Amidst a busy weekend of racing at the fantastic National Schools Regatta (more to come from us on that shortly), the GB team had some fantastic results at the European Junior Rowing Championships in Gravelines, France.
The standout performance of the weekend has to go to Jake Offiler and James Cartwright, of Globe RC and Gloucester RC respectively, who won their heat in the men's double sculls, before going on to take the gold medal in the event. They were just 0.28 seconds ahead of strong challengers from Italy in the silver medal position and 0.51 seconds clear of Belarusian bronze medallists in a very competitive final. Coach Dan Cooper highlighted that this is the best result GB have ever had at the Junior Europeans, with the previous best being 5th place.
Tideway Scullers School's Laurence Joss, absent from National Schools this weekend after taking the title in the Championship 1x last year, raced fantastically to place 7th overall in a very competitive category, winning his B final in style three seconds clear of the next sculler.
On the girls' side, Phoebe Campbell (Thames Tradesman) of last year's Junior World Championships quad also raced well, to place 4th in her B final of the women's single sculls. The young double entry of Rhiannon Morgan (Gloucester RC) and Izzy Lack (TSS) also gained greatly from the racing experience, performing fantastically well to finish 5th in the B final in a field of many talented scullers.