Sunday 11th September will go down as a definite date to remember in Tees RC's history after Tees rower Laurence Whiteley and his partner Lauren Rowles took Paralympic Gold in the TAMix2x final in Rio.

 

Having already given us a taste of what they could do by storming through to win their heat in a new World Best Time, the crewmates controlled their final race from the start, pushing their main competition, the Chinese and French, into Silver and Bronze positions respectively, despite a strong push from the former in the last 250m. 

The crew's achievement is made even more impressive when you consider they have only been training together for 18 months. Laurence spent two years waiting for a suitable partner to be found before Lauren finally came to the fore, having transitioned into rowing from wheelchair racing. 

Needless to say we couldn't be more proud of our truly homegrown talent here at Tees, and are looking forward to welcoming Laurence home to celebrate!

 

(Picture credit: www.gazettelive.co.uk)

This month's minihead took place in glorious if slightly breezy conditions, with a big entry of 24 boats. Thank you to Warby's squad and a couple of extra helpers for running the event, to everyone who donated cakes to the Macmillan cake stall, and to the generous folks who donated to the cause with their entry fee and cake purchases - we raised over £210!

Next month's event will be run by the Wrecks and will take place on Sunday 2nd October.

It seems our winning ways at June's British Rowing Masters Championships have caught the attention of Stockton Borough Council...Our winning Masters H 4x- of Dick Marlow, Ralph Pickles, Bob Bainbridge and Chris Kenyon are currently featuring on SBC's website as part of their campaign to encourage participation in sport based around Rio 2016.

We're enormously proud of their achievements both on the water and in digital print, but don't just take our word for it, read for yourself what they've been up to by following this link:

https://www.stockton.gov.uk/news/2016/august/setting-the-gold-standard/

Congratulations gentlemen!

The Club is having an open day on Saturday 27th August as part of “I am Team GB”, our nation’s biggest ever sports day, so do come and join us, talk to rowers of all ages and look round our Club. You'll be able to enter a 250m ergo (rowing machine) challenge and see how close to a Gold medal winning standard you can get, and depending on the weather and numbers we may get you out on the water for 15 minutes.  If you then think that rowing is for you we will get you to register your details. The fun will be happening between 11:00 and 13:00. Starting age is 12 and please come dressed in suitable clothing.   For directions to the Club click on ”About the Club."