royal as well as a win in the single at NSR in a mature and confident performance, coming up from several lengths down. Bruce’s Henley RC crewmate Balthsar Issa competes as the racing spare.
We spoke to the quad who confirmed that “inter-club rivalries and competition have been put aside for the greater good. #nug”.