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Newark Rowing Club history made at National Schools’ Regatta by 17 year olds Connie Ferrer and Neve Woodman




Club history was made by 17-year-olds Connie Ferrer and Neve Woodman who became the first girls’ crew to medal at championship level.

May Bank Holiday weekend saw Newark Rowing Club history at the National Schools’ Regatta as Ferrer and Woodman, racing for the Crockford Bowl Championship Girls double sculls, qualified for the A-final after finishing fourth overall in the time trial.

The 2,000m final saw tough competition from Hartpury College and Peterborough City with Newark sitting in sixth place for the first half of the race.

Neve Woodman and Connie Ferrer. Credit: AllMarkOne photography (47804200)
Neve Woodman and Connie Ferrer. Credit: AllMarkOne photography (47804200)

However, Ferrer and Woodman moved through the other crews, fighting for the bronze medal position during the final 1,000m.

The girls narrowly beat Hartpury College to third place by two seconds at Dorney Lake, Windsor.

The club had further entries in the championship, with Newark finishing in the top 20 across all of their events.

Neve Woodman (bow) Connie Ferrer (Stroke). Credit: AllMarkOne photography (47804207)
Neve Woodman (bow) Connie Ferrer (Stroke). Credit: AllMarkOne photography (47804207)

“National Schools’ Regatta is one of the biggest events in the calendar for our junior squad,” said head coach, Ashley Cowley.

“The junior squad has had a tough year with training due to lockdowns but it is such a pleasure to be able to get back to racing.

“To bring home results like we did this weekend makes all of the hard training miles worth it.

“This is just the start for Newark Rowing Club’s 2020-21 season.

Oliver Robertson. Credit: AllMarkOne photography (47804197)
Oliver Robertson. Credit: AllMarkOne photography (47804197)

“I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds.”

The National Schools’ Regatta was the first event of the 2020-21 campaign for Newark Rowing Club’s junior squad.

The fixture was one of the biggest events in the race calendar.

More than 1,000 competitors and countless clubs from across the country entered the junior rowing competition.

Newark had further entries in championship girls’ quads, championship boys’ single sculls, j16 boys’ quads, and j16 girls’ quads.



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