The Great Britain Para double sculls trunk and arms stroke  , Laurence Whiteley recently dropped into his home club while on a break from his hard training sessions at Caversham  where he is now based. Along with his sculling partner Lauren Rowles he not only got the GB boat qualified for Rio and the Olympics but they also took the Silver medal just missing out on the gold by a mere half a second to the Australian World Champions .
While at Tees , Laurence met up with some of his fellow Para and row ability athletes and chatted to everyone before they took to the water. As well as the athletes he re connected with his former coach Greg Beswick and the squads head coach John Winton.

From left to right
John Winton (Squad Head Coach and fixed seat athletes coach), LTA-Gillian Lathan,

LTA-Ian Roland, TA- Laurence Whitely, TA -James Rose, Martin Bowers, AS -Nicky Everett,
Greg Beswick ( Laurences former coach and current LTA coach)
LTA - Legs Trunk and Arms athlete.
TA - Trunk and Arms athlete.
AS - Arms and Shoulders athlete.

 

Tees athletes qualified their respective boats for next year's

Olympic Games in Rio, at the World Rowing

Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

43 People, including 13 Durham ARC visitors, dashed up river to Yarm in a flurry of singles , doubles, quads and an eight on a perfect windless, slightly cloudy day.

The sole representative from Tees at the third Northern League 2015 event  enjoyed the fruits of their recent sweep training by winning two races at Hexham. 

Chastened by their previous poor performance the team had asked for coaching from Philip Searle, indulging also in video analyses of their performances. 

“After considerable training, we could only detect technique faults through dramatically slowing the action down” explained a grizzled team member with tongue firmly in cheek.

John Pattison, Len Small, Ernie Bland, John Anderson and Lukas van Vuuren