This month's minihead saw a bumper entry of 27 boats (72 competitors!) in the run-up to the Tees head races next weekend. Lovely conditions though lots of debris on the water, and some very close finishes. Thank you to the Vet Men for running the event with the addition of the delicious corned beef pie we have come to know and love from Marian Olver, and some extremely tasty brownies baked by Fiona Ventress!

 

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.

 

This month's minihead took place in pleasant conditions despite foggy weather while boating. We had a good turnout with plenty of boats of all sizes, and some close racing at times. Thanks to the Juniors and Juniors Mams for running this event; the cakes went down very nicely!

Some great results from what is normally a quiet month!
 
Peterborough Summer Regatta 8-9 August
Ada 1x 1,000m: winner James Rose
Ada 1x 500m: winner James Rose
This is a fantastic start to James' racing career and demonstrates what potential this committed athlete has. We're going to hear a lot more from James!
 
British Rowing Sculling Festival 15-16 August
Women's Main Event - Senior: 1st place - Jo Wratten
Men's Main Event - Senior: 3rd place - Callum Johnson
Men's Main Event - U23: 2nd place - Callum Johnson
Great results again for our Start athletes. I needn't say more as we all know how committed this squad are and what an asset they are to Tees!
 
Kind regards
 
Jo