Following Stratford upon Avon Boat Junior 15 Squad’s performance at Hampton Small Boats Head, the reputation of the Club amongst the big rowing schools and clubs continues to ascend. Over 750 crews and scullers raced in procession over three kilometers on the River Thames close by Hampton Court downstream from Sunbury Lock.
Katie Philips in her single scull raced well to claim fourteenth position in her event. This followed an outstanding effort by Joe Hodson in his single scull as he finished in eleventh place from a fleet of twenty six boats. The quadruple sculls girls’ crew of Gracie Mitchell, Molly Gill-Swift, Khloe Curnock and Katie Wellstead expertly coxed by Mimi Hill also finished eleventh in a fleet of thirty one boats and only forty seconds behind the winner.
The phenomenal Stratford performance of the day was Jessica Wiesheu and Emily Browne who took the bronze medal in the girls’ double sculls finishing thirteen seconds behind the winners and beating crews from many famous girls’ rowing schools including those who row regularly on the River Thames.
See also Stratford Herald p20 and Stratford Observer p37.