Regatta thanks, makes it all worth while

Hi, I am writing to thank you all for putting on the regatta last Saturday even with the weather!

I just wanted to share with you something that makes it all worthwhile.

Due to the weather effecting the timescale slightly our 2 J14 quads, one boys and one girls were due to put to the water at about the same time. As we only had one cox we quickly asked one of our rowers sisters (who is very shy and has just started to learn coxing with ourselves) to jump into the boys quad. I say asked, we didn’t really give her any time to think about it. Your stewards were really helpful in finding some weights to bring her up to the minimum requirement, and away she went.

In a really close race we managed to win by just a couple of feet. Our coach said that of all the events of the day seeing this little girl who is usually very shy, smiling from ear to ear and even doing a little victory fist pump! was by far the most memorable.

She now can’t wait to continue coxing and start to learn to row sometime later this year.

Thanks again

Justin Jackson

Cardiff & Vale Schools Rowing Academy Treasurer

Coxless Quad (4x) – Fund raising

Junior members of the club have identified the need for a 4x so that J16 and older can compete. They have resolved to raise funds, seek whatever grant aid may be available and adopt other ideas to amass a target of £8000. Parents with appropriate expertise have stepped in to help, guide and search for grant aid.


Lucy Honychurch, our Junior Captain has launched the fund by seeking sponsorship for competing in the Stratford Half Marathon on Sunday 29 April. Here’s what Lucy had to say about it:


A wet and windy start to our fundraising for the four!! Last Sunday when I ran the half marathon (beginning the marathon task of raising enough money for a new boat) the weather conditions weren’t ideal…. However hard the wind blew, however hard the rain thrashed, I was going to run this race! There I was at the start- feeling a little like an animal for the slaughter behind all the metal fencing with all the other runners- ready to finish already. We began. The beginning was good- lots of spectators cheering and lots of things to keep me distracted. Everything was going good until Welford when the wind picked up, the rain began to sting your face as it was harshly blown into it, and there were no more spectators along the route to raise our spirits. But I kept going…the thought of a cup of tea spurred me on! Through all the puddles, and up the couple hills, along lots of roads…..finally I made it to the finish line! After 1 hour and 46 minutes and 50 seconds I could finally stop. However it definitely felt worth it. But of course when I stopped running, the rain didn’t stop raining. So I went to my second home; where I knew I could find a little warmth and shelter (and some spare dry kit that I could steal!) So I went to the boat club. I ran the half marathon for my boat club, and to help the juniors out. A have already raised a few funds from the half marathon which I am extremely grateful for, but a couple extra pounds from a couple extra people will make last Sunday even more worthwhile! So dig deep and help out your boat club.

Forthcoming fund raising events so get the dates in your diaries NOW:


Courtesy of Kineton High School the J15 boys are arranging & performing in their very own


Tuesday 26th June 2012 6.30pm – 8.30pm

At Kineton High School

All proceeds towards the Coxless Quad

Ticket details to follow


Friday 20 July at the Golden Cross, Ardens Grafton (courtesy of Debbie, Lucy’s sister)

An Outdoor Live Music Bash by the Boat Club’s talented musicians – ALL Boat Club musicians are invited to participate and entertain the vast crowds.

More details to follow.


The North / Winter WJ14 2x combination continued their winning streak at Worcester by completing 4 races each over 750 metres against Upper Thames, Worcester RGS, Stourport and Kings School Worcester. Then rowing with Cassie Bird and Georgia Holden coxed by Will Gladstone they won WJ14 4x+ beating two Hereford Cathedral School crews and Kings School Worcester. Will Gladstone sculling in J141x won his event too by overhauling a number of Worcester Royal Grammar School scullers

GOLD for the Boat Club at the Ball Cup 2012!

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GOLD for the Boat Club at the Ball Cup 2012!

Phoebe Winter and Imogen North took the Gold Medal in the WJ14 2x at the Ball Cup South held yesterday over 0.75k at the Olympic Rowing venue – Dorney Lake.


