Outstanding national result for girl rowers
Newark Rowing Club’s junior women showed tremendous potential as they rowed to fifth place in the British Junior Championships.
Competing in the junior 16 coxed fours at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham, were stroke Amelia Tunnicliffe, 15, Maisie Archer Dytch, 15, Anna Shaw, 15, bow Lilly Kane, 15, and cox Immi Loach Martin, 12.
Coach Adam Stancer said: "It was an outstanding result considering the girls were racing up a year and two of the crew had only been rowing for a couple of months."
They came third in the time trial to earn a place in the semi-final, where the team needed to finish in the top three to make the A final.
In a fantastic race, they rowed long, strong and were quick off the mark, following the race plan.
Stancer said: "As we were in a comfortable second place, the girls preserved energy by tapering off in the second-half of the race because they were making the A final.
"The girls had to wait five hours for the final and were instructed to stay hydrated and fed in the blazing sun.
"We went for a pre-race paddle to settle any stiff muscles.
"Then in the final the girls went off like a train and were in third position after 750m.
"They raced extremely well and in the end came fifth against some of the biggest and strongest clubs in the country."
The junior squad is looking for sponsorship from businesses to help fund new kit and support future projects.