JIRR trails:

Saturday saw the junior squad, including several new rowers who have joined us in the past 6 months, competing at the Junior Inter-regional Selection Trials. These are trials to be selected to represent the North at the National Inter-regional Regatta. All of the crews were a credit to the club, showing good technique, racing grit and gaining complements from other club coaches.

Joe and Thibau came second and third respectively in the J16 singles to a very strong sculler from Talkin Tarn.

Rachel, in her first inter club race in a single, rowed very well indeed but had a couple of bank encounters that hampered her time.

Jess and Rachel also looked great in their race but again, lack of race experience showed, although their improvement over the last few months has been very impressive.

In the WJ15 4x+, the row was also about getting valuable experience in a race setting. They set a benchmark time and have been able to identify where they need to be in order to progress in competitions, which I am sure they are capable of in the future.

In the WJ16 4x, Siobhan, Hannah, Lucy and Bridget dominated their category, beating the next fastest opposition by 35 seconds. They have been selected to represent the North at JIRR in April, which will be fantastic to have the club competing on the national stage.

I'm very proud of all of the crews and the hard work they, and Ellie Goodes put in to making some of the best looking crews out there yesterday.

(Photos 1 & 2 courtesy of Machteld Milen Vansteenkiste. Photo 3 courtesy of Ian Jamieson)


Junior Skills Day:

On Sunday, we welcomed around 20 rowers from George Heriots School in Edinburgh and Sunderland Rowing Club to a junior skills day. This event is run in a similar vein to the Sunday League, although all rowers must have been rowing less than a year and be in scratch crews.

With around 30 young people completing the skills course twice each over the course of the afternoon, everyone had a great time trying to master the skills, improve their time and socialising with other new rowers.

A great day was had by all, helped by the pleasant weather and calm conditions. A big thanks to helpers from George Heriots for help with timing and Machteld, Thibau's mum, for manning the kitchen and keeping everyone topped up with snacks and drinks.

(Photo courtesy of Machteld Milen Vansteenkiste)

A good weekend all round, I personally am really excited for the regatta season, the squad continues to grow and with that can come more success.

Ben Rowe (Junior Coach)