Thirty four of our junior athletes took to the water with 9 crews completing heats to qualify for finals on a time basis. The J14 4x+ of Will Gladstone, Harry Forte, Joe Taylor and Ben Clarke coxed by Harry Stirling, J14 1x Will Gladstone, J15 4x of Alex Beckett, Franklin Hamilton, Ed Lewry, Harry Stirling with Rebecca Stirling (cox) and J15 2x of Franklin Hamilton and Harry Stirling all took the Silver Medal with a Bronze for Robert Bonham in the J18 1x. Other qualifying finalists were J18 2x of Robert Bonham and Declan Birchall (4th) and J15 1x of Josh Danks Smith (6th).

The non-qualifying crews (J14 2x, WJ14 1x, 2 by J15 2x, J15 1x and WJ15 2x) put up tremendous performances particularly the WJ13 4x+ and 2x who were racing for the first time.

Straight finalists all winning medals were the boys 1st 4+ (Declan Birchall, Alex Gordon, Ollie Edkins, Mike Hazelwood and cox Belinda Saunders), the boys 2nd 4+ (Peter Simmons, Peter Boyse, Will Smith, Chris Broomfield and cox Jen Carus) and the girls 1st 4+ (Jen Carus, Lucy Honychurch. Fran Mills-Baker, Gabi Jones and cox Belinda Saunders). They finished 3rd, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Zizzi does it for Stratford Regatta

Will Bird, Operations Director for Zizzi Restaurants and Jo Wyles, Regatta Secretary

Stratford upon Avon Boat Club have started their Row for Gold Regatta celebrations by announcing that Zizzi restaurants will once again be sponsoring the event.

“We are delighted that Zizzi Restaurants are sponsoring our regatta again, especially as they have restaurants locally,” said Jo Wyles, Stratford Boat Club’s Regatta Secretary.

“Zizzi’s involvement with a local organisation fits well with Stratford Boat Club’s ethos.”

The 133-year old regatta will be held on Saturday 16th June this year, attracting crews from across the region for a celebration of rowing.

Racing is on the Town stretch of the River Avon, with beer and tea tents stationed on the banks to entertain the many visitors expected to attend.

For more information about the Regatta, visit

Find out more about British Rowing’s Row for Gold at

SUABC produces 2 world gold medalists

James Roe

James Roe

At the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, James won Gold in the LTA mixed coxed four with crewmates Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith, and (cox), Lily van den Broecke.

In Munich at the first World Cup of 2011 James raced in one of two GB LTAMix4+ boats to take gold with Germany in 2nd and the other GB boat taking bronze.

At the 2010 World Rowing Championships on Lake Karapiro in New Zealand, James – along with his crewmates Ryan Chamberlain, Kate Jones, Kelsie Gibson and cox Rhiannon Jones, won a silver medal in the adaptive mixed coxed four.  They narrowly led the race until the dying 100m when the Canadians surged to take the lead, crossing the line four-tenths of a second ahead of the British boat to win gold.  Germany took the bronze.

Earlier in the season James won gold in the LTAMix4+ at the first World Cup in Bled.  This followed the two gold medals he won in the same boat at the Varese International Adaptive Regatta in May.

James won gold in the adaptive mixed coxed four at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan; this success achieved by a crew with two rowers and the cox completely new to World Level rowing this year.

He was a new member of the adaptive squad in 2009 and his first GB vest was at the Varese International Regatta in the LTA mixed coxed four where he won gold on both days.  He raced in the same boat class for the Munich World Cup winning gold.

James graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 with a BA degree in Fine Art.  When he has time he does some coaching at Stratford-upon-Avon Boat Club.

James is Lottery Funded through UK Sport.

Camilla Hadland Interview











How long have you been doing your sport?
I have been rowing since I was 13 as a year 7, so almost 5 years now!
What influenced you to take up your sport?
A scheme called ‘project oarsome’ came into school to promote rowing and I thought that it would be interesting to try, so went along to the sessions after school. I really enjoyed it so continued through until now!
List your achievements during the past year

March 2012
Torch Bearer for ‘The Games’
As many of you may have heard, I received my conditional offer to be a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer back in December 2011. I am delighted to say that I have been given a confirmed place on the torch relay. Although I do not know exact details of my position on the run, I do know that it will be between Birmingham and Coventry somewhere on Sunday 1st July.
I am now heading off on training camp in France from Wednesday (21st March – 6th April)

July 2011
National Rowing Championships of Great Britain, I achieved a Silver Medal, held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.

May 2011
National Schools Regatta – I achieved 4th position, held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.
GB Junior Final trials, from Thursday 1st July through until Sunday 4th July at Caversham, Pinsent and Regrave Rowing Lake.
March 2009 Representing West Midlands at the Junior Inter-regional trials, NWSC Nottingham. Gold for their region. Single sculls event (WJ16 1x), attaining second position and a Silver medal for the region.

May 2009
Competing at the School’s Head of the River, held on the Thames, coxedfour in the older age group of WJ18. The crew finished 1st overall. At the National School’s Regatta in May, WJ18 coxed fours event, finishing first and winning Gold

July 2009
At the National Rowing Championships of G.B. competed in the older age category of WJ18, in both the coxless and coxed four events, finished in Gold Medal and Silver Medal positions respectively.
Following these results, these crews were both selected to represent England as WJ18 crews in the Home International Regatta one week later, where crews from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete. Coxless four crew finished in second position at the regatta and coxed team finished third overall.

October 2009
At the British Indoor Rowing Competition finished 5th in the individual WJ18 event and first in the WJ18 Team event winning a Gold medal. Invited to attend the Junior World Potential Camp for a week’s residential training and assessment by G.B. Junior coaches. Selected to attend a one week, residential G.B.Junior training camp in Nantes, France in December2009.
February /March 2010
Having been nominated by the junior and Under 23’s Head Coach and Selector, awarded a Sportsaid grant.
G.B.Junior Long Distance Trials and finishes in 17th position overall out of some 50+ individual single scullers. All compeitiors here must have achieved certain levels of performance criteria to take part and are invited from across the country. At the same trials competed in a coxless pair with partner from Gloucester, finishing in 4th position in a group of 12 pairs.
Invited to row in a Junior G.B.Triallists composite coxed 8 at the Women’s Head of the River. Rowing alongside team members from Runcorn R.C, Gloucester R.C, Glasgow Schools R.C, Canford School R.C, Latymer School R.C. and Nottingham R.C, this crew of 16, 17 and 18 year olds were entered as a ‘scratch crew’, in the Elite category. Finished 14th position overall out of some 300+ crews. finished 5th in the Elite category, which was won by the G.B. Senior Women’s composite crew which included some of our Olympic hopefuls.
G.B.Junior Spring Assessments, a 3 day residential camp at Nottingham. Finishing 2nd overall on stroke side and selected for the Munich International Regatta squad.
July/August 2010
World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice in the Czech Republic, got a Gold Medal in the Junior Women’s Eight category. This is the first ever girls gold medal Great Britain have ever won at the championships, after having many silvers and bronzes over the past few years!

Press/Media Coverage?
What would you say your greatest sporting achievement is?
I would say that so far, being selected to represent Great Britain has been my greatest achievement, but I hope there will be many more achievements this coming season that I can claim to be my greatest in the near future.
What are your future aspirations in your sport?
My main aim for this year is to compete at the Junior World or European Championships. For the future, I want to progress to eventually make it onto the senior rowing team for the world championships and maybe even the Olympics.

How often do you train?
I currently train 6 days a week, and have Friday as my day off. Weekdays I land train from 4pm-6pm and the weekends 9am-1pm on the water. Also, training camp in Chester for 2 weeks, followed by a week’s training camp in Caversham.
Why do you enjoy participating in sport?
I enjoy sport for the buzz that I get when I’m taking part and competing, and I can’t get that feeling from anything else. I also enjoy meeting new friends from all over the country that I know I’ll stay in touch with for a long time.

How may being selected to receive a CAP Bursary help you in your sporting career?
The bursary will allow me to travel to essential training camps and competitions, allowing me to progress further in the GB rowing system and hopefully achieve my goal of rowing at the Junior World, or European Championships this